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Undergraduate Program Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get started?

Traditional students (new and transfer):  What’s the first step in getting admitted?
Online students: What’s the first step in getting admitted?
Students from other schools:  How can I register for just a class or two that I want to transfer back to my current school?
How do I start taking courses for a second degree or major?
May I complete a degree by taking only evening classes?
Do I apply for admission to the College of Business and Economics at the same time that I apply to the University?

Registration Questions

What is a hold?
What is an override?
A class or a specific section of a class is full that I want/need to add. Is there any way I can still enroll in it?
How do I get permission to take more than 18 credits in a semester?
May I audit a business class?
Can I take a business class on a Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC) basis?
Why won’t WINS allow me to register?

Advising Questions

What is an advising report?  Where do I find it?
How do I find out who my advisor is?
Can I have a business minor?
I have a minor in business, who can I get to advise me?
Can I test out of a class, and how do I do it?
How do I change my major?
How do I apply for graduation?
What if I cannot contact my advisor?
How do I apply for admission to upper division business courses?
What are the requirements to take upper division business courses?
What are the requirements to take business classes?
Where do I find forms for late adding classes, late dropping classes, applying for graduation, third-attempt repeats, etc.?
Am I required to have a minor?
How do I get an internship?
How does study abroad work?
Whom do I contact if my transfer credits didn’t transfer as I expected?
Who is a special student?
May I audit business classes?
What is the Part-time Business (Outreach) Program?

How do I complete my community service requirement?

What is the community service requirement?
Where can I find opportunities to perform community service?  
Where can I find the community service verification form?

How do I contact faculty, staff, administration, or university offices?

How can I reach the Dean of the College of Business and Economics?
How can I find contact information for my instructors, advisors, and others in the college?

How do I find out about online business classes?

May I take business classes online?

Could I go to graduate school for my MBA or MPA?

How do I apply for graduate school?


How do I get started?

Traditional students (new and transfer):  What’s the first step in getting admitted?
Begin the process with the Admissions Office.

Online students: What is the first step in getting admitted?
Begin by sending an email to our advisors at onlinebba@uww.edu asking for information.

Students from other schools:  How can I register for just a class or two that I want to transfer back to my current school?
Apply through Admissions as a “special” (SPNC) student.  After admission, send unofficial copies of your transcripts to Assistant Dean Jan Olson at olsonj@uww.edu.

How do I start taking courses for a second degree or major?
For questions prior to admission, contact Chris Kutz at kutzc@uww.edu
When you are ready, apply through the Admissions Office as a “special”(SPFC) student.

May I complete a degree by taking only evening classes?
Yes, we offer the general business major through evening courses.  For more information, contact Assistant Dean Jan Olson at olsonj@uww.edu.

Do I apply for admission to the College of Business and Economics at the same time that I apply to the University?
No, you will apply for admission to the upper division business courses during a registration information meeting if you meet the requirements.

Registration Questions

What is a hold?
If you look at your WINS home screen, you will see a box labeled “Holds.”  Most holds prevent you from registering for classes.  If one of the holds is for advising, you must be advised prior to registering.  Contact your advisor if you have questions.

What is an override?   
An override is permission to register for a course that WINS will not allow you to add on your own.  You would contact the department that offers the course you want/need to find out if an override can be entered for you.

A class or a specific section of a class is full that I want/need to add. Is there any way I can still enroll in it?
Go to the Department of the class and request permission to add a closed class. If possible, you will get a permission slip from the department assistant. Carry that slip to the Assistant Dean's Office (Hyland Hall 4300). You will have a few days to add the class in WINS. Otherwise, wait for an opening or ask if they will be setting up another section.

How do I get permission to take more than 18 credits in a semester?
Begin the approval process by sending an email message to Assistant Dean Jan Olson (olsonj@uww.edu) and request overload permission for the number of credits you need, your reason for wanting them, and your Student ID number.

May I audit a business class?
Business classes cannot be audited.

Can I take a business class on a Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC) basis?
All business courses must be taken for a grade unless they are only offered S/NC.

Why doesn’t WINS let me add a class?
Check the error message:

FINANCIAL HOLD: Contact Financial Services at 262-472-1378.
PREREQ ERROR: Means a requirement that must be satisfied before registering for the course. However, if you're:

  • Transfer students, you may need an override
  • Repeating a business course, you may need an override

For overrides, call the Assistant Dean's Office at 262-472-4900

REPEAT ERROR: Means that you're taking a course that you have already completed or are taking an equivalent course for which credit cannot be earned because the content overlaps with the specified course.
ADVISING HOLD: Contact your advisor to set up a meeting.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS HOLD:  Follow the link in WINS to accept the terms and conditions.  You must do this before you will be allowed to register.

