Covid-19 impacted students

Have your plans changed due to the pandemic?

We understand the pandemic has disrupted the education plans of many students. If you have not yet started or completed an undergraduate degree and are looking for options to earn college credit this fall, we’d love to hear from you.

UW–Madison’s Smart Restart plan has academic instruction returning to campus, beginning September 2, with a mix of in-person and remote courses until the Thanksgiving recess. After Thanksgiving, the campus will switch to a virtual format for all courses for the final nine days of instruction plus exams.

Who should contact us?

Undergraduate students actively working towards a degree at another institution but whose plans to return have been disrupted due to Covid-19.

Recent high school graduates whose plans for school or work have been disrupted by Covid-19.

Already have an undergraduate degree? Apply via one of our post-bachelor’s degree Special student classifications.

Why UW–Madison?

We offer world-class instruction from renowned professors and Covid-19 hasn’t changed that!

A large offering of over 5,500 classes with many fully online courses.

Affordable public university tuition rates.

Ready to learn more?

To have a conversation about your education plans with one of our advisors, please complete and submit the form on this page.

An advisor will discuss with you whether becoming a Special student this fall will help you make progress toward your educational goals. If you are advised to apply as a visiting undergraduate-level Special student we will require you to submit transcripts from prior educational institutions. We typically look for a 3.00 GPA from those with just a high school degree and at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA for those who have already started college. If you are admitted, please note these important considerations tied to your nondegree Special student status:

  • Special students cannot enroll for fall 2020 until August 27 and a seat in a course cannot be guaranteed.
  • Special students in general are not eligible for financial aid and we unfortunately do not have any university scholarships to support fall study.
  • Per credit tuition costs for all classes including online are based on whether you are a non-resident or resident of Wisconsin or Minnesota for tuition purposes.
  • Admission as a Special nondegree student and admission as a future UW–Madison transfer degree student are completely separate processes. Coursework and grades taken as a Special student will be considered holistically as part of any future application for transfer admission. Any credits and grades earned in nondegree status do not guarantee future admission. Please see important admission and deadline requirements.
  • Previous college or test credit you may have taken will not be evaluated for students admitted as Specials but may be part of a course placement discussions with departments.
  • Please understand important enrollment and tuition refund deadlines.
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Covid-19 impacted students

Please complete and submit this form so that we can talk with you about options for earning college credit. An advisor will contact you within 2 business days.