Ready to become a University Special student? Your Wisconsin Experience starts here!

There are many types of Special students. Go to our webpage to determine what type works for your goals.

The free Special student admissions application  requires personal and educational information in addition to residency. It takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.

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Once you have applied, visit our Enrollment page for next steps.

Please note

Due to a system upgrade, no applications can be accessed or submitted from June 28 at 4pm through July 8 at 8am.

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Are you a reentry student?

Students who previously attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison but have not been enrolled in courses for a semester or more are considered reentry students. If you recall your MyUW NetID and password, you may submit the shorter Reentry Special Student Application & Residence for Tuition Purposes Application in your Student Center.

Note to Senior Guest Auditors: Please utilize the traditional online application linked above (using the “Click Here to Apply” button) if you are reapplying. The residency portion of this application has been tailored to be more relevant to Senior Guest Auditors.

Annual security and fire safety report

The 2018 Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report (pdf) contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous three calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department at or 1429 Monroe St., Madison, WI