Students enrolled in a Wisconsin public school district may apply to take up to two university courses per semester at no cost to the student through the Wisconsin Course Options Program. Participating students remain enrolled in their resident school districts for the majority of their classes, and the resident school district is responsible for the cost of the course(s). Parents and students may obtain the Course Options application from their school counselor or the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website. Interested students must submit the Course Options application to the University no later than six weeks before the scheduled start of the course/term. The student's parent is required to sign the Course Options application (students who are 18 years of age or older may sign for themselves). By signing the form, the parent/student grants permission for the University to request and obtain from the resident school district:
- records that are necessary to determine whether or not the student meets the prerequisites for the course.
- records relating to a student's expulsion and any pending disciplinary proceedings.
In addition to the Course Options application, the student must submit the following to the UW-River Falls Admissions Office to be considered for admission to the University as a Course Options Program student:
- The University of Wisconsin System Application for Undergraduate Admission;
- An official high school transcript;
- If the ACT exam has been completed, an ACT score report should also be included.
No later than one week before the start of the requested course, the University will notify the student and resident school district if the application is accepted or rejected.