This section explains the rules for taking more than the maximum number of credits for L&S undergraduate students during the academic year or summer session.
Letters & Science undergraduate students who wish to take more than 18 credits during the fall or
spring semester can do so with the approval an L&S academic
dean. Students obtain this permission by filling out the credit overload request form.
Please note that taking more than 18 credits during the regular
semester (e.g., taking 19 or 20 credits) is usually referred to as a
heavy program or an "academic overload".
- A 19 or 20 credit load may only be carried by L&S undergraduate
students who have earned at least a cumulative GPA of 3.00 at
UW-Madison. There is no exception to the policy.
- No student may carry more than 20 credits during the fall or spring semester.
- Additional fees are assessed for the 19th and 20th credit as these credits fall outside the flat fee assessed for 12-18 credits. See the Office of the Registrar's website for information regarding tuition rates and fees.
- The overall limit for summer work is twelve (12) credits (or thirteen with special permission).
- The credit limit per summer session is the number of weeks of the session. In other words, a student can only earn 3 credits in a 3-week summer session. It might be possible to get permission to take up to one additional credit over the number of weeks a session meets.
- An L&S undergraduate student needs permission from an L&S
academic dean to carry one (1) additional credit per week in a session
(e.g., four  credits in a 3-week session) by filling out the credit overload request form.
- Additional information about credit load and summer sessions can be found under enrollment-related information.