Youth Options

Application Guidelines & Requirements

The Youth Options program presents exciting educational options for eligible Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors. By meeting some general requirements and following specific guidelines, you may be able to take university-level courses at UW-Washington County, earning both high school and college credit. Visit the Department of Public Instruction's Youth Options page for the most current information.

What’s more, you do not have to pay for a course if your school board determines the course is not comparable to a course offered in the school district. All public high schools participate in Youth Options, so all juniors and seniors who meet the program requirements are eligible.

Students who qualify for the program at UW-WC generally: 

  • Class rank: top 25%  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 

Exceptions can be made. Students not meeting these requirements may appeal to the Office of Student Affairs. Appeals should be initiated with the high school guidance counselor. 

Application Procedures

  1. Complete the standard UW System Application for Admission 
  2. Complete the DPI Youth Options Program Plan & Report
  3. Arrange for your official high school transcripts to be sent to UW Colleges Admissions Office
  4. Letter of reccomendation from high school counselor
  5. Submit the items listed above to the Office of Student Affairs.

If a course has been approved for school district payment, your school district business office will submit a purchase order to the UW-WC Solution Center as a guarantee of payment. This is most often done at the time tuition and fees are due. You do not have to initiate this action. 

Important Deadlines

  • Application for fall enrollment should be submitted by: March 1 
  • Application for spring enrollment should be submitted by: October 1 

Additional Considerations

Students are generally limited to two courses (usually 6 credits) per semester, but exceptions may be made. 
Youth Options students are required to take the UW Colleges English & Math Placement Tests prior to registering for English and math courses and for courses requiring certain levels of English and math as prerequisites. There is a fee for this testing. 

Admission to UW-WC and enrollment in courses is subject to institution and campus enrollment management limits, as well as availability of space in desired classes. All institutional and campus rules/regulations apply equally to Youth Options students. All coursework taken by a Youth Options student is recorded and transcripted as UW-WC credit. Such coursework becomes part of your permanent university record and may affect subsequent admission to post-secondary institutions. You will receive class registration assistance from your academic advisor in the Office of Student Affairs. This helps assure your understanding of your UW-WC coursework...and the Youth Options program.

As a Youth Options participant, you'll have access to UW-WC facilities, including the campus library, computer labs, and athletic facilities. 

More Information

Contact your guidance office, or the UW-WC Solution Center.