University Special Student Orientation for High School

Report
Welcome!
University Special
Student Orientation for
High School Students
Fall 2012
Topics covered
University Special Student Status defined
 MyUW & Student Center
 Enrollment Procedures
 WisCard and Bus Pass
 Fees
 Transcripts and Retrocredits
 Campus Resources
 What you should know about UW courses
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University Special Student
Status
Special student defined
Non-degree student status.
 Enroll on a space available basis after all
degree seeking students.
 Cannot continue as a special student once you
graduate from high school.
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– Can’t be a special student if you are denied
undergrad admission or apply too late
Unique Admission Process
Undergrad vs. Special student admission
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Special
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Undergraduate
– Minimum GPA of 3.000 required
Following are the general
qualifications of admitted
freshmen. These figures are not
cutoffs. They are the middle 50%
range, so 25% of admitted
students fall below the range
and 25% place above it.
Class Rank 86–96th percentile
GPA* 3.5–3.9
ACT 26–30
SAT 1770–2010
*Unweighted, academic GPA
From Freshman Admission Expectations 2008-09
Admission as a Special student does not improve your
chances of getting admitted as an undergraduate.
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2 completely different offices with different
Admission standards
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If your high school GPA, class rank & test scores are
not competitive, even 4 semesters of excellent work
as UNHS special will not get you admitted
Expectations of you as a Special
student
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You are taking a UW-Madison course and will
be in classes with undergraduates -- you will
be graded the same!
– Attend EVERY class session
 Lectures
 Discussions
 Labs
– Do all required work – read your syllabus
– Do NOT hesitate to ask for help
Grades as Special student
Outcomes of classes taken as a special student
can negatively affect college admissions
 Grades will be on your high school transcript
(Youth Options only) and will figure into your
h.s. GPA
 Generally students do quite well in UW
courses but there are occasional D’s & F’s
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UW-Madison Record
Establishing a permanent UW-Madison record
 Any college to which you apply will require
you to submit your UW-Madison transcript
 Not taking your UW-Madison course seriously
will have permanent negative consequences!
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Your Advising and Dean’s Office
Adult Career and Special Student Services serves as your
advising and dean’s office while enrolled as a Special student.
Main office:
608-263-6960
[email protected]
Advisor:
Jane Schimmel
608-262-2862
[email protected]
21 N Park St., Suite 7101
Office hours:
M-F 7:45-4:30, Tues. to 7 PM
MyUW & Student Center
MyUW Portal
my.wisc.edu
 Secure web portal to personalized campus
information and services.
 Accessed by your NetID and password .
 Important to NOT share your password!
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Features of MyUW
Course enrollment
 WiscMail
 My Webspace
 Course Resources
 WiscCal
 Financial
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Your NetID is…
Different from your 10-digit student ID number
 Typically some variation of your name
 Logon to access MyUW and other secure sites at
UW-Madison
Information about activating your NetID was sent with
your letter of admission
www.mynetid.wisc.edu/activate On this page you will
be prompted to enter information to verify your
eligibility. Follow the step by step activation
instructions to finish activating.
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Activating your Net ID
Activate your NetID as soon as possible to
uncover any potential problems before you
begin enrolling.
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If you do encounter a problem with your
NetID call the DoIT Help desk at:
264-HELP (264-4357)
WiscMail is…
Web-based email system available to all
students
 Automatically activated when you activate
your NetID
 Official address for all UW email
correspondence - check it regularly!
You can have other email forwarded to
WiscMail so you have only one email account
to monitor.
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Student Center
One of the most important features of MyUW is
the Student Center. It is where you go to:
 Search for classes
 Add classes to your Wishlist
 Enroll in classes
 Check your enrollment date/time
 Check deadlines
 And much more!
Enrollment Process
Prepare to Enroll
Special students begin enrolling the afternoon
of August 30 but there are steps you can take
before then to assure a smooth enrollment
 Activate your NetID
 Check Class Search to find your class
 Add classes to your Wish List
Class Search
Found in MyUW within Student Center
 “Live” course schedule
 Can review course prerequisites, department
notes, and course footnotes
 Public Class Search access (for non-students)
available at:
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http://registrar.wisc.edu/schedule_of_classes_students.htm
Class Search examples
Wish List (a.k.a. Shopping Cart)
Create a list of desired course sections before your
enrollment time
 Uncover potential enrollment difficulties (like
permission needed)
 Speed up course selection at your enrollment time
 Does not reserve a space for you in the course
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Please note: Your wish list is not a waiting list…
Validate Your Wish List
After adding courses to your Wish List you can get a
status update regarding enrollment confirmation
and errors.
