UW Colleges Online
David Brigham, Director
Chris Logterman, Assistant Director for Student Services
Office of Student Services
34 Schroeder Court
Madison, WI 53711
The UW Colleges was granted permission by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to deliver their accredited Associate of Arts and Science degree entirely online in 2001.
UWC Online offers the same courses taught by the same instructors as on the UW Colleges campuses. Courses are adapted to the online teaching and learning environment with the assistance of qualified instructional technologists.
By 2005, all requirements of the Associate degree courses were met and available online. By September 2012, over 270 students had been awarded their AAS degree from UWC Online.
In spring 2012, over 1,800 students were enrolled in UWC Online.
Students taking UWC Online courses generally fall into one of three categories:
- Students pursuing a degree and taking courses exclusively online;
- On-campus students pursuing a degree through one of the 13 UW Colleges campuses who supplement their on-campus curriculum with one or more online courses; and
- Special students, including students pursuing degrees outside the UW Colleges. Many of these students are enrolled in programs with UWC Online collaborative partners: BSN@HOME, BSN-LINC, UW-Platteville, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stout, UW-Superior, and UW-Whitewater.
Other special students are high school students enrolling in college level courses before graduation, and those students taking courses for other reasons.
Relation of Online Courses to UWC Mission
UWC Online is one way the UW Colleges provides students accessible, affordable, and transferable liberal arts general education courses in an Associate degree widely accepted by other institutions.
Online classes enable students to earn college credits from home, school, or work and are often the best option for returning adult students who are full-time employees, stay-at-home parents, and/or live far from a university campus.
For a complete list of courses by semester and term, see www.online.uwc.edu.
Admission and Registration
Students can find all admission and registration materials at www.online.uwc.edu.
Online academic advisors will work with students to develop a study plan for obtaining their Associate degree and to schedule online courses each semester or term as they advance toward the Associate degree. To speak with an advisor, call toll-free: 877-449-1877.
Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid
Registration in online courses does not guarantee students an enrollment in an online course. A student's seat in an online class is not secure until online tuition is paid in full or, for UWC degree seeking students, the UW Colleges confirms that adequate financial aid has been fully processed to cover online tuition in full. For more about online tuition, fees and financial aid, go to www.online.uwc.edu and consult Tuition and Financial Aid.