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Contact Information

Annie LaValley
Advising Coordinator
Phone: (262) 472-1550
Location: Laurentide 4111

Peggy Strong
Advising Program Assistant  
Phone: (262) 472-1550
Location: Laurentide 4116

Special Students

The following are GUIDELINES.  For the complete campus policies, see the University Catalog.

Types of Special Students

Special Full-Credential Students (SPFC, Level 50)
SPFC students have already earned a baccalaureate degree from UW-Whitewater or from another college or university. They may be seeking a second major/minor (Whitewater graduates only), a second degree, or licensure. They are eligible for full-time coursework.

Earning a Second Major/Minor

  1. Only students whose first degree was earned at UW-Whitewater may fulfill the requirements for an additional major or minor after receiving their degree. 
  2. Students must complete the major/minor course and GPA requirements in effect at the time of declaration.
  3. Course credits used to satisfy the requirements of previous major(s) or minor(s) may not be used, with the exception that credits used in a minor may be used when expanding the minor into a major.
  4. 25% of the major and/or minor must be completed at UW-W, and other transfer limitations may not be exceeded.

Earning a Second Degree

  1. Students who have received their first degree at UW-Whitewater may earn a second degree provided that it is not the same as the first degree (e.g., a student whose first degree is a Letters & Sciences BA could not receive a second Letters & Sciences BA degree but would be eligible for a Letters & Sciences BS or Arts & Communication BA).
    1. The first degree will be considered to have satisfied all Communication and Calculation Skills, University (General Education), Diversity, and minor (if any) requirements. Students must complete all other degree and major requirements;
    2. Credits used to satisfy major requirements in the first degree may not be used to satisfy major requirements in the second degree (credits used in a minor(s) may be applied to the new major).
    3. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at UW-Whitewater after the date of conferral of the first degree, and a minimum of 25% of the major course credits must be completed at UW-Whitewater.
  2. Students who have received their first degree at another institution may earn a second degree at UW-Whitewater following these same regulations, except that the second degree may be the same as their first degree (e.g., a student who has received a Letters & Sciences BS degree at another institution may earn a second Letters & Sciences BS degree at UW-Whitewater).

Financial Aid

Financial Aid may be available for special students seeking a second degree. Rules for Financial Aid may differ from academic policies. Note: in general, students must be earning a different degree from their first degree in order to be considered for financial aid.

See the financial aid website for information »


After an initial planning session with L&S Advising Office, students are advised by faculty advisors in their major departments. If no advisor is assigned, students should contact the department office. See the web directory for contact information. Students seeking licensure should contact Tracy Arneson-Baker in the College of Education for a review of certification requirements.

  1. Credits taken at UW-W will appear on students’ transcripts; however, credits from other institutions are not evaluated and will not appear on the Advising Report. Because this course work is not reflected, students will often need permission from departments to take courses with pre-requisites.
  2. Students may declare the second degree and major, but advising reports for Special Students are not available, and their progress will need to be monitored manually by their advisor.
  3. Curriculum information is available at the registrar's website to assist with advising.