University of Wisconsin Extended Campus is now Wisconsin Online Collaboratives! This name reflects the partnerships of the 13 universities within the Universities of Wisconsin–our state's premier system of public higher education. Through these partnerships we will continue to support online degrees, certificates and courses–along with support services to you.

UW Online Collaboratives Program Dates

Online Semester-Based Programs

Semester-based degree programs and certificates offer three start dates: fall, spring, and summer semester.

Starting your application early will ensure you have plenty of time to gather required materials (such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.), apply for financial aid, transfer credits, and complete the application. Generally speaking, your online application and all required materials must be submitted to your preferred home campus 2-4 weeks prior to the date classes start (this varies by campus). Please visit your program-specific application page for more information.

Term Registration Begins/
Permission Numbers Available
Preview Week Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 March 11, 2024 May 21, 2024 May 28, 2024 August 09, 2024
Fall 2024 April 08, 2024 August 27, 2024 September 03, 2024 December 13, 2024
Spring 2025 November 11, 2024 January 21, 2025 January 28, 2025 May 09, 2025
Summer 2025 March 10, 2025 May 20, 2025 May 27, 2025 August 08, 2025

*Please visit the program page to learn more about when all application materials need to be completed.

Online Competency-Based Programs

Competency-based programs and certificates, such as those offered through the UW Flexible Option, are completed in 12-week subscription periods instead of semesters. Subscription periods begin every month, however, application materials must be submitted a month prior to the desired start date.

For example, if you would like to start your program on the May start date, all your application materials must be submitted by April 1 to be considered for your desired subscription start date. 

*Please visit the important dates to remember page on the UW Flexible Option website.

Individual courses via UW Independent Learning

Independent Learning courses do not require an application and are not tied to a semester—start when it is convenient for you!

Have questions? Contact an enrollment adviser at:

Business Hours:

Enrollment advisers are available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, or by appointment.