Any UW-Madison undergraduate student in good academic standing is eligible to take one (1) course on a pass/fail basis per term and a maximum of sixteen (16) credits during his/her undergraduate career at UW-Madison. First-semester freshmen and transfer students without an established UW-Madison GPA are eligible to take a course on a pass/fail basis.
For L&S undergraduate students, good academic standing means a student is not on probation or in dropped status. An L&S undergraduate student is not eligible to declare pass/fail if she/he is:
- on probation
- on strict probation
- on continued probation
- on continued strict probation
- in dropped status
Pass/fail course registration must be completed by the end of the fourth week of classes (or the appropriate deadline date during the summer sessions). No changes to pass/fail registration are permitted after the registration deadline.
Students should make sure they take very few courses on a pass/fail basis if they are planning to apply to graduate or professional school. Students planning to apply to medical school should not take any coursework on a pass/fail basis. For more information regarding pass/fail, please see what does it mean to take a course pass/fail.
Warning: If a student is ineligible for pass/fail, the L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services unit will cancel the pass/fail registration, and the course grade will count for a grade. Notification of this change may arrive too late for you to drop the course or to add another. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that courses qualify for pass/fail (i.e., elective work not needed to fulfill any major or degree requirements).
L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services makes an effort to ensure the elective status of each class for which pass/fail is requested for each individual student, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to communicate with the student regarding ineligible courses before the deadline to drop or add classes.
- Students should expect a two-week turnaround time period for reviewing pass/fail requests. Thus, it is best that students submit their requests as early as possible as possible and not wait until the last day to request pass/fail.
Thus, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure that s/he qualifies to take a course on a pass/fail basis AND to confirm the course’s elective status before registering for a course on a pass/fail basis.