The L&S senior residence requirement states that all students must earn a minimum of 30 degree credits in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after they have earned 86 credits toward their undergraduate degree. Credits are considered “in residence” if they are earned for UW-Madison course work, including courses taken online or on a UW-Madison administered study abroad program.
This requirement intends to ensure that the student’s depth of study–which should occur in more advanced-level courses within the major with faculty instruction, and in areas of research — are uniquely UW-Madison experiences. These credits do not have to be contiguous for the requirement to be met.
Because the requirement begins with the 87th credit, students have the flexibility to take four (4) credits out of residence in the senior year without needing to obtain special permission. Exceptions to the senior residence requirement may be granted in cases where a student is in good academic standing and has a specific need to take fewer than 30 credits in their senior year.
Courses that do not count as “in residence” include:
- UW Extension and other transfer credit
- courses completed at other UW System schools
- courses taken through non UW-Madison administered study abroad programs
- courses taken abroad through another institution
- AP credits
- credit by examination
- retroactive credits (retrocredits)