Jeff Miller
University Communications

The Advisor

Summer 2014

Welcome to Summer at UW-Madison!

Summer classes are offered in flexible sessions from 3-8 weeks in length with over 1000 courses to choose from.  See our Summer Course Preview for classes offered in our most popular summer sessions.  Explore the Schedule of Classes to see all the options available to you, both on campus and online.  And be sure to visit our Summer Term website for everything you need to know about summer in Madison. We hope you have a great summer!

Important dates for summer term

Early April - University Special student enrollment begins; check your MyUW Student Center for your enrollment date.  

May 19 - Senior and regular Guest auditors begin enrolling.

May 27 - Three-week early session begins 

June 16 - Eight-week general session begins 

August 10 - Eight-week general session ends

Summer tuition deadline - See your tuition eBill for your payment deadline.  Generated after you enroll, the eBill will be available to view and pay in your MyUW Student Center within a week after you enroll.  Note: the first summer tuition bills will be posted in mid-May.   

Additional deadline information - see the Registrar's Key Deadlines page for add, drop, and tuition refund deadlines.  For an overview of all summer deadlines by session length, see the Guidelines for Summer Enrollment Actions

New! Online orientation

ACSSS recently rolled out an online orientation.  Most University Special students do not have a formal orientation session and we hope this online version will help familiarize you with campus whether you are a new or returning Badger.  Spend some time exploring the modules which include: enrollment, housing, getting around campus, health services and more.  Online orientation.  

Learn@UW Instructional technology support

Think you don't need to worry about eLearning technology because you aren't taking an online course? Or are you taking an online or "blended" course and completely unfamiliar with online course technology? Many UW-Madison faculty and instructors use eLearning technology to enhance face-to-face instruction, to teach a class that is a combination of classroom and online, or conduct a class entirely online. UW-Madison uses the Learn@UW (aka Desire2Learn/D2L) online course management system. Even if you are taking a traditional "bricks and mortar" class, you may be required to interface with the class via Learn@UW or some other system. Students can find Learn@UW support via DoIT at: Desire2Learn (Learn@UW) - Basic Information for Students.

Continuing Education Grant application deadline is May 1

ACSSS offers grants to provide financial assistance for adults who have experienced a significant break in their formal education and are studying at UW-Madison on a less than half-time basis.  Grants for in-state tuition may be awarded for one 3 credit summer term course for undergraduate, graduate, and University Special students.  Learn more...

Don't miss important UW-Madison email 

Your instructors and other offices at UW-Madison will begin sending all official email to your WiscMail address on the first day of classes. Your WiscMail can be accessed through My UW. Don't want another email account to check?  Here are the steps to forward your WiscMail:  

1) Go to 
2) Log onto your account with your NetID and Password.
3) Click on "mail forwarding"
4) Enter your email forwarding address in the field provided and select modify

Summer Housing Options

Special students are eligible for university housing, but there are a limited number of rooms available during the summer. To learn more about both on and off-campus housing options in the summer, see our summer housing information.

The Tenant Resource Center in Madison can assist you with your housing contract questions and problems.

University Health Services

Acupuncture, meditation, counseling, and yoga, in addition to preventative care, are just a few of the services available free or low cost to UW-Madison students, including University Special students enrolled for the current term.  See the UHS website for a full list of services and information about scheduling appointments.

Bus pass essentials

Enrolled University Special students are eligible to receive a free Madison Metro bus pass with a valid Wiscard (photoID).  For details on obtaining your bus pass, visit the ASM website.  You are required to carry your Wiscard with you when riding Madison Metro and may be asked to display it with your bus pass when boarding.   

Note: Guest and Senior Guest auditors are not eligible for a free bus pass. 

Campus bus routes 80, 81, 82, & 84 are always free to everyone (no bus pass needed).

Other transportation information

UW-Madison’s Office of Transportation Services offers information about parking, biking, walking, SafeRide, SafeWalk, SafeCab and other innovative programs.

Summer Facilities and Services access

University Special students enrolled in summer classes can use their Wiscard to access all university services including: recreational facilities, campus libraries, and computer labs.  If you are taking the summer off but planning to enroll again in fall, you may be able to access computer labs and libraries free of charge.  Recreation Sports and University Health Services charge summer fees to non-enrolled students wanting to access these services.  See our FAQs on Special student privileges for more information.

Free Summer University Forums offered 

The Division of Continuing Studies and its campus partners are proud to sponsor two free University Summer Forums open to the public.  Both forums meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings on campus from 6-8 pm.  For topics and more information, visit the University Summer Forums webpage

Summer workshops

If you've thought about changing careers or returning to school but aren't sure how to make it happen, ACSSS can help.  Check out our summer workshop schedule.  For more information and to register, follow the links for each of the workshops listed:

Nuts & bolts of returning to school - Tuesday, July 22

Career change 101 - Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, July 24

Counseling and advising services

ACSSS is the admitting and advising office for University Special and Guest students.  We also provide education and career counseling for the public both in our office and on Tuesdays from 5-7 pm at Goodman South Madison branch library.  For more information or to schedule an appointment please email or call 608-263-6960.  Office hours are 7:45 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesdays until 7 pm. 


The Advisor is produced three times per year by Adult Career and Special Student Services to provide news and information to UW-Madison Special students.  Visit our archive for past issues.