Advising Questions

What is an advising report?  Where do I find it?
Your advising report (AR) is the official document which shows your degree requirements and your progress toward meeting them.  It is extremely important and should be taken to all advising meetings.
The AR is available to you from your WINS home page.  In the drop-down box, “other academic,” choose “Degree Progress Report.”  This will lead you to your AR.

How do I find out who my advisor is?
Your advisor’s name is on your WINS homepage in the box labeled “Advisor.”  If there is no name, contact the Assistant Dean’s Office at 262 472 4900.

Can I have a business minor?
The only business minors available to business majors are economics, water business, information technology, and international business.

I have a minor in business, who can I get to advise me?
The chair of the department of your minor is your advisor. If the minor is general business Assistant Dean Olson is the advisor.

Can I test out of a class and how do I do it?
Call the Testing Center at 262-472-5613 to find out which classes have tests that are available and to set up an appointment.

How do I change my major?
Depending on your situation, the process may change.  Go to the How to Change Your Major page to find the process you need.

How do I apply for graduation?
You will find the forms and process in the Registrar’s page.

What if I cannot contact my advisor?
If you’re having problems contacting your advisor, contact the department of your major to find out how to reach the advisor or talk to the department chairperson.

How do I apply for admission to upper division business courses?
When you are projected to have completed 54 or more credits at the end of the current semester, you will receive information about Registration Information Meetings.  You will complete the application form during that meeting.

What are the requirements to take upper division business courses?
Business majors are required to be admitted to the upper division courses and have at least a 2.50 grade point average.

What are the requirements to take business classes?
In addition to specific course prerequisites listed in the Schedule of Classes, business majors are required to have a 2.50 grade point average and 24 credits to take lower division business courses (200-level), except ECON 201 and 202.
In addition to specific course prerequisites listed in the Schedule of Classes, business majors are required to be admitted to the upper division business courses and have a 2.50 in order to take 300- and 400-level business courses. 

Where do I find forms for late adding classes, late dropping classes, applying for graduation, third-attempt repeats, etc.?
You can find all of these forms on the Registrar’s web pages.

Am I required to have a minor?
Business majors are not required to have minors.

How do I get an internship?
Each department has an internship coordinator, and you may also work with the Career Planning and Leadership Office in the University Center.  In order to receive credit for the internship, you must be admitted to the upper division business courses.

How does study abroad work?
The first step is to make an appointment to meet with the outbound student coordinator in the Center for Global Education in Hyland Hall Room 1227.  You will receive a checklist to follow from the coordinator.

Who do I contact if my transfer credits didn’t transfer as I expected?
Contact Assistant Dean Jan Olson either via e-mail (olsonj@uww.edu) or by appointment.  Call 262 472 4900 to set up an appointment time.  You will need to provide at least a course description of the course you took, and preferably, a syllabus.  Business courses taken at 2-year schools are not transferable as junior- or senior-level courses.

Who is a special student?
There are two kinds of students whom we designate as Special Students:
SPNC (Special without Credentials) are students who wish to enroll for six units or less in any term and are not seeking a degree from UW-Whitewater.
SPFC (Special students with Credentials) are students who have a conferred bachelor's degree and wish to enroll for undergraduate courses only.

May I audit business classes?
Business classes cannot be audited.

What is the Part-time Business (Outreach) Program?
It is a program for students who are working full-time and going to school part-time. They receive special advising and registration.

How do I complete my community service requirement?

What is the community service requirement?
All business majors are required to document 20 hours of community service for graduation.  Details on the requirement are available on the Community Service page.

Where I can find opportunities to perform community service?
The campus provides a clearing house of volunteer opportunities in the area. 

Where can I find the community service verification form?
You can find and print the form for fulfilling community service on the Community Service page.  Complete the form with signatures and return it to the Deans Suite in Hyland Hall 4300.

How do I contact faculty, staff, administration, or university offices?

How can I reach the Dean of the College of Business and Economics?
You can call the dean’s office at 262-472-1343.

How can I find contact information for my instructors, advisors, and others in the college?
You can use the online staff directory for contact information.

How do I find out about online business classes?

Can I take business classes online?
We have online undergraduate and graduate programs. For undergraduate, we offer the junior and senior business courses for the general business major online. For more information, go to Online Undergrad. For the graduate MBA program, go to Online MBA.

Could I go to graduate school for my MBA or MPA?

How do I apply for graduate school?
Begin by asking for information from the Associate Dean's Office at 262-472-1945.

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