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Special Students (Non Degree Seeking)

Non-Degree Seeking Students (Special Student status)

If any of the following conditions describe your situation, you are a Special Student:

  1. You are a student enrolled at another institution, and you intend to return or remain at that institution.
  2. You want to enroll in a course simply for personal interest or benefit.
  3. You are a teacher and are taking courses to keep your licensure current.

Please note that Special Students are not eligible for financial aid and are not eligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics but are permitted to live in University housing. To apply as a Special Student, complete the Undergraduate Special Student Application Form and return it to the Admissions Office, Dempsey 135, (920) 424-3164. The Admissions Office will notify you regarding your admission status as a Special Student. Special Student registration information will be sent to you when you are approved for Special Student status. All undergraduate Special Students should check the registration calendar for the date when they can first register for each term.

If any of the following conditions describe your situation, you are not a Special Student:

  1. You intend to receive a baccalaureate degree from UW Oshkosh.
  2. You are seeking a second or another degree/major/minor/emphasis.
  3. You are seeking licensure to teach.

Please use a regular online application form or obtain one from the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office in Dempsey 135.

60 Plus Auditors

Wisconsin residents (as defined by Wisconsin Statute 36.27(2)) who are 60 years of age or older (by the start of the semester/term) may audit classes for free, on a space available basis, in courses that are open to auditors and special students. Auditors must complete the University Special Student Auditor – 60 Plus Application and obtain the instructor’s signature no earlier than the first day of class but no later than the course-add deadlines. Submit the completed and signed University Special Student Auditor – 60 Plus Application to the Admissions Office (800 Algoma Boulevard, Dempsey 135) starting on the first day of the term or no later than the course add deadline.

Contact the Admissions Office for more information at (920) 424-0202 or email

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