Special students are a diverse group broadly defined as people not currently seeking a degree. Special students may fall into the following categories:
- Teachers seeking to maintain certification
- Community members taking classes for personal enrichment or growth in an occupation
- Those needing classes in preparation for admission to graduate or professional school
- Persons interested in trying some classes before applying for full admission to the university
- Guest students studying in Semester Abroad programs
- Senior citizens or other auditors
- High school students (juniors or seniors) who wish to take college courses prior to graduating from high school
How to Become a Special Student
- Special students at UW-Stevens Point (excluding high school students) do
not need to fill out an application form for admission. They may register for classes using the mail-in registration form or by reporting to the Admissions Office for in-person registration.
High school students who wish to take college courses must print and complete a special
application, submit their transcripts, and receive approval from the Admissions Office to enroll.
- The Timetable of classes for each semester may be viewed online at
- Special students register for classes on a space-available basis. Seat availability information by course is available
- Unless they are currently attending high school, special students must have graduated from high school or its equivalent. Students under the age of 21 without transfer credits must meet current new freshman requirements and provide a copy of their high school transcript to demonstrate that the criteria have been met. Transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. Some record of previous academic work may be required to establish academic eligibility.
- Special students may attend summer school without establishing academic eligibility.
- Before enrolling in English or math courses, special students must take English and math placement tests. Placement tests are also required for students taking advanced foreign language courses.
Other Information for Special Students
- Special students are not eligible for financial aid.
- All students, including special students, must pay a $100 registration deposit before enrolling in classes.
- Special students do not indicate majors, and they are not assigned faculty advisors. Appointments may be scheduled with the Student Academic Advising Center if advising is needed.
- Special students have the privileges of other registered students, such as access to the Learning Resources Center, recreational facilities, health services, etc., when they obtain a valid UWSP student ID from the PointCard Office.
- Special student may change status to a degree-seeking student by completing the UW System application for admission, submitting transcripts and ACT scores (if required), and paying the application fee.
Please contact Registration and Records by
or phone (715-346-4301) with questions regarding special student status.