Enrollment

Ready to enroll as a University Special student?

Admitted Special students

Congratulations on being admitted as a University Special student!

Follow the steps below to enroll in courses and prepare for the upcoming term.

 

Not admitted yet?

In order to enroll, you must be admitted as a University Special student.

First, review our Special student types to see which fits you best. Next search for courses that fit your educational plans. Then apply to UW-Madison using the University Special student application.

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1. ACTIVATE NETID

Your NetID is your username which, along with the password you choose, allows you access to University services such as campus email and student records. As a new student you must activate your NetID which will allow you to access your MyUW portal. You will need your 10-digit Campus ID number found on your letter of admission. For step-by-step instructions, visit this helpful tutorial. If you are a former student of UW-Madison, but do not recall your NetID or password, you may contact the DoIT Help Desk  for assistance.

2. LOG IN TO MYUW

Log in to your MyUW portal using your newly created NetID and password. Take time to review the resources provided to you, particularly within the Student Center. There you will find details regarding your earliest enrollment date, any enrollment holds on your account, your tuition bill, and grades along with many other helpful resources.

3. VIEW EARLIEST ENROLLMENT DATE

Enrollment appointments are published by the Office of the Registrar in late March/early April for summer and fall enrollment, and early November for spring enrollment. You may view your earliest enrollment date and time within your MyUW Student Center. On the right side of the screen, look for the Enrollment Dates section. Note: It may take up to 24 hours after you’ve been admitted for your enrollment appointment to be assigned and populate in your MyUW Student Center.

 

4. SEARCH FOR CLASSES

Log in to MyUW using your NetID and password. Select Course Search & Enroll and use this portal to search for classes by entering various criteria. Select your desired course to learn more including course description, required prerequisites, and course notes. Please note there may be limited access for Special students to courses in some departments and schools.

Most courses involve both a lecture and a discussion section (lab courses will include a lab section). Make sure that the lecture, discussion, and lab if applicable, all fit into your schedule. Once you find a section that works for you, add the course to your Shopping Cart.

5. RESOLVE ANY VALIDATION ERRORS

Before enrolling we recommend you use the My Courses tool within Course Search & Enroll to ensure you are eligible to enroll in your course. Common reasons for getting a “problems with course” message include not meeting requisites for the course or needing permission to take the class.

When courses are in your Shopping Cart, they will appear in My Courses. Select your desired course to determine if you have any validation errors.

The benefit of using this tool is to make sure that you have all the requirements and permissions you need to enroll once your enrollment time arrives. Some classes fill up rapidly, so doing this step ahead of time will help you avoid problems once your enrollment time comes.

If you receive an error message, contact the department’s curricular representative to see if it is possible to get permission to add the course. For more on validation and error messages, see the Office of the Registrar’s enrollment webpage.

6. COMPLETE THE PRE-ENROLLMENT CHECKLIST

There are 7 tasks that must be done prior to enrollment each term. These tasks should only take about 5 minutes to complete, total. Once the checklist is complete the enrollment hold will be lifted from your student record. See the pre-enrollment checklist guide for more information.

One of the checklist tasks is to electronically sign the required Financial Responsibility Agreement which will be listed in the holds section. For more information regarding the Terms and Conditions of this agreement, please see the Bursar’s Office FAQs. Note: This does not apply to Senior Guest auditors (UGSR).

7. ENROLL

Anytime after your earliest enrollment appointment time, you can log into MyUW to enroll. In the My Courses section of Course Search & Enroll, select your desired courses and click Enroll.   Follow the onscreen prompts to complete your enrollment. Be sure to enroll before the enrollment deadline to avoid a late fee. If a section is full and a wait list is available, continue to enroll in the course to secure your spot on the wait list. The wait list does not pertain to Senior Guest auditors.

Contact the department’s curricular representative for course questions and access issues.

Feeling overwhelmed by the enrollment process? Do you have questions on how to enroll? Get help from the Office of the Registrar’s enrollment help desk.

 

8. TUITION

After you enroll, your eBill will be available for viewing under the Financial tab in your MyUW Student Center. Ensure you pay your tuition on time to avoid the $100 late payment fee. https://bursar.wisc.edu/tuition-and-fees

9. DEADLINES TO NOTE

Now that you are enrolled, it is important to be aware of important dates and deadlines including add, drop, audit, and withdrawal deadlines.

10. OBTAINING AN TRANSCRIPT

After the successful completion of your course(s), you may order an official transcript. Once your grade is posted in your Student Center, you may go to the Office of the Registrar’s webpage for order instructions.