Continuing Education Workshops


Auditing Courses at UW-Whitewater, Part II

Your Next Steps

After you have submitted your completed online application the Admissions Office will provide you with a Net-ID and student ID number.

  1. Log into your UW-Whitewater account and create a password. Your Net-ID will allow you to access UW-Whitewater systems, such as email and WINS (UW-Whitewater student information system). Before you can access these systems, you must create a password. Create your password here.
  2. You will receive a second email from the Registrar’s office Log in to your WINS Student Center using your NET-ID and password . While in WINS, you must Accept the Terms and Conditions. You must to do this for your registration to be finalized in your class. Until you accept the Terms & Conditions, there is a “hold” on your account which may result in your course being cancelled. To complete this step, click on Student Center, then under Financial Account, click on Terms & Conditions Click on the View/Accept button for the term you are registering for and ACCEPT (more than one term may be listed) and follow the instructions. Please note: you will need to complete this step every semester you audit courses.

Please note that it may take 24 hours for your access to UW-Whitewater’s electronic systems to be activated.

  1. You will also need to obtain an Audit Registration form either online or from the Registrar’s Office, located in the Roseman building 2032. Complete the form with all the required personal and course information. You will need to obtain the instructor’s permission to audit the course. You can find contact information for the instructor using the UW-Whitewater Directory. If they agree, they will sign the Audit Registration form and check the box indicating if you can be enrolled in a full course.

    Once you have obtained instructor permission and completed the Audit Registration form, return it to the Registrar’s Office. They will register you as an auditing student, and will email you when you are officially enrolled.

Audit Registration Forms must be completed and submitted each semester to the Registrar’s Office before the last day to add a course for the session you are enrolling in. Deadlines for all terms and sessions can be found at: under the correct term. Review Deadlines: Add, Drop, Withdraw, Refund. Please note: Auditing students are not permitted to sit in on courses until they have been officially enrolled and added to the class roster.

Other Important Information

Student ID

At UW-Whitewater, your student ID is called a HawkCard. As an auditing student, your HawkCard will serve as your library card at Andersen Library, will be used at Textbook Rental, and will grant you access to the University Center (UC) services. You can pick this up at the HawkCard Office, which is located on the second floor of University Center (UC) room 250. You do not need to get a new HawkCard each term you audit courses.  YOur card will reactivate automatically.  Click for more details


Students auditing undergraduate courses rent the majority of their required textbooks through Textbook Rental at no additional cost. Textbook Rentals is located on the lower level of the University Bookstore (Moraine Hall).  You will need to take your HawkCard with you, as well as a copy of your class schedule.  You can access your class schedule by logging into WINS. Remember to print out your schedule using “list view” in order to list the section number and instructor.  This information is needed to make sure you receive the correct textbooks for your section. Note that some professors will ask you to buy books in addition to those that you rent. Don’t forget to check the bookstore for any books that your instructor has asked you to buy.

Email and Canvas

Your instructor and the University will use UW-Whitewater email and Canvas to communicate with you about your course and other important university matters. 

Check your student email regularly. You can log in to the UW-Whitewater email system using your NET-ID and password. You UW-Whitewater email is the address your instructors will use to contact you. Make sure that you check your student email so that you don’t miss any important announcements from your professor or other university officials.

Some instructors may use Canvas. Canvas is an online management system that some instructors use to post content for their classes. Log into  Canvas using your NET-ID and password. Not all instructors use Canvas, but if yours does, be sure to check the Canvas site. For more information on how to use Canvas, click here.


Depending on the time of day your class meets, you may be required to pay for parking via a parking permit or metered stalls. More detailed information on short-term parking can be found here or longer-term parking here.

Accommodations for Auditors with Disabilities

Auditors with disabilities can apply for services through the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD). Eligibility for accommodation services is determined on an individual basis.

More information on the audit policy can be found here

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