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Overview of the components featured on UW-Madison transcripts.

Transcript Components

Your transcript is the official record of your UW–Madison academic history, including courses taken, grades received, and degrees that have been awarded.
See below the different components that constitute your transcript.

Career

Career name is displayed at the top of every page.
Each career is listed on a separate page in this order:
  1. Undergraduate
  2. Graduate
  3. Law
  4. Medicine
  5. Pharmacy
  6. Veterinary
  7. Special Student

Degrees awarded

All degrees earned, in any career, display at the top of the first page of every career along with:
  • Confer date(s)
  • Degree GPA
  • Majors
  • Degree honors (if applicable)
Degrees awarded

Degree honors

Applicable degree honors will display beneath the corresponding degree at the top of the first page of each career in which the student has been enrolled.

The language used to describe degree honors varies:
  • Eligible undergraduate students who have at least 60 UW-Madison credits completed (residence credits) and whose cumulative grade point average placed them in the top 20% of their graduating class will have “Graduated with Distinction” indicated.
  • Eligible undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, School of Human Ecology, and School of Pharmacy who meet the criteria for Graduated with Distinction and rank in the top 5% of their graduated class will have “Graduated with Highest Distinction” indicated.
  • Upon recommendation of a department to the Dean, eligible undergraduate students who have not earned the Honors Degree in the College of Letters and Science may earn:
    • Distinction in the Major for outstanding work in the major and passing a comprehensive examination on that work
    • Thesis of Distinction for writing an exceptionally good or original thesis
  • Eligible Law School students will have the Latin honors indicated as follows:
    • Cum laude: a cumulative GPA of 3.35 to 3.64 on reported 4.3-scale letter grades
    • Magna cum laude: a cumulative GPA of 3.65 to 3.84 on reported 4.3-scale letter grades
    • Summa cum laude: a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or better on reported 4.3-scale letter grades
  • Undergraduate students may also have honors posted recognizing their participation in Honors Programs.
    The following honors programs exist at the undergraduate degree/major level, by school/college:
Degree honors

GER satisfied

Displays on the first page of undergraduate career, before the undergraduate record.

Indicates which General Education Requirement are satisfied (excluding Ethnic Studies).
For information about GER: https://gened.wisc.edu/

GER satisfied

Declared plans by term

Each term header shows declared major(s) options, honors, minors and certs as of that term, providing a term-by-term declaration history.
  1. Spring 2018-2019: General BS degree, no major.
    Declared plan

  2. Summer 2019: Program and major are Applied Math and Engineering Physics.
    Declared plan

  3. Fall 2019-2020: Program/Major stayed the same, added 2 certificates.
    Declared plan

Transfer/test credits

Transfer, test and other credits display with the term in which the credit was articulated/posted.
Transfer and test credits

Term and cumulative statistics

Term and cumulative summary statics display after each term.
  • UW-Madison Term/Cum Summary.
    Credits taken in UW-Madison in term/cum.
  • Adv Stg Term/Cum Summary
    Test or transfer credits in term/cum.
  • Combined Term/Cum Summary
    Both UW-Madison and test/transfer credits in term/cum.
  • GPA
    Only courses attempted in UW-Madison are counted towards your GPA.
    Attempted courses where an F grade is received are also included in grade point calculations unless successfully repeated.
  • Attempted
    Number of credits you’ve enrolled in term/cum.
  • Earned
    Number of credits you’ve completed in term/cum.
  • GPA Units
    Number of credits counted towards your GPA in term/cum.
  • Points
    Number of points calculated after course is graded:

    Grade A AB B BC C D F NR
    Grade Points 4 3.5 3 2.5 2 1 0 0
Term and cumulative statistics

geBLC

Courses with geBLC properties will display the relevant code(s) after the course name.

The alpha codes indicate how courses count toward undergraduate student’s requirements:
General education
Ethnic studies
Breadth
Level
Credit (L&S)
(otherwise known as geBLC codes).

While the geBLC codes denoted general education categories for undergraduate students only, if a course carries a geBLC value, it will always display, even if the student enrolled in the course is a graduate, professional or special student.

geBLC decoder
geBLC
  • AFROAMER 272: Ethnic Studies, Social Science, Elementary, Credit (L&S)
  • BIOLOGY 151: Biological Science, Elementary, Credit (L&S), crosslisted, Quantitative Reasoning Part B
  • MATH 221: Natural Science, Intermediate, Credits (L&S), Quantitative Reasoning Part B

Crosslisted course

Crosslisted courses are listed as a lower-case ‘x’ appearing immediately following the geBLC codes (or where they should appear).

A crosslisted course is a course offered under more than one departmental heading.
Crosslisted course

Repeated course

Repeated courses are listed as a lower-case ‘x’ appearing immediately before the course name.

A repeated course is a course taken more than once.
Repeated course

Honors in class

Courses taken for honors display the appropriate honors designation as a course sub-line.
  • Honors Optional (%)
  • Honors Only Courses (H)
  • Accelerated Honors (!)
Hornors in class

Topic course

Displays course title and the topic as a course sub-line.
Hornors in class

Drop/Withdrawal

Courses dropped and term withdrawal after the Drop/Withdrawal date will appear along with the action date.
  • Dropped class on 01/30/2019, withdrawal date 03/27/2019 (additional course dropped when withdrawal is processed)
    Withdrawal with drops

  • Withdrawal date 05/26/2019, was not enrolled in any classes when withdrawal was processed.
    Withdrawal no courses

Academic standing actions

Academic standing actions will display in the relevant term footer. Last action will always show.
Academic standing

Term honor

Term honor will display in the relevant term footer for undergraduate and law students. The language used to describe term honor varies: A student who receives any of the above term honors is considered to be on the University’s Dean’s List for a given term. More information about term honors/dean’s list can be found here.

Term honor

Career totals

Total number of credits/points and GPA for the career will display on the bottom of the last page of each career.
  • Advanced Standing Credits
    Test or transfer credits.
  • Cum Credits
    Cumulative credits taken in UW-Madison.
  • Cum GPA Credits
    Cumulative GPA credits taken in UW-Madison.
    Attempted courses where an F grade is received are also included in grade point calculations unless successfully repeated.
  • Cum Grade Points
    Cumulative points calculated after course is graded:

    Grade A AB B BC C D F NR
    Grade Points 4 3.5 3 2.5 2 1 0 0
  • GPA
    Only courses attempted in UW-Madison are counted towards your GPA.
    Attempted courses where an F grade is received are also included in grade point calculations unless successfully repeated.
Career totals

Non-course milestones

Displays on the bottom of the last page of relevant career.

Degree progress benchmarks that are not solely dependent on course completion.
Examples: Remedial math, Engineering, Graduate student progress.

For more information contact the relevant school/college.
Non-course milestones

Memoranda

Displays on the bottom of the last page of relevant career.
Includes notes about changes to the student record, academic standing actions, or other exceptions that have been authorized by the academic dean’s offices.
Examples: Grade changes, GER requirements not met, disciplinary/academic standing actions.

All notes under memoranda display on an unofficial transcript. Active disciplinary standing actions will display on an official transcript until cleared or expired.
Memoranda

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