Special Students/Non-Degree Seeking Students

This diverse group of students may include midcareer professionals seeking certification for a changing technology, community members seeking courses for personal fulfillment, high school students taking classes not offered at a high school, guests and auditors. Special students may be admitted as enrollment management goals permit. 

Special students are considered non-degree seeking and must be registered for a minimum of three (3) or more eligible credits to participate in the eStout laptop program.  Per UW-Stout policy, special students register for classes after UW-Stout degree seeking students. Students enrolling in the fall semester will be invited to register in late August. Students enrolling in the spring semester will be invited to register in mid-January. 

Youth Options/Course Options Students

The Youth Options//Course Options program allows all public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at a Wisconsin technical college or institution of higher education. See the website for the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for detailed information about Youth Options/Course Options, including PDF links to the brochure, application form, a timeline, and list of FAQs.

  • To be admitted as a Youth Options/Course Options student, simply indicate that status on the UW System Application for Admission form. It is not necessary to indicate a major or pay the application fee. Applicants must gain the approval from their parents/guardians and their high school.

  • When completing the Youth Options Program Plan and Report Form or the Course Options Application Formuse the General Education list to select several courses that the student would consider taking. Youth Options/Course Options students have last priority in registration, so selecting more classes will increase the likelihood of finding an open seat in a course. Also, please note the time of day when open classes meet to ensure that they fit within the student's high school schedule.

  • General Education courses are not the only type of course Youth Options/Course Options students may take. Use the Course Descriptions section of the University Bulletin to determine the nature of study in all courses and whether the student has fulfilled the required prerequisite courses. It is encouraged to think about and list courses that are desired to be taken, not just the courses that happen to be open.

  • Students enrolling in the fall semester will be invited to register in late August. Students enrolling in the spring semester will be invited to register in mid-January.

  • When the student receives their approved Youth Options/Course Options Program Plan and Report form from their school, send a copy to the Office of Admissions, 712 South Broadway Street, Menomonie, WI 54751.

  • Course offerings and enrollments can be monitored by using Access Stout. Instructions for the Class Search process are linked here.

  • Youth Options/Course Options students are not eligible for financial aid.

  • Applicants must rank in the top 50 percent of their high school class or have an ACT composite score of 22 or better, or SAT of 1030.

Auditors - Auditing a Class

Auditing a Class

  • The student must complete the Special Student Application.

  • Preferred Method: the UW System application https://apply.wisconsin.edu

  • Alternative Method: this pdf available online at http://www.uwstout.edu/admissions/special.cfm

  •  No additional documentation is required (e.g. no application fee, no transcripts, no test scores, no major)

  • Once admitted, students will be assisted by the Advisement Center staff (715-232-1465, Bowman Hall, Room 11) for registration. 

  • Classes are offered on a space-available basis after degree seeking students are served.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to receive prior approval from the instructor to audit the class.

  • A class search can be done on the UW-Stout website:  on the home page, 'click' Class Search at the top of the page; this logs one in as guest user.

  • Instructions for how to search for classes is available online at http://www.uwstout.edu/regrec/upload/SearchForClasses.pdf.

  • Using a UW-Stout Program Card (a.k.a. Add/Drop card) student requests instructor to write "Permission to Audit" and sign name in the Instructor Signature Box area. Signed card is then taken for processing to the Registration & Records Office, room 109 Bowman Hall, 715/232-2121.

  • Once registered, students need to have their photo taken for a Stout ID card in the Campus Card Office, Room 110 Merle Price Commons, 715-232-2887

  • Students are able to use rented textbooks but are not eligible for laptops.

  • Auditors must attend class but taking quizzes and examinations is optional.

  • Courses that are audited do not award credit; therefore cannot be used for graduation requirements.

  • A course which is audited may not be repeated for a grade or credit.

Tuition and Fees

  • Wisconsin residents will be charged approximately 30 percent of the normal per credit academic fee. Verification of residency is required.

  • Minnesota reciprocity students will be charged approximately 30 percent of the normal per credit academic fee.  

  • Non-Wisconsin residents will be charged approximately 50 percent of the normal per credit academic fee.

  • Any special costs for course instruction, other than normal tuition, will be assessed to auditors.

  • To qualify for audit fees, non-degree seeking students cannot take any graded courses during a semester in which courses are audited.

  • Student bills are calculated at the full fee rate then manually adjusted by Student Business Services.

Full UW-Stout Official Policy is on-line at http://www.uwstout.edu/regrec/ , scroll down to Auditing Classes and Credit/No-Credit Option


Advising for Special Students

After admission to UW-Stout, any questions about registering as a special student may be directed to Debra Mosey, Advisor for Undergraduate Specials, 11 Bowman Hall, 715/232-1465, moseyd@uwstout.edu.