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Special non-degree student/HS special

You may be a special nondegree student if you are:

  • a student at another university looking to enroll at UW-La Crosse for the summer or winter session, and planning to return to your home university;
  • an individual desiring to audit or take courses for credit, but does not expect to earn a degree from UW-La Crosse;
  • an individual looking to take classes toward a graduate program for which you need to complete additional prerequisites; or
  • a high school student looking to take college courses, including Youth Options and Course Options participants (please see bottom of page for more detailed instructions).

Students may later be admitted as an undergraduate degree-seeking student provided they submit complete transcripts of previous work and meet admission requirements. Courses completed as a special nondegree student at UW-La Crosse will then be evaluated for credit.

Special non-degree students apply using the online UW System application. Select the appropriate reason for applying and choose "Undergraduate Special/Non-degree" in the "Applying As" field.

Class descriptions, offerings and times are accessible in the UW-La Crosse course catalog and class timetable.  Special non-degree students register after degree seeking students.  Registration instructions are sent to admitted special non-degree students as the scheduled enrollment date for each term approaches. 

The WINGS system will not allow you to register for courses that are full or require special permission from the instructor, department chair, and/or dean.  Permission is obtained through override forms that are available from department offices.  All override forms must be taken to the Office of Records and Registration, 117 Graff Main Hall.

The tuition and fee schedule can be used to estimate the approximate cost to attend.  Minnesota residents should apply for reciprocity. Special non-degree students can visit the UW-La Crosse Parking and Transportation Services website for information about on-campus parking options *Please note: If you are a special non-degree student, you are not eligible to receive financial aid, unless you are working for a qualifying, approved license/certificate or completing undergraduate coursework to fulfill pre-requisites for a master's program.*

 

High School Special Students/Youth Options/Course Options

UW-La Crosse offers enrollment for high school students who wish to pursue university course work while completing their studies in high school.  Special admission is granted only to those qualified applicants who demonstrate that they are prepared for entrance into college.

There are three ways to study at UW-La Crosse while still in high school - as a "High School Special" student, "Youth Options" student, or “Course Options” student.  

  • Youth Options students must notify their guidance office or school board of their intentions to take courses at UW-La Crosse and the school board will determine whether the student is approved to take courses and whether high school credit and/or fee payment will be granted.
  • High School Special students may have greater flexibility in course selection, but these students are required to pay for courses on their own.
  • Course Options students may take up to two courses at a time from an educational institution. Students must work with their guidance office to complete the appropriate paperwork: http://dpi.wi.gov/courseoptions. Students enrolled in course options are responsible to pay 25% of tuition and fees. The high school is responsible to pay 50% of the tuition and fees. UWL covers the remaining 25% of the tuition and fees. 

Admission of high school students who wish to pursue university course work does not guarantee that they will be able to register for a specifically approved course. Registration is on a space available basis.  All candidates must complete appropriate preparatory high school course work and/or take appropriate placement tests for college courses.

       Admission Requirements     Application Deadlines  Registration Timelines 
Youth Options

HS Seniors:

Must rank in upper 25% of HS class OR score a 26 or greater on the ACT

Spring 2018: December 4, 2017

Fall 2017: July 17, 2017 

Spring 2018: December 11, 2017

Fall 2017: July 24, 2017
 

HS Juniors: Must rank in upper 10% of HS class 

   

Course Options

(limited to two courses per term)     
HS Seniors: Must rank in upper 25% of HS class OR score a 26 or greater on the ACT Six weeks prior to the start of classes

Spring 2018: December 11, 2017

Summer 2017: April 10, 2017

Fall 2017: July 24, 2017

Spring 2018: December 11, 2017

Fall 2017: July 24, 2017
   HS Juniors: Must rank in upper 10% of HS class     
 

HS Sophomores: Must rank in upper 10% of HS class and interview may be required 

   
   HS Freshman: Must rank in upper 10% of HS class and interview may be required     
 

HS Special

(Student is responsible for all tuition and fees) 
HS Seniors: Must rank in upper 25% of HS class OR score a 26 or greater on the ACT Preferred to have application completed six weeks prior to start of classes

Spring 2018: December 11, 2017 

Summer 2017:  April 10, 2017

Fall 2017: July 24, 2017

Spring 2018: December 11, 2017 

Fall 2017 July 24, 2017

 

 HS Juniors: Must rank in upper 10% of HS class    
   HS Sophomores: Must rank in upper 10% of HS class and interview may be required    

Application Process for Youth Options or High School Special students:

  • Apply online as a High School Special/Youth Options Program/Course Options Program student using the UW System application. An application fee is not required.
  • Obtain and complete a High School/UW-La Crosse Enrollment and Youth Options Program sheet. Have your school counselor approve and sign it. Submit to the Admissions Office, 1725 State St., La Crosse, WI, 54601.
  • Submit an official high school transcript, sent directly from your high school, to the Admissions Office.
  • Submit ACT or SAT scores, if applicable. A copy of the school or student ACT score sheet is acceptable for High School Special/Youth Options/Course Options students. Official scores sent directly from ACT or SAT will be required for the New Freshman application.
  • Wisconsin Regional Placement Test and AP test scores (if applicable) must be submitted for Math, Modern Language, or English courses.
  • Next Steps: Once admitted, students should familiarize themselves with college information.

Application Process for Course Options students:

  • Apply online as a High School Special/Youth Options Program/Course Options Program student using the UW System application. An application fee is not required.
  • Obtain and complete a Course Options Student Application. Submit to the Admissions Office, 1725 State St., La Crosse, WI, 54601.
  • Submit an official high school transcript, sent directly from your high school, to the Admissions Office.
  • Submit ACT or SAT scores, if applicable. A copy of the school or student ACT score sheet is acceptable for High School Special/Youth Options/Course Options students. Official scores sent directly from ACT or SAT will be required for the New Freshman application.
  • Wisconsin Regional Placement Test and AP test scores (if applicable) must be submitted for Math, Modern Language, or English courses.
  • Next Steps: Once admitted, students should familiarize themselves with college information.