L&S (UW-Madison) Undergraduate Classification & 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 they have at the end of each term. For example, a first-year student may have junior standing at the end of their first semester/term at UW-Madison if they finish the term with 54 or more degree credits.
Resources for Questions:
L&S Academic Advising Services: (608) 262-5858, firstname.lastname@example.org
L&S Student Academic Affairs:
(608) 262-0617, email@example.com