Course Options

The Early College Credit program provides an opportunity for qualified students at Wisconsin public high schools to enroll in the courses offered at UW-Whitewater on a space-available basis. To qualify, students must obtain a minimum GPA of 3.4 OR rank in the top 40% of your class OR a 25 ACT score.

Course Options FAQ

All documents must be submitted directly to the UW-Whitewater Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

1.  Submit a completed UW System Special Student Online Application (completed as a ‘Course Options’ student). There is no application fee.

2.  Submit a completed Course Options Application Form (DPI form PI-8900) with authorization signatures and complete list of courses that the student has permission to take at UW-Whitewater.

3.  Submit an official high school transcript which includes your class rank and grade point average (GPA). (Items 2 and 3 submitted together).

1.  Currently enrolled in a qualifying high school.

2.  A minimum GPA of 3.4 OR rank in the top 40% of your class OR a 25 ACT score.

Students enrolled in a Wisconsin public school district may apply to take up to two courses at a time, with a maximum of 7 (seven) credits per term.

Exceptions to the admissions requirements and/or credit limitation may be granted by the Admissions Office based on special talent and/or special need.  Written recommendation from the applicant's high school principal or school counselor will be required.  The Admission Office will consult with departments as necessary to make a final decision once the recommendation is received.

The Academic Advising & Exploration Center (AAEC) will coordinate a brief, mandatory orientation/registration program on campus to notify admitted students about specific class enrollment, provide course availability information, and fully explain the registration commitments including drop deadlines, FERPA restrictions and general university protocol.  Successful course registration is determined on a space available basis only (per DPI). These orientation/registration programs are slated for late August for fall term and mid January for spring term.


NOTE: Admission to the University DOES NOT guarantee enrollment or enrollment in a specific course/section.  Not all courses in the UWW catalog are offered each term; consult the on-line Schedule of Classes ( to check on the availability of courses for a specific term.  High School students are required to meet the requisites/requirements of the requested course(s).  Some courses may require placement exams or proof of proficiency.

1.    Courses taken under the Course Options Program will become part of the student's permanent University record, and may affect subsequent admission to postsecondary institutions.


2.  Registrar’s Office is required to disclose course registration and grade information to the student’s secondary school and/or school board and will provide this information electronically.


3.    Course Options Program students must contact the AAEC in order to drop/withdraw from a course and are subject to the academic and financial deadline dates listed in the Schedule of Classes like any other student at the university.  The AAEC will work with the Registrar’s Office to handle internal procedures and notify the student of any additional responsibilities. 


NOTE:  Fees for dropped courses are not paid by most school districts; if not, the student is responsible for payment.  Students should contact their high school principal or school counselor to find out their district's policy.


4.  Questions regarding application status should be directed to Admissions (262)472-1440; questions regarding course registration should be directed to JP Villiavicencio at (262)472-5230.


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