Course Format: Online

Online courses are set up in an interactive format that allows you to communicate with your instructors and classmates in a virtual classroom environment. This may involve completing both individual and team assignments via the Internet. You will have 24/7 access to your course, meaning you can log on and complete assignments at your convenience. The majority of UW-Platteville online courses run over a 16-week session for fall and spring semesters or a 10-week summer session.

One week prior to the start date, also known as preview week, you will receive access to your course in Desire2Learn. This gives you an opportunity to review the content of the course and complete the required participation policy.

Course Offerings

Online courses are offered in three terms: fall, spring, and summer. Course availability varies by semester. See our online course offerings for more details. Winterim courses are not available.


Review the registration instructions for your courses before you register online. Check the calendar for registration and financial aid deadlines.

Distance Students: Distance learning students are eligible to register for online courses during open registration periods, given the prerequisite(s) for the course have been met. Prior to registering each semester, students must complete the registration agreement hold found in their to-do list in PASS, along with any other holds. To complete your registration, a payment covering your tuition will need to be completed by the registration/payment deadline. If you have questions, please contact your advisor. Your advisor can be found in your PASS student center.

Special Students: Those who are taking an online course with a prerequisite will need to submit an unofficial transcript. This will allow us to determine if the prerequisite has been met. If prerequisites are not an issue, please follow the same process as distance students.

Campus Students: Campus students are eligible to enroll in online courses, however they will need special permission in PASS to do so. Registration deadlines differ from campus. If you are interested in taking an online course, see our campus borrow process webpage for more information.

Tuition and Fees

Review tuition and fees for graduate and undergraduate courses and the payment options.


You must have your textbook(s) BEFORE your online course starts. Textbook costs are not included in tuition and fees. Financial aid is not disbursed until after the start of classes, so you will have to pay for your textbooks out of pocket, and then reimburse yourself once your financial aid is disbursed. For information on obtaining textbooks visit the textbook page.

Special Requirements

Participation Policy: Due to increased federal regulations, UW‐Platteville is required to verify that all enrolled students are participating in courses prior to the census date of each semester. The census date will be set each semester by the university. Students must demonstrate participation by completing the specified discussion post for each course they are registered for and instructions for the participation policy process are provided.

Proctor: A few online courses have proctored exams. If the online course requires a proctor, you will have to submit a proctor nomination form at the time you register, if you do not already have a proctor on file.

Minimum System Requirements: Our online course delivery system has minimum system requirements for your computer's hardware and software.