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UW Oshkosh Course Options

UW Oshkosh takes part in the Course Options Program, which was created by the State of Wisconsin Legislature. This program allows qualified public school students to enroll in up to two courses at any time from an institution of higher education with a portion of tuition and fees for pre-approved courses paid by local school boards. Course Options Program students attend college classes on campus rather than on site at their high schools.

To participate in the program, a student must apply to both the local school board and a chosen institution of higher education and must meet that institution’s admission requirements. Each college or university participating in Course Options Program sets its own admission requirements.

For more information on the state policy and regulations, visit the Course Options website.


Applying to the Course Options Program at UW Oshkosh

  1. Talk with your high school counselor about your eligibility.
  1. Complete the Department of Public Instruction Course Options Program Student Application. (Also obtained from your high school counselor.)
  1. Please Submit the following to UW Oshkosh no later than 6 weeks prior to the start of the course:
    – Course Options Program Student Application
    – Submit your high school transcript
    – Your ACT scores, if your GPA is under a 3.25 (unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale), and your class rank in the 2nd quarter of your graduating class.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following three criteria to be eligible for YOP:

  1. Have a 3.25 cumulative GPA (unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale) as indicated on the high school transcript.
  1. Rank in the top quarter of the graduating class as indicated on the high school transcript.
  1. Rank in the 2nd quarter of the graduating class and have a minimum ACT composite score of 24.
    (If ACT scores are not evident on the transcript, the student must arrange to have the ACT scores reported to UW Oshkosh. NOTE: UW Oshkosh ACT school code number is 4674).


Course Options Courses and the Student’s Academic Record

It is up to the school counselors and students to make sure they are enrolled in courses approved by the school and sections that fit with their high school schedule. Our enrollment system will let students know if they are missing prerequisites, which will often be the required placement tests in English, math and foreign language.

NOTE: If you enroll in a course not approved by the school board, you will be responsible for fees, tuition and books, as well as any penalties for late payment.

Courses taken as a University Course Options Student become part of the permanent University record and may affect subsequent admission to post-secondary institutions. Please be aware that a poor grade earned in a Youth Options course could have a negative impact on a future admission decision for a student.


Parking, Email, TitanCard (student ID) and Desire2Learn (D2L)

Please visit this website for additional information.



Specific questions regarding this program may be directed to the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office at (920) 424-3164.


UW Oshkosh Admissions
800 Algoma Boulevard
135 Dempsey Hall
Oshkosh, WI 54901


Hours of Operation:
M-F 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


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