Apply as a University Special student

Special student types

Before you apply, read about our various special student types to find the one that fits your needs.

Student types


Our free application requires personal, educational, and residency information. Allow 20 to 30 minutes to complete.


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Course search and enroll 
Search for classes using the public course search and enroll tool.

Review the steps you need to take to enroll.

Tuition and fees
Find out how much taking a class will cost.

New student resources
Learn about UW–Madison resources that will help you make the most of your time here.

Policies and procedures
Read about the policies and procedures for Specials students.

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Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The 2023 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.