Time to Consider Declaring a Major for 1st Year and 1st-term Transfer Seniors – Fall 2021

Dear L&S Undergraduate Student,  

You are receiving this email based on the number of credits you have already earned and the current number of credits you are taking this semester.  Please note you are considered a senior AND you are also a first-year student or a first-semester transfer student. 

Normally seniors are not allowed to register until they have declared at least one major within the College of Letters & Science.   However, you will not be required to declare a major as long as you are a first-year student (in your first two semesters in college) or a first-semester transfer student.   After this period, you will receive email communications from L&S about the need to declare a major.  

More information about declaring a major can be found at: 

When do I need to declare a major in the College of Letters & Science?  

Declaring a major has benefits that are vital to your overall success. Students with majors: 

  • Can plan for timely graduation. Graduating on time lowers the overall cost of education and allows students to pursue their next life goals. 
  • Connect to the major department, gaining access to departmental advising resources, faculty contacts, and courses limited to majors. 
  • Connect with other students who are pursuing similar academic interests. 
  • Obtain timely and important information about the major (advising hours and workshops, upcoming courses, social events, career opportunities, study groups, etc.). 

If you already know what you wish to study and are eligible to declare your major, please speak with the major advisor to declare! If you are still unsure of your major plans or are not eligible to declare a major at this time, please speak with your assigned advisor for more guidance. 

Congratulations on reaching this important milestone in your undergraduate studies!



The College of Letters & Science 

Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services 

110 Ingraham Hall 

1155 Observatory Drive 

Madison, WI 53706-1319 

Phone: 608-262-0617