Ready to enroll as a University Special student? Your Wisconsin Experience start is just a few clicks away!
After you’ve been admitted as a Special student, the steps below will assist you all the way through the enrollment process. Learn about activating your NetID, searching for classes, viewing your enrollment time, the all-important enrolling, paying tuition, and obtaining a transcript after your course is complete.
If you have not yet been admitted, please apply!
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
Within your MyUW Student Center, you can view your earliest enrollment date and time. On the right side of the screen, look for the ‘Enrollment Dates’ heading with your specific enrollment dates. Note: Special students enroll after degree-seeking students.
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. TAKE CARE OF ANY HOLDS ON YOUR ACCOUNT
Any holds that you may have will be listed under the Holds heading in the upper right corner of your Student Center.
You must 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).
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 page.
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. registrar.wisc.edu/tuition/
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.