Frequently Asked Questions


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Where can I find semester deadlines?

I need help adding/dropping/swapping, etc. courses. Are there any online tutorials to help with this?

Yes! The Office of the Registrar has a number of online tutorials for using the Course Search & Enrollment app. If you are still having troubles after looking over these tutorials, we suggest coming to drop-in advising for additional assistance.

I have an enrollment hold on my account. How do I remove it?

You will need to contact whichever unit initiated the hold (e.g., Housing, Office of Student Financial Aid, etc.). You can find who placed the hold, as well as how to contact them, in your Student Center.

A course I want to enroll in is full or waitlisted. Any suggestions?

While we can offer some general advice for proceeding with waitlisted or closed courses, L&S AAS does not have control over closed courses nor waitlists. Each academic department (e.g., Computer Sciences, Political Science, etc.) manages access to their courses. If you have additional questions or concerns about this, you will want to contact the appropriate academic department. You’ll find contact information for UW-Madison’s academic departments in the Guide.

I have an enrollment hold saying that I need to declare a major but I am not yet eligible to declare. What do I do?

The Mandatory Major Declaration (MMD) hold is placed when an L&S student has reached senior standing (86 credits) and has not yet declared a major. If you are unable to declare your major due to prerequisites, etc., we recommend connecting with the advisor(s) for that particular major to discuss your next steps towards declaration. Once you work out a path forward with the major advisor(s), they can request your hold be removed by e-mailing L&S Academic Deans Services ( You can find contact information for major advisors in the Guide. If you are unable to connect with your intended major’s advisor, please contact your assigned academic advisor.

Can I take a course as Pass/Fail (P/F)?

Maybe. There are some restrictions to which courses can be taken as P/F. It’s a good idea to look over this page on P/F policy as a starting point and let your advisor know if you have questions. Note that P/F should not be confused with SD/UD disruption grades, which were grading options that were available for the spring 2020 and spring 2021 terms.

Is it OK if I drop below full-time student status?

Maybe. Full-time enrollment means being enrolled in at least 12 credits during the fall/spring semester. Sometimes students are required to attend full-time based on visa status, association with athletics, financial aid, etc. It also sometimes affects discounts related to things like insurance. If you are receiving financial aid, we recommend checking in with the Office of Student Financial Aid to make sure that dropping below full-time status would not impact your eligibility. We also recommend connecting with your academic advisor to discuss how taking courses part-time for a semester might impact degree progression. Additionally, it is a good idea to check in with any other campus commitments you may have (i.e. student organizations, campus jobs, etc.) to see if any of those commitments require being full-time. Many students do take less than 12 credits during the fall/spring semesters without any issue, though it will be your responsibility to make sure there are no reasons you need to be enrolled full-time.


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I have been accepted to UW-Madison. Can I meet with an AAS advisor to discuss L&S academics?

Congratulations on being admitted to UW-Madison! If your questions are primarily about course selection and academic options, we’ll go over this at our orientation program, SOAR, and you’ll be meeting with an academic advisor then. Note that there are also a number of prospective/admitted student events and information sessions throughout the year.

If you have additional questions, you can e-mail or submit an advising appointment request form. Please keep in mind that November, April, and June-August are particularly busy advising times and that, during the summer, we are unable to meet with SOAR students in advance of their advising week.

Can I be assigned an AAS advisor if I am not currently assigned to AAS?

To request an AAS advisor assignment, please carefully read over the guidelines on our advisor assignment request page and, if appropriate, submit the advisor assignment request form.

Can someone else come with me to my advising appointment?

Yes! Following FERPA guidelines, we will need you and anyone joining you to sign a release form before the appointment.

What is L&S Advising 2.0? And do I need to complete it?

L&S Advising 2.0 is an online Canvas course, designed as a follow-up to your SOAR academic advising experience. It provides important information for first-year students and, as such, we ask that all L&S AAS students in their first year at UW-Madison complete this course by the designated deadline. Most students will require around 30 minutes in total to complete it.

Where can I find more information about L&S degree requirements?

Your AAS advisor is a great resource if you have questions about degree requirements. In addition to your advisor, the L&S Guide provides helpful outlines of degree and major requirements. You will also find information about the L&S degree on pages 8-9 of the L&S SOAR handbook, as well as on this degree requirements worksheet. You can also run a DARS report to see how you are progressing towards those degree requirements (see below).

How do I run a What-If DARS?

The Office of the Registrar has a number of tutorials on how to access and understand a DARS report. If you have access to our online Canvas course, L&S Advising 2.0, you will also find DARS tutorials in Module 3.

If I drop a course, there will be a “DR” notation on my transcript. Is that bad?

A “DR” notation is a neutral academic record that a course was dropped. It is not meant to be a negative mark and having a few “DRs” on your transcript over a four- to five-year period is not significant. You can learn more on this DR policy webpage.

What does it mean to be on academic probation? And how do I clear it?

Academic Probation is a warning system that is meant to help students take steps to improve their academic standing. If you find yourself on academic probation, we highly encourage you to connect with your academic advisor to discuss your situation, campus resources, and steps for moving forward. You can learn more about probation policy on this L&S academic probation policy webpage.

How do I declare a major/certificate?

All majors and certificates must be declared through their respective academic departments. Steps to declare may vary and you can find specific declaration instructions for each major & certificate in the Guide. Locate the major/certificate you wish to declare and click on the “how to get in” heading.

I'm thinking about taking a course at another institution. Would those credits transfer back to UW-Madison?

Maybe. To determine how those credits might transfer, Credit Evaluation Services’ webpage on transfer credit is a good place to start. It’s also a good idea to connect with your assigned academic advisor to discuss your plans.

Campus Resources

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I’m having a difficult time in one or more of my courses. Where can I find more information about academic support and tutoring?

UW’s Academic Support website is a great place to start. If you have more concerns about any of your courses, it’s also a good idea to connect with your instructors and your academic advisor.

Where can L&S students access career advising?

There are a number of career advising resources available to L&S students. The Career Exploration Center (CEC) helps students who are unsure about which major and/or career fields might interest them. L&S SuccessWorks is a great resource for students who want to learn more about a certain career area, polish their resumes, and/or get advice for internship and job searches. Some major departments also offer their own career advising resources, so it’s also a good idea to check your major’s Guide page.

What advising resources are available to Pre-Health and Pre-Law students?

The Center for Pre-Health Advising and the Center for Pre-Law Advising are both excellent resources for UW-Madison students.

I’m interested in studying abroad. Where should I start exploring?

UW-Madison’s primary study abroad advising hub is International Academic Programs (IAP) and their website is a good place to start. You might also want to look into IAP’s study abroad Major Advising Pages (MAPs) for your intended major.

Where can I find more about health and wellbeing resources at UW-Madison?

University Health Services (UHS) is the UW–Madison student health center, with the goal of promoting, protecting, and restoring health and well-being through integrated medical, mental health, and prevention services.

I have questions about my F1/J1 visa. Who should I connect with?

International Student Services (ISS) is the best point of contact for all things related to student visas. You can find more information about their advising services on this page.