The University of Wisconsin-Madison is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Grading System
- Abbreviations and Symbols
- Year Level Definitions
- Course Numbering System
- Law School Grades
- School of Medicine and Public Health
- The Honors Program
- Transcript from Other Institutions
- Recording of UW Work Prior to January 1972
- All credits are based on semester hours.
- A 4.000 grading system is used.
- Prior to 1954-55 a 3.00 grading system was used.
- Intermediate grades of AB and BC were instituted as of September 1973.
- In Spring 2020, UW-Madison approved a special Satisfactory-Disruption/Unsatisfactory-Disruption (SD/UD) grading option in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In most cases, students were able to elect SD/UD grading but some classes exclusively evaluated student work using SD/UD grading.
Grades With Associated Grade Points Per Credit
|NR||No Report (prior to 1999)||0|
Grades Which Do Not Have Associated Grade Points
|IF||Incomplete - Medical School Courses Only|
|IN||Incomplete in Credit/No Credit Course|
|NR||No Report (beginning 1999)|
|Q||Question on Credits|
Abbreviations and Symbols
|-||Failed course that has been repeated. Credits are not used to calculate cumulative GPA|
|#||Course taken on a pass/fail basis|
|*||Grades of Failure or No Report – Credits do not count toward degree|
|* With Name||Full name in body of transcript|
|? On Credits||Question on credits|
|@||Repeat of a failed course|
|>||Course does not count toward degree|
|X||Repeat of a non-repeatable course|
|¢||Credit/No Credit course in progress|
|ADV STG CRS||Credits not earned on UW-Madison Campus|
|AU||Course taken for Audit credit|
|CRS||Number of credits|
|EARNED CRS||Total credits earned|
|GPA||Grade Point Average|
|GPA CR||Credits included in Grade Point Average calculation|
|H||Course taken for Honors credit|
Year Level Definitions
|1||FRESHMAN - Less than 24 credits|
|2||SOPHOMORE - 24 credits|
|3||JUNIOR - 54 credits|
|4||SENIOR - 86 credits|
|5/GR#||GRADUATE - A student pursuing a graduate degree|
|P#||Professional & Year|
Course Numbering System
|000-099||Special Purposes Courses|
|300-699||Courses Open to Either Undergraduate or Graduate|
|700-999||Graduate and Professional Courses Including Seminars|
A middle digit of 8 (i.e. 181) indicates an honors course. Honors courses are also shown by an H immediately preceding course credit.
IncompletesUndergraduate students in Letters and Science must remove the grade of I (Incomplete) by the end of the fourth week of classes in the next semester (excluding summer) the student is in attendance.
All other undergraduate students and most special students must remove the Incomplete by the end of the next semester they are in attendance.
Incompletes that are not removed by the deadline dates lapse into a grade of F (Failure). The deadlines for removal of Incompletes may be extended with approval of the student’s Dean’s Office.
Graduate and professional students are not subject to the above Incomplete deadline.
Students who are not in attendance for a five tear period after an Incomplete is received may not remove the Incomplete without permission from the Student’s Dean’s Office. These Incompletes remain on the record as Permanent Incompletes and do not lapse into failure.
Law School GradesThe Law School has its own grading scale.
Law students entering in 2005 and thereafter are given letter grades of:
Law student entered in 1992 through 2004 were graded on a numerical scale of 65 through 95. Letter grade equivalents during that time period are as follows:
From 1970 to 1992, the following grading system and letter grade equivalents were used:
Detailed information concerning Law grades is available from the University of Wisconsin Law Schools Registrar’s Office.
School of Medicine and Public HealthDetailed information concerning a student’s grades, relative class standing and clinical performance is available upon request of the student from the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Student Services Office.
The grade of IF is available only to medical students in School of Medicine and Public Health courses.
The Honors ProgramSome Schools and Colleges have developed special Honors programs that replace or supplement the designation of awards based on grade point average along.
These programs encourage and recognize work of greater depth, scope, and originality by undergraduate whose abilities and interests make them eligible. The content and pace of honors courses are adapted to student who have chosen to do intensive work (either of an accelerated or enriched nature) in the subjects.
The programs are entirely voluntary.