Registration Information

Auditing and Pass/Fail Courses

Auditing a Course

In order to audit a course the student must register for the course as usual in eSIS. (If you are not currently enrolled contact Admissions for the appropriate steps to become a student) After this the student must pick up an audit card in the Registrar's Office, fill it out, and get it signed by the instructor of the course. They then must turn it in to the Registrar's Office on the fifth University business day of the term. The cards will be processed on a space available basis. Prior to turning in the audit card, the student should discuss the course requirements with the instructor. Any student who enrolls on an audit basis may NOT change to a credit basis during the term of enrollment.

Courses that are registered on an audit basis will appear on the students official transcript with an "audit" indicated as the grade, and there will not be any credit awarded for the course. Wisconsin residents who are 60 years of age or older by the first day of the term may audit a course without paying the credit fees. For more information on tuition and fees associated with auditing a course, please visit the Tuition and Fees section of the Student Billing page.

Pass/Fail Courses

9.2.9 Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option for Undergraduate Students

Students often hesitate to pursue coursework outside their major field. To encourage more breadth academically, the University allows qualified students to enroll in a course on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis.

  1. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

     The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option contains two tiers:  (1) Letter grades of D and above will be coded as “S” for Satisfactory and credit will be awarded and not included in the student’s computation of their grade point average.  (2) Letter grade of F will be coded as “U” for Unsatisfactory; no credit is awarded and it is calculated in the student’s grade point average.

  1. Requirements

      1.  Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who are not on academic probation may take up to two courses in a given term on a Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory basis, with a maximum of five courses.
      2.  If it is determined that a student’s eligibility for this option changes prior to the start of the course, then the student will be required to carry the course on the conventional grading scale.
      3.  Courses which may not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis are those required for General Education, University Requirements, College requirements, and/or curriculum requirements within a major, minor and certificate programs, including required supporting courses. Internships are an exception to this rule and can be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis.

  1. Conditions

     1.  Students must elect the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option by the end of the fourth week of classes during Fall or Spring terms, or by the end of the first week of classes during Winter (JTerm) or Summer sessions.  The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option cannot be reversed once finalized in the Student Information System by the Registrar’s Office.
2.  Care should be taken that courses which might be necessary for a major, minor, certificate, pre-professional program, General Education or University Requirement and decided on later, are not taken as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

  1. Procedures

      1.  The student after consultation with the academic advisor will complete the electronic Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option form which is routed for approval to the advisor and instructor and processed by the Registrar’s Office. The process must be formally initiated by the end of the fourth week of classes during Fall or Spring terms, or by the end of the first week of classes during Winter (JTerm) or Summer sessions.