Policy - Undergraduate Major Declaration
Information on the major declaration policy for schools/colleges that enroll undergraduates.
Schools/colleges generally will provide undergraduates two semesters of enrollment at UW-Madison before enforcing a policy on undergraduate major declaration, recognizing that some students have accumulated a significant number of college credits before enrolling as new freshmen or transfer students.
Currently, each school and college maintains a distinct policy on major declaration. Some schools and colleges impose a maximum number of semesters of enrollment or a set number of credits earned by which a student must declare a major. Other schools and colleges impose a maximum number of applications a student may attempt to declare a major. Schools/colleges may continue to use these various types of policy under this institutional umbrella policy.
A declared major is defined as a major that carries a degree granting plan code entered on a student’s record in the student information system. Plan codes that do not lead to a degree (e.g., pre-codes) are not declared majors.
Undergraduate students are defined as all students who apply and are admitted through the undergraduate admissions process and who are enrolled in the UGRD career.The Guide) or an equivalent university-wide electronic or paper publication. School/college dean’s offices will continue to enforce their policy. Annually, the Office of the Registrar will generate a list of undergraduates with more than 86 credits and 2 semesters of enrollment at UW-Madison who do not have a declared major. Academic Planning and Institutional Research will review these lists and send them to deans’ offices for review of policy effectiveness. A routine process for this exchange of information will be developed.