What is my class standing?

This section explains how students are classified in L&S based on the number of credits and grades earned.

How can I figure out my class standing in L&S?

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science are classified by year according to the number of credits and grade points they have earned.  Students are classified as follows:
  • Freshman Standing (Level): fewer than 24 credits
  • Sophomore Standing (Level): at least 24 credits
  • Junior Standing (Level): at least 54 credits 
  • Senior Standing (Level): at least 86 credits
These credits must be in courses that count toward an L&S degree.  Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate credits, credit by departmental examination, and retroactive credits (retrocredits) will count toward a student's class standing (level).

**Please note that a first-year student may have sophomore or higher classification based on the number of credits s/he has at the end of each term.  For example, a first-year student may have junior standing at the end of his/her first semester at UW-Madison if s/he finishes the term with 54 or more degree credits. 




Keywords:freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, class standing, retrocredits, CLEP, advanced placement, International Baccalaureate credits, credit by departmental examination   Doc ID:21122
Owner:Tori R.Group:College of Letters & Science
Created:2011-11-02 23:15 CSTUpdated:2017-10-05 10:42 CST
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