 In your Wish List/Shopping Cart select courses you
wish to validate.
 Click on “Validate” button at bottom of panel.
 You will then get one of two possible messages:
– OK to add OR
– Potential Problem with a descriptive message
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Contact the department regarding any potential
problems
Wish List example
Enrolling from your wish list
On or after your earliest enrollment time you
can enroll directly from your wish list:
 Select course in which you wish to enroll.
 Click “begin enrolling”
 Follow steps from here to enroll in the course.
NOTE: if the course is full but the department
has given you “permission” you will still be
able to enroll even if course shows it is closed
(blue box).
Wait list
Not all departments/courses are using this
function at this time!
 Placement on wait list does not guarantee
enrollment.
 Must be on or after your enrollment time.
 Courses with wait list display with yellow
triangle.
 You will receive an email if a spot opens.
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Wait list example
Web Enrollment tips
You can enroll anytime after your earliest enrollment
time
 Check back often if your class is full – you may “win
the drop lottery”
 Consult with departments about:
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– Closed classes
– Prerequisites
– Obtaining permission if needed
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Remember to confirm your course enrollment in the
Student Center
Problems enrolling?
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Typical error messages:
– Class is full
– Class requires permission to enroll
– Prerequisites not met
Need help?
NetID problems – 264-4357
 Enrollment assistance – 262-0920
 Course questions and access issues (e.g.
permissions or waiting lists) contact
departments 
www.wisc.edu/academics/departments.php
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General questions – Jane Schimmel, 608-2622862 or [email protected]
What if I want to drop a course?
Consult deadlines (next topic)
 Drop courses using Student Center
 Contact Jane to let her know or if you need
help deciding whether to drop
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Important Dates &
Deadlines
Important dates
September 4 – Instruction begins
 November 22-25 – Thanksgiving recess
 December 14 – Last day of classes
 December 16-22 – Final exam period
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Fall 2012
Deadlines at a Glance
Monday, September 3, 2012
Last day to cancel enrollment without transcript record
 Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Instruction begins
 Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Last day to drop courses or withdraw without DR or W grade notation on Transcript
 Friday, September 14, 2012
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Last Day to Add your 1st class without Departmental & Dean's permission - All Students
Last Day to Add Courses without Departmental approval - All Students
Last Day for 100% tuition adjustment on dropped classes
SPECIALS AND GUESTS ONLY: Last Day to Enroll without $25 Late Initial Enrollment Fee
Friday, September 28, 2012
Last Day for 50% tuition adjustment on dropped classes
Last Day to Apply for Pass/Fail Privilege
Friday, November 2, 2012
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Last Day to Drop courses --- All Students
Friday, November 23, 2012
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Last day to withdraw without academic penalty - Undergrads/Specials/Professionals
Friday, December 14, 2012
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Last Class Day
WisCard & Bus Pass
WisCard (Photo ID)
Official UW-Madison ID card
 Access libraries, recreational facilities, and other
campus services
 Also your campus debit card – 45 locations!!
 Free to obtain but $25 to replace so don’t lose it!
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Obtaining your WisCard
*You will need to wait 24 hours after you have enrolled before you can obtain your WisCard*
You will need to present a valid driver's license,
passport, state or federal ID.
 WisCard office:
Union South
Room 149
Phone: 608-262-3258
E-mail: [email protected]
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Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30 am – 5 pm
Extended hours until 6 pm, Aug. 27, 29; Sept. 4,6,10
Madison Metro Bus Pass
Your free ASM Student Bus Pass is good for all Madison Metro routes!
Pick up info:
Student Activity Center
•333 East Campus Mall,
4th floor
Union South Box Office
• 1308 W Dayton St
Available starting August 27*
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
Ph: 263-3950
After September 14 passes are available only at Student Print,
333 East Campus Mall, M-F 9:30 am – 6:30 pm.
*IMPORTANT: You must have a UW Photo ID and be enrolled in fall
2012 classes before you may obtain a pass.
Fees
Youth Options Program
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If you are enrolled in a course approved by your
district, the district will be billed.
