Is it possible to take more than 18 credits during the Fall and Spring semesters?

The following sections provide information for L&S undergraduate students who wish to take more than 18 credits during the Fall or Spring semester.

Can I take more than 18 credits during the Fall or Spring semester?


An L&S undergraduate student is eligible to take more than 18 credits during the Fall or Spring semester with the approval of an academic dean by filling out the Credit Overload Request Form.   A student will automatically be approved to take 19 or 20 credits if s/he has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at UW-Madison.   More information about credit loads for the academic year and the summer sessions can be found at credit load.
  • No student may carry more than 20 credits during the Fall or Spring term.
  • Students should request an overload within the first two weeks of the semester.
  • Additional fees are assessed for the 19th and 20th credits. 
  • Students interested in taking a winter interim course at another institution should fill out a credit overload form if they also plan to be registered at UW-Madison for the spring term and think the combination of winter interim and spring term will take them over 18 credits.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 at UW-Madison will have their request reviewed by an academic dean in L&S Undergraduate Deans' Services.  The student will be contacted if his/her request is denied.
  • For information about tuition and fees, see the Office of the Registrar's Tuition & Fees section.



Keywords:credit overload, heavy program, academic overload, summer credit load   Doc ID:21662
Owner:Tori R.Group:College of Letters & Science
Created:2011-12-08 21:48 CSTUpdated:2015-12-04 13:24 CST
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