Welcome to the College of Letters & Science (L&S) Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services!

Academic Deans’ Services (ADS) is an office that assists students in reaching their academic potential, attaining their undergraduate degrees, and realizing their human promise as citizens of a global community.   One of our primary missions is to provide accurate information about L&S academic rules and procedures.   We also also make discretionary decisions regarding the interpretation and implementation of College policy as it relates to individual cases.

Students will sometimes be encouraged by their academic advisor or instructor to speak with a dean. This always refers students to an academic dean and never to the Dean of the College of Letters & Science.  If you are an L&S undergraduate student who has been advised to speak with the dean or an academic dean, please contact L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services for more assistance.  Information about setting up a dean’s appointment can be found here.

L&S Administrative Gateway KnowledgeBase (KB)

Dean on Call Hours :  1:15 pm – 3:00 pm (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) – Individuals can call in to get assistance with general academic issues from an academic dean via telephone or email.

View the university’s complete academic calendar and the Office of the Registrar dates and deadlines webpage for information on important dates.


**L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services is closed every week at the following time for staff meetings:

  • Wednesdays: 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

UW-Madison and L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services will be closed on the following official state holidays:

Thursday, November 23, 2023
Monday, December 25, 2023
Monday, January 1, 2024
Monday, January 15, 2024
Monday, May 27, 2024
Thursday, July 4, 2024
Monday, September 2, 2024