If you are enrolled in a non-approved course, you
will be billed – invoice sent via email to your
WiscMail address.
If you receive a e-Bill and you don’t think you should
have, contact Jane Schimmel at 262-2862 or
[email protected]
If you drop your class beyond the tuition adjustment
deadline you may have to reimburse your school
district.
October 1 is YOP deadline for spring.
Traditional Program
Once your tuition invoice is generated an email
notification of your e-Bill will be sent to your
WiscMail e-mail address (wiscmail.wisc.edu). You
can also check your tuition balance in your Student
Center.
 Tuition for 2012-13 academic year is $435.44 per
credit.
 You are responsible for all tuition and fees.
 $100 late fee assessed if don’t pay by due date on
your bill.
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Transcripts and
Retrocredits
Transcripts
Transcripts for Youth Options students are
sent to your school district at the end of the
semester
 Official transcripts must be ordered through
the Registrar’s office and are $10 each.
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– http://ordertranscript.wisc.edu/
Retroactive Language Credit
If you elect to take language courses as a
special student, you may qualify to earn a
recommendation that retroactive credit be
granted for your courses.
 Interested? Pick up a form tonight.
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How to apply for retro credit:
Complete retro credit form within the first two
weeks of class.
• Submit the form to Jane Schimmel, 21 N
Park St, Rm 7101 by the end of the third week
of classes.
• Notation on transcript will appear after
course is complete and if you receive a grade
of B or better.
Retro credit transcript text:
The following is a sample of the notation that will
appear on your transcript if you apply for retro
credits and receive a grade of "B" or higher:
"Recommend that Retroactive Language credit
be granted for: Scand ST 101 & 102 for 8
credits basis successful completion of Scand St
201, 1104 (spring 2012) term."
Campus Resources
Academic Support
GUTS – Greater University Tutoring Service,
333 E Campus Mall, Office 4413
 Math Tutorial Program, 321 Van Vleck;
www.math.wisc.edu/~tprogram/
 Chemistry Learning Center, B311 Chemistry
Building
 Writing Center, 6171 Helen C. White Hall
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EXAM FILE
http://guts.studentorg.wisc.edu/
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GUTS has established a file with a number of past exams from
some math, chemistry, and physics courses.
– These exams are provided by academic departments to be used as
study aids. Examples of test formats and questions may help you
overcome any test anxiety and supplement your review material.
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All exams can be checked out at GUTS office, 333 E Campus
Mall, Office 4413, during open hours. GUTS staff are happy to
make copies of any exams you would like.
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You might also want to check out exams that departments
have posted online.
Libraries
UW-Madison has over 40 campus libraries!
www.library.wisc.edu
College Library, Helen C White Hall –
undergraduate library
 Memorial Library, 728 State St Mall – largest
single library collection in WI!
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Student Resources
McBurney Disability Resource Center, 702 W
Johnson St, 2nd floor
 University Health Services, 333 East Campus
Mall
 LGBT Campus Center, 2nd floor Memorial
Union
 Multicultural Student Center, 2nd floor Red
Gym
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Textbooks
University Book Store, 711 State St
 Underground Textbook Exchange, 664 State St
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You will need to know the section number for
your course. Books are usually arranged
according to course and section number.
Computing
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9 Computer labs available to you across
campus www.doit.wisc.edu/computerlabs/
Help - 264-HELP(4357); http://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/
[email protected]
 Software Training for Students –
www.doit.wisc.edu/training/
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Parking
City of Madison State St Campus Ramp, Lake
St & Univ Ave.
 Campus parking:
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www.vip.wisc.edu/gettingAround.php
Park near campus and take the bus – it is free!
 SAFE Nighttime Services –
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http://transportation.wisc.edu/transportation/safeservices.aspx
What you need to know about
UW courses
Introduce yourself to your professors and TA’s
 Syllabus – read it carefully!
 Attendance – go to class!
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– All lectures, discussions and labs
– UW rarely closes due to bad weather
– Contact the professor or TA if you need to miss
class due to illness or bad weather
More on what you need to know…
Course readings – read material before
lectures.
 Final exams – usually not at the same time as
your class. Check the time in Class Search.
 Academic problems? – talk with your
professor and/or TA ASAP!! And be in touch
with Jane. DON’T DELAY asking for help.
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Have a great semester!

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