Student Center - Pre-Enrollment Checklist Guide


An overview of the seven tasks of the Pre-Enrollment Checklist students must complete prior to priority enrollment for each semester. There will be a hold placed on the student's record until the checklist is completed.


Below is an overview of the seven tasks of the PEC you must complete prior to priority enrollment for each semester. Please note that a hold will be placed on your record until you have completed the PEC, but it will be automatically removed once you’ve finished the checklist. These tasks should take about five minutes to complete in total.

Task 1: Pre-Enrollment Welcome

Task 2: Emergency Contacts

Task 3: Addresses

Task 4: Pre Enrollment FERPA

Task 5: SSN Confirmation

Task 6: Agreement 1 (terms and conditions)

Task 7: Complete


Below are step-by-step instructions walking you through the PEC process.

From MyUW, enter into your Student Center.

Student Center tile

Once in your Student Center, the Tasks tile will indicate a To Do. Click on the tile.

Task tile
Note: In case an error message pops up stating "You are not authorized to access this component", clear your browser cache and cookies and try again. See Clearing Browser Cache and Cookies for instructions. 

Under the To Do List, you will see the Pre-Enrollment Checklist task. Click on this task to begin the checklist.

Note: When you first start the PEC, the status will be “assigned.” If you start the PEC and leave the task without completing the PEC, once you return the status will be “in progress.” When you return to an “in progress” to-do list, you will resume where you left off.

To Do List Task

Task 1: Pre-Enrollment Welcome

Once you read through the welcome, click "Confirm," then click "Next" in the top right.

welcome page with arrows pointing to Confirm and Next


Task 2: Emergency Contacts 

This is the contact the university should reach out to in case of emergency. Click “Add Contact” to enter the name, relationship, and phone number of your emergency contact. Once you have entered and saved the contact information, click "Confirm" and then "Next" in the top right.

Emergency Contact page with arrows next to Confirm, Next, and Add Contacts

Note: In future terms, click on the + sign if you need to enter a new contact. Or, if you need to make changes, click on the contact. Once you have entered and saved the contact, click "Confirm" and then "Next" in the top right. If there are no changes to the contact listed, click "Confirm" then "Next" in the top right. 

Emergency Contact save with arrows by Next, Confirm, and the Plus icon


Task 3: Addresses

A “local address” is a physical address where you currently or will live and/or frequently stay during the time you’ll be taking classes for the upcoming term. It’s a place of residence where someone would be most likely to find you. One way to think of it is where you “put your head down” at night. This should be your address locally, in or around Madison, and is not necessarily meant to be your permanent address. UW treats your local address a little differently than other addresses you may have listed – it’s more confidential, and will only be used in times of emergency, or as required for SEVIS record-keeping and federal reporting for students studying on F-1 and J-1 visas.  Click the “Add Local 1 Address” to add your local address. Once you have entered and saved the information, click "Confirm" and then "Next" in the top right. 

Add Address page with arrows by Next, Confirm, and Add Local 1 Address

Note: In the “State” field, be sure to type the full state of Wisconsin or click the search option to select the state.

Add Address field

Note: When entering a new address, the "From" field must be populated with today's date (if you are currently living at that address, even if you have lived at this address before today) or a future date (if the address you're entering will be where you live in an upcoming term).

If you don't yet know where you'll live during the upcoming term, you may enter your current address to continue with the Pre-Enrollment Checklist. Once you have an updated address, please make sure to edit it in the Student Center so the local address is accurate and up to date.

In future terms, once an address is on record, click the + sign if you need to enter a new address. Or, if you need to make changes, click on the address. Once you have entered and saved the address, click "Confirm" and then "Next" in the top right. If there are no changes to the address listed, click "Confirm" then "Next" in the top right. 

Troubleshooting Tip: If you follow the guidance above and the "Confirm" button won't activate, you are likely experiencing a browser issue. You can resolve this by opening the PEC in a new private/incognito window or by clearing your browser's cache and cookies. If accessing the PEC on a mobile device or tablet, you may also find success using a desktop or laptop computer instead.

“Address is not verified as deliverable. Unable to save.” Message:

The Student Information System uses a USPS database to verify addresses; occasionally, even a valid address doesn't pass that validation check. Students can't override this, but staff from the Office of the Registrar can. If you receive this message, please email from your email account and include your campus ID number, the correct address, and address type(s), such as local, home, mailing, etc.

Task 4: Pre-Enrollment FERPA

Here you need to read through your FERPA rights and, if you wish, review your FERPA restriction settings. Select Yes to acknowledge your rights and confirm your FERPA restriction settings, then click "Save," then "Confirm," then "Next."

FERPA restrictions with arrows pointing to Next, Confirm, selection toggle, and Save


Task 5: SSN Confirmation

In this step, if you have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) on record, you’ll simply need to click "Confirm" and then "Next" in the top right.

SSN Confirmation with arrows to Next and Confirm

If you do not have an SSN on file or the SSN is not valid, you will either need to enter your SSN or indicate you do not wish to provide an SSN at this time.

Enter valid SSN with arrows to hyperlink, selection box, and Save

Note: Clicking “Here” will open a new tab and bring you to your UW Personal Profile where you can select the Social Security Number tab to enter your SSN.


Task 6: Agreement 1

Here you need to review and agree to the Terms and Conditions statement, which informs students of the financial responsibilities associated with enrollment for classes at UW­–Madison and explains the potential consequences if a student fails to meet those obligations. Once you click the "I Agree to the Above Statement" box, click "Save" and then "Next" at the top right.

Note: the "Next" option does not appear until you select "I Agree" and "Save."

Agreement Terms and Conditions with arrow to selection box and Save


Task 7: Complete

The final task is to click ‘"Finish" to complete the Checklist. Please note if you do not click "Finish," you have not fully completed the Pre-Enrollment Checklist and the hold preventing your enrollment will not be lifted.

Completed PEC confirmation page with arrow to Finish

Congratulations! You have completed the Pre-Enrollment Checklist. Your enrollment hold will be automatically lifted so you can enroll in future terms at your appointed time using the Course Search and Enroll App.

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OwnerDanielle C.GroupOffice of the Registrar
Created2019-07-09 16:07:09Updated2023-12-22 11:04:24
SitesDoIT Help Desk, Office of the Registrar
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