Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services

Welcome to the College of Letters & Science (L&S) Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services!  Academic Deans’ Services is an office that assists students in reaching their academic potential, attaining their undergraduate degrees, and realizing their human promise as citizens of a global community. Academic Deans’ Services primary mission is:

  • To provide accurate and comprehensive information about L&S academic rules and procedures for L&S undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and other interested parties.
  • Approve and process thousands of changes to L&S undergraduate registration and records each term.
  • Make discretionary decisions regarding the interpretation and implementation of College policy as it relates to individual cases and manage appeals of related concerns.
  • Participate in the development and evolution of L&S College Policy.
  • Provide backup and troubleshooting skills for L&S situations involving academic policy and records issues.

L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services also works:

  • To provide services, information, and support to L&S undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies engaged in educational programs, policies, and outreach
  • To assist campus-wide efforts to integrate a variety of voices into the University community in order to offer a welcoming, supportive, and responsive campus climate

Students will sometimes be encouraged by their academic advisor or instructor to speak with a dean. This always refers students to an academic dean and never to the Dean of the College of Letters & Science.  If you are an L&S undergraduate student who has been advised to speak with the dean or an academic dean, please contact L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services for more assistance.  Information about setting up a dean’s appointment can be found here.

L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services may be contacted at:

101 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI  53706-1319
Tel.: (608) 262-0617
Fax: (608) 262-5093
Email: lsdeans@saa.ls.wisc.edu

Office Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays)**

(Please make sure you include your 10-digit UW-Madison campus ID number when communicating via email.)

ADS Dean’s Appointment

L&S Administrative Gateway KnowledgeBase (KB)

Dean on Call Hours :  1:15 pm – 3:00 pm (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) – Individuals can call in to get assistance with general academic issues from an academic dean via phone.

**L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services is closed every week at the following time for staff meetings:

  • Wednesdays: 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

UW-Madison and L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services will be closed on the following official state holidays:

Thursday, November 25, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
Friday, December 31, 2021
Monday, January 17, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022