Enrollment Related Information
The enrollment system does not allow students to enroll for more credits than their maximum credit limit or drop below the minimum credit limit if applicable. Students must contact their academic dean’s office for exceptions.
*Note: Undergraduate and special students will be subject to additional tuition if they exceed their credit load based on all credits for which they may have enrolled during the term. Students should consult with their academic dean regarding credit loads.
Special Notes for Summer
Students are limited to course enrollment equal to one credit per week of session with the exception of the eight week general session. That session allows for 9 credits over the eight week period. The enrollment system does not allow students to enroll for more credits than their credit limit. Students must contact their academic dean’s office for exceptions.
*Note: Undergraduate and special students will be subject to additional tuition if their credit loads exceed 12 credits based on all credits for which they may have enrolled during the term. Graduate and professional school students should check with their dean regarding maximum credit loads.
Summer Session Credit Overload
Below is the recommended process for a session credit overload request:
- Student should add classes through their Add a Class page in the Student Center until the maximum session credit load has been reached.
- Student should go to the Course Change Request page to initiate their request to add another class in that same session.
- Student should save their request, print the form, obtain the appropriate signatures, and take the form to their academic dean’s office for approval.
- The academic dean’s office would accept or deny the request.
- If approved, Enrollment Services will process the request.
Students earning Retroactive Credits (in foreign languages)Retroactive credits are entered on the university transcript during the term following the term in which these credits are earned. Retroactive credits do not advance a student’s enrollment priority for the term immediately following the term in which the course to earn retroactive credits was taken. For more information, read the University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Institute’s page on retroactive language credits.
Enrollment with other UW System campusesUW-Extension: To enroll in a UW-Extension Independent Study Course, undergraduate or special students must obtain permission from their academic dean. Students must enroll for the course at UW-Extension during the first two weeks of the term, subject to the independent study credit rules and procedures, and present their UW-Madison paid fee receipt and academic action from their dean.
Other UW Campuses: To enroll jointly at another UW-System campus, UW-Madison undergraduate and special students must obtain permission from their academic dean. Course enrollment is accomplished on each campus according to the rules and procedures of that campus. In all cases, the grade and grade points earned will not be entered on the student’s permanent record maintained at UW-Madison, but the credits will be transferred subject to the final evaluation. Fees will be assessed in accordance with UW-System policy.
Late Initial EnrollmentA $50.00 late initial enrollment fee is assessed to students who add their first class after their respective Late Initial Enrollment Deadline:
| Spring 2016
||All students, except university specials and guests||Friday, January 22
||University specials and guests||Friday, January 29|
| Fall 2015
||All students, except university specials and guests|| Friday, September 4
||University specials and guests|| Friday, September 11
For questions regarding late enrollment, view the Late Enrollment Policy.
Initial course enrollment after the Add Deadline Date requires the permission of the student’s academic dean and departmental permission for each course for all students. Advisor approval, if required, should be accomplished in accordance with the procedures established in the respective college or school (see the following table).
*Note: Permission to enroll late is not granted automatically.
|Type of Student||Advisors
|Academic Dean’s Office|
|Grad Students||Yes||217 Bascom Hall|
|Law Students||No||5105 Law|
|Medical Students||No||2150 HSLC|
|Pharm D Students||Yes||1203 Rennebohm Hall|
|Physical Therapy Master’s||Yes||1140 Med Sci Center (MSC)|
|Master of Public Health||Yes||1140 Med Sci Center (MSC)|
|Veterinary Medicine||No||Rm 2268, 2015 Linden Dr.|
|Undergrad and College Special Students:||
|Ag & Life Sciences||No||116 Ag Hall|
|Business||*see below||3150 Grainger Hall|
|Education||No||139 Education Bldg|
|Engr First Year||Yes||1150 Engineering|
|Human Ecology||No|| 1194 Nancy Nichols Hall
|Letters & Science||*see below|| 110 Ingraham Hall
|Nursing||Yes|| 1131 Cooper Hall, Signe Skott
|Pharmacy||Yes||1203 Rennebohm Hall|
|Division of Continuing Studies:||
|University Specials||No||21 N. Park St, 7th floor|
|Guest Students||*see below||21 N. Park St, 7th floor|
*Late Enrollment Activities for these students may require advisor’s approval:
Letter's & Sciences Late Enrollment:
Guest students must obtain the authorization of the instructor for each course in which they enroll.
Religious Observances and Mandatory Academic RequirementsIt is the university’s policy that mandatory academic requirements, such as exams, should not be scheduled on days when religious observances may cause substantial numbers of students to be absent from the university. Any student who has a conflict between a mandatory academic requirement and a religious observance (which may include travel time) must notify his/her instructors within the first two weeks of class of the specific days or dates on which he or she requests relief. It is understood that instructors may set reasonable limits on the total number of days claimed by any one student. Make-ups may be scheduled before or after the regularly scheduled requirements. If, after speaking with the instructor, a student believes he/she has not been accommodated, that student should speak with the faculty member’s department chair.
Obtaining a University Photo ID Card (Wiscard)To be eligible for an ID card, a student must be enrolled for classes and present some form of valid photo identification.
Final Exam InformationDetailed final exam date and time information can be found in Student Center in My UW.
Repeatable CoursesUndergraduates are not able to repeat any course, with all grades (A through F) and their associated grade points included in the grade point average, but with credits counted only once for any other purpose. Students should consult their dean’s office for any additional requirements.
IncompletesFor more information regarding incompletes, visit the Incomplete page on the Office of the Registrar website.