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Other Student

If you've looked through all of the student information for applying to UW-Eau Claire and none of it seems to fit your situation, you've come to the right page. We have several options to explore the academics at UW-Eau Claire. If you look through all of the options and you still have questions, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.

Special Student

You are considered a special student if you have graduated from a recognized high school, or have the educational equivalent, but are not currently seeking a degree. Please note that special students are not eligible for financial aid, but are eligible to work on campus and may apply for the Returning Adult Student Fund.

What do I need to submit?
Note on registration

Because of the demand for some courses and limitations on enrollment, degree-seeking students will be given priority over Special Students. If the graduate enrollment period is open, graduate special students can register as soon as the online Payment Plan Agreement has been submitted. You can contact the Registration Office for additional questions at (715) 836-2425.


Some courses require permission to enroll from the department or an instructor. If a course you would like to take requires permission to enroll, please contact the department offering that course (not Registration or the Admission Offices). 

Academic Advising

Bonnie Isaacson advises all special students at UW-Eau Claire (except high school specials). Please contact her at with any advising questions.

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Taking college classes in high school

If you are looking to get ahead of the game and take college courses while still in high school we have three options for you.

  • Enroll in the Youth Option Program if you are a junior or senior wanting to take classes. You must receive approval by the school district. Added bonus: your school district will pay for it!
  • Enroll in the High School Special Program if you are a high-potential student looking to get ahead. You must be recommended by a counselor, principal and teachers.
  • Enroll in the Course Option Program. This allows you to take up to two courses at any time. The school district absorbs the costs of the courses.

Admissions criteria

Must be a junior or senior in the top 25% of the class OR in the top 50% of their class with an ACT composite of 24 or greater (SAT V+M of 1110 or greater).

If the student doesn't meet the above criteria, he/she will need to apply as an Exception Enrollment Student. Usually a high school student who can provide substantial and convincing letters of recommendation and/or data demonstrating high ability in a specific area of University study. (Attach the documentation to the application.) For more information, contact the UW-Eau Claire Admission Office.

What do I need to submit?
  • Fill out a UW System application online - Make sure to correctly select which type of student you are. ( Youth Option, High School Special or Course Option) Deadlines: June 1 for the fall semester, November 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer session. (YOP and Course Option students may have earlier dates to notify their school boards.) The Office of Admissions must receive all paperwork by the deadline date. Student may apply as an Open Enrollment Student. Approval by your school district does not guarantee admission to the University. Review application completion tips for more information.
  • Send an OFFICIAL transcript of your high school academic record.
  • Fill out the UW-Eau Claire Course Options/Youth Options/High School Special Form and gather appropriate signatures.
  • For the Youth Options complete PI-8700 form and Course Options Program complete a PI-8900 form.

Information should be sent to:

UW-Eau Claire Admissions
Schofield 111
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Application Completion Tips

Since both Youth Option Program participants and high school specials registration for courses is on a space available basis, the University recommends that several courses be approved at the time of school district approval; otherwise a student may find all approved courses filled and no option to enroll at the University. The Office of Registration may be able to supply information on possible spaces in courses at the end of freshman orientation in late July for the fall semester.

Courses should be limited to beginning level (100/200) courses not having a prerequisite. Students should have exhausted all course work offered at the high school before considering advanced course work at the University.

If a student is approved to take coursework under the Youth Option/Course Option Program and then registers for coursework that has not been approved by the school district, the student must notify school board immediately.

If you have any questions about the procedures, please contact your high school counselor and/ or the Office of Admissions at the University (715-836-5415).


Reentry/Readmit Student Enrollment

Have you attended UW-Eau Claire as a degree-seeking student in the past and are ready to come back for more? Check out the steps below to be a Blugold again!

What do I need to submit?
  • Fill out a UW System application online - Please use the applicant statement as a way to communicate what you have been doing since you last attended UW-Eau Claire.
  • You are exempt from the $44 application fee.
  • You are not required to submit your high school transcript.
  • You are not required to submit your ACT/SAT scores.
  • If you have attended or are attending one or more higher education institutions while you were away from UW-Eau Claire, please submit an official transcript from each institution you attended.
  • Submit any courses in progress you are currently enrolled in at another institution.

Information should be sent to:

UW-Eau Claire Admissions
Schofield 111
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
After you've been accepted
Information for suspended students

Your application will be sent to the Dean's Office of the college you are hoping to enter. Please use the applicant statement to address the suspension and include any information you would like the Dean's Office to know when reviewing your application.

Second Degree Student 

You are considered a Second Degree student if you have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university and you are applying to UW-Eau Claire to earn another undergraduate degree. You may also apply under this status if you are planning to take undergraduate pre-requisite courses for a graduate program. If your first degree was from UW-Eau Claire, please view reentry students information.

When should I apply?

We will begin to accept applications for the spring semester (January) on June 15, and for the fall semester on September 15. Priority deadlines are November 1 for spring admission and March 1 for fall admission. We strongly encourage students with transfer credit to apply for admission as early as possible.

What do I need to submit?
  • UW System application online
  • $44 application fee online at time of application submission, or log back into your application to pay the fee (you are exempt from this fee if the last school you attended was a UW College; 2-year campus or you've previously been enrolled at UWEC as a degree-seeking student)
  • Send official transcripts from each college or university you have attended

Information should be sent to:

UW-Eau Claire Admissions
Schofield 111
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
After you've been accepted
Transfer of credits

Your transcripts will be forwarded to the appropriate academic department once you have been admitted.  An adviser will audit your transcripts and determine the courses you need to complete to earn a second degree. See the Second Degree Advisers list of advisers.

The Admissions Office will prepare an official transfer credit evaluation for any undergraduate coursework taken after completion of your first degree.  This information will be available to your adviser when you meet with him or her to discuss your second degree.


Going back for teaching?

If you have a bachelor degree and are interested in pursuing a teaching certification check out your steps to apply by clicking the button below. If you have questions about this program, feel free to review our frequently asked questions or contact us with any additional questions.

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