Senior Guest Auditing at UW-Madison

Hundreds of UW-Madison credit courses are available each term on an “audit” (no credit) basis. Wisconsin residents 60 and older can audit these courses for free as Senior Guest auditors. Auditors sit in on lecture courses and learn from top UW faculty without the obligation of tests or assignments. Senior Guest auditors pay no tuition; the only requirements are that they are 60 years old by the first day of class and Wisconsin residents.

Once admitted and enrolled, Senior Guest auditors are considered UW-Madison students. They obtain a UW Madison Photo ID, enjoy access to many campus facilities and resources—including 40 libraries and computer labs—and have coursework recorded on an official university transcript. Memberships to recreational sports facilities may be purchased.

Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is the advising, admitting, and academic dean's office for all University Special students, including Senior Guest auditors. You will find complete details about Senior Guest auditing, course eligibility, and how to apply to become a Senior Guest Auditor at Please contact the ACSSS staff with any questions about Senior Guest Auditing at: 608-263-6960.