Continuous Enrollment

Graduate students must maintain continuous enrollment with the university during the academic year. Continuous enrollment is defined as attending fall and spring semesters. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment will result in a student being declared inactive and subsequently dismissed from the program. Students who have been dismissed from a program for failure to comply with the continuous enrollment policy for two consecutive semesters and who wish to continue in the program must complete a new application for admission as a new student. New student applications are reviewed by individual programs and may or may not result in acceptance into the program even if an earlier acceptance was granted.

Students who have interrupted their enrollment with an approved leave of absence may reapply to the university using the Graduate Application for Readmission, available from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Advising and Registration

Upon acceptance to a program, graduate students must meet with their Academic Advisors before each term to discuss progress toward meeting degree requirements. The Academic Advisor’s formal approval is required to permit registration. Students must make payment arrangements with the Business Office no later than the end of the registration period.

Auditing Courses

Admitted and non-admitted students may register for lecture courses as auditors.

Auditing courses are available to non-student, part-time or full-time students. Auditors who are non-students or are enrolled in a part-time status pay 50% of regular tuition for lecture courses and any associated course fees; however, full tuition is charged for limited enrollment, private instruction and studio courses. No credit is awarded for audited courses. If a student desires credit, he or she must repeat the course and pay the regular tuition.

An auditor may attend lecture classes but does not submit papers or take examinations. Auditors may participate in class discussion only upon invitation of the instructor. Audited courses are not applicable towards a degree, and permission to audit does not constitute admission to the university. A course that has been audited is not part of the official academic record of the university.

Audit courses follow the deadline for “Last day for 100% Refund” for any undergraduate and graduate courses. Deadlines may be found in the Main Campus Schedule of Classes (see Academic Calendar) or from the respective program administrator (i.e., ADCaP or UIW Online).

Full-time students may audit one lecture course (3-4 hours) per session (fall, spring, summer) at no cost. Any course fees associated with this enrollment will be the responsibility of the student.

Students are allowed to combine their total number of hours within a respective session to determine their full-time status. Main Campus undergraduates are considered full-time with a minimum of 12 enrolled hours. Main Campus graduate students are considered full-time with a minimum of 6 enrolled hours and doctoral students are considered full-time when enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours. Full-time doctoral status changes when a doctoral student is in the dissertation/doctoral project writing phase and is enrolled in a minimum of 3 hours. If a full-time student falls under banded tuition and, with the audit class, does not exceed a total of 18 hours, no discount will be granted.

Students enrolled in the ADCaP program will be allowed to audit courses within that program. Audit discounts are not applicable to UIW Online courses.

The deadline for changing enrollment in a course from graded to audit status is published in the Academic Calendar.

The following regulations apply to auditing:

  • Students are not allowed to audit practica, tutorials, internships, theses, clinicals, computer or science labs, and similar courses.
  • Students seeking to audit a course must obtain written approval from the instructor.
  • Auditors pay full tuition for limited enrollment, private instruction and studio courses, and will be charged 50% of regular tuition for all other courses. Auditors pay all course fees.
  • Full-time students at UIW may audit one course (3 credit hours) per term free, with the exception of courses specified above. Additional audit courses are charged as described above.