Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

Math Help Desk

The Math Help Desk runs through the first two weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters. The Math Help Desk can assist students with questions regarding the following:

  • math course registration;
  • enrollment issues;
  • class scheduling;
  • changing class sections;
  • math placement;
  • transfer credit;
  • and more!

Students looking for math course tutoring should consider our tutoring page. Students looking for math major advising should refer to our advising page.

Location & Schedule

Location: Room 207, Van Vleck Hall (2nd floor)

Help Desk Schedule - Spring 2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
January 20th January 21st January 22nd January 23rd January 24th
None: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 9:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-4:00PM 9:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-4:00PM 9:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-4:00PM 9:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-4:00PM
January 27th January 28th January 29th January 30th January 31st
9:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-4:00PM 12:00PM-4:00PM 12:00PM-4:00PM 12:00PM-4:00PM 9:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-4:00PM
Please Remember...
  • Be sure to check and see if you meet the necessary prerequisites for the courses you are trying to enroll in. Not sure? Stop by and ask!
  • Bringing your own laptop, if possible, will make enrollment processes quicker and easier.
  • Check for important dates and deadlines regarding enrollment.
  • Students are assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. If there is someone ahead of you, please use the waiting area outside.


The course I want to enroll in is waitlisted. What should I do?

The Math Department cannot guarantee enrollment into a math course that is waitlisted.

While the Math Department works to accommodate any qualifed student that wants to take our courses, no student on the waitlist for a section of a course is guaranteed enrollment into that section. The only guarantee for enrollment into a math course is to enroll in an open section. Therefore, any enrollment requests should be made with this in mind. A student's best chance to enroll in a waitlisted course is to put themselves on the waitlist and check their email periodically to see if they've received enrollment permission. Alternative courses should be considered.

I took a course, but it hasn't transferred in yet and it's a prerequisite for a course I want to take. How do I get permission to enroll in the next course?

If you're looking to enroll in a MATH course, you'll have to show proof that you took and passed the course in question. You can stop by the Math Help Desk with a copy of your unofficial transcript—either a paper or PDF copy is fine—or send a PDF copy to Once it's been verified that you took and passed the course, and that the course will transfer in as an equivalent course, you'll be granted enrollment permission for the math course(s) that require it as a prerequisite.

If you're looking to enroll in a non-MATH course (e.g., ECON, STAT, CS, BIO, etc.), please refer to the list of Department Permissions Contacts for individual departments' enrollment permission contacts.

I'd like one of my transfer courses to be reevaluated. Who do I talk to?

Please review our Math Course Reevaluations page for more information on getting your transfer credit reevaluated. Transfer credit will not be reevaluated at the Math Help Desk. There is a turnaround time for reevaluations, so you should plan to get any reevaluations submitted as soon as possible.


If you have additional questions, please email Kyle Martinez at

UW-Madison Department of Mathematics
Van Vleck Hall
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI  53706

(608) 263-3054

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