Spring Enrollment 2021

Follow the steps below to prepare for spring enrollment. Enrollment may be a little later this semester, but you should still start planning for it now.


Step 1: Explore Courses & Prepare

Start preparing for spring enrollment now!

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View a preview of courses that are planned to be offered in Spring 2021

How to use the spring course preview

NOTE: This preview is a draft of what we are planning to offer in spring 2021. Changes to the spring course schedule will continue to be made. The final schedule of spring 2021 classes will be available in early December at enroll.wisc.edu.


Spring Course Preview


TIP: Click the in the top right corner of the preview for help

Explore majors and requirements in the Guide

Check progress to your degree by adding courses to Degree Planner and running a DARS (degree audit) (undergraduate students only)

Begin to plan your schedule by adding courses to your Degree Planner. Learn more about Degree Planner

Degree Planner


New to DARS (degree audit)? Check out these video tutorials and step-by-step instructions:

Run a DARS

Check on any enrollment holds

Complete your Pre Enrollment Checklist

Step 2: Get Advising

Undergraduate students: Don’t wait until December to get advising! Advisors and advising offices are ready to help you with your spring schedule now, but will have limited availability in late December and early January.

                            Connect with your advisor or advising office in November.

                              Connect with your Advisor

                              Graduate students: Connect with your faculty advisor or graduate program coordinator for advice on course selection.

Step 3: Build Your Schedule

Once the Spring 2021 schedule is released in the Course Search & Enroll app in early December, you can begin building your schedule. More information coming in early December.

                              How to Use Course Search & Enroll

Step 4: Enroll

More information coming in early December.

Find Your Enrollment Time

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the mode of instruction for spring 2021?

Instruction for the spring 2021 semester will be a mix of in-person and online classes.

Which classes will be online and which classes will be in person?

Class sections over 50 will be online. Class sections under 50 could be online, in person, or a mix of online and in-person.

The full schedule of courses, including mode of instruction, will be available in the Course Search & Enroll app in early December.

When will I know which classes are online and which classes are in-person for Spring 2021?

These decisions are being made by departments, schools and colleges throughout November. The full schedule of classes for Spring 2021 – including details such as modes of instruction and course meeting times – will be available in Course Search & Enroll in early December.

When will the full schedule of classes be available in Course Search & Enroll?

Early December.

Enrollment is later than usual this semester. Has anything else related to enrollment changed?

While enrollment is later in the semester, the process for assigning enrollment appointment times and enrolling in courses has not changed.

Why doesn't the spring course preview show more detail?

The course preview is separate from the Course Search & Enroll app, and is only intended to provide an early snapshot of courses that are planned to be offered in Spring 2021. The preview is updated nightly, and only displays catalog-level information about the courses such as course title and description, prerequisites and what university requirements it fulfills (e.g., gen ed, breadth).

Why should I seek out advising in November?

Advisors will have limited availability in late December and early January so students should not wait until then to get advising.  


Meet with your advisor in November to:

  • Discuss how your fall semester is going
  • Review your degree progress
  • Talk about what classes to take in the spring semester

When do spring semester classes start? What about spring break?

Following an extended winter break, the spring semester will begin on January 25, nearly one week later than usual. To reduce the potential of COVID-19 spread related to travel, there will be no spring break in 2021. 

What will COVID-19 testing look like in the spring semester?

Beginning with the start of the spring semester, UW–Madison will expand its systematic testing program to ensure that all students who live on campus, attend classes or utilize campus spaces will be tested twice each week. Regular testing will be required for employees working on campus as well. 

This represents a significant expansion over the current program, where weekly testing occurs for students living in residence halls and for workers in Housing and food service.

Other students and staff are tested only if they choose to make an appointment.

See more details in this article. Further information and updates about campus testing can continue to be found on this University Health Services webpage.

What if I am an international student and have more questions?

International students should continue monitoring the information being shared by International Student Services and connect with their advisor. 

What communications have been sent to me?

Remember to check your UW email regularly for updates and notifications. Here are the emails you may have already received:


What if I have more questions?

Please connect with your undergraduate advisor, graduate program coordinator, or faculty advisor, or reach out to the Office of the Registrar.

For the latest updates, information and planning from UW-Madison, visit the COVID-19 Response website.