University of Wisconsin-Madison


University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public research university in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. Founded in 1848, the beautiful campus sits on an isthmus between two lakes and spans 936 acres. Students can choose from 128 majors and 71 certificate programs in eight undergraduate schools and colleges. UW-Madison faculty and staff provide a world-class learning experience, and students have access to thousands of classes in nearly any subject. Wisconsin Badgers compete in 23 varsity sports in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. Upon graduation, UW Badgers are part of a proud global network of over 440,000 living alumni.

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Pharmacy
  • Agriculture

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Freshmen include anyone who is currently a student in high school or who has not taken college coursework since graduating high school. Freshmen can apply online via the Common Application or UW System Application.


A transfer student is anyone who has attended another college or university after graduating from high school and wishes to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at UW–Madison. In order to be eligible for transfer admission, you must have completed at least 24 transferable semester hours of college-level work. AP, A-Level, IB, and CLEP cannot be used toward the 24 transferable credit requirement. We do not admit freshman-level transfer students. Transfer students can apply online via the UW System Application at

Additional Information

Undergraduate admission to the University of Wisconsin-Madison is competitive and selective, and our professional admissions counselors review applications using a holistic process. Our holistic process is designed to help us find remarkable students who will add to the legacy of UW-Madison. We don't use formulas or charts, and there is no required minimum test score, GPA, or class rank. We read each application thoroughly, one by one.

First, we focus on academic excellence -- courses, grades, and test scores. Beyond academics, we look for qualities such as leadership, concern for others and the community, and achievement in the arts, athletics, and other areas. We're also seeking breadth in personal background and experience and your potential for contribution to the Wisconsin community.

In order to complete your application you must submit the application and fee ($60), two essays, self-reported course and grade information for grades 9-12,  a letter of recommendation from an academic source, and ACT or SAT scores (not required for transfer students). TOEFL or IELTS score may be required for international students. All materials must be received by our deadlines.

Visit us

Come explore our dynamic campus. From Memorial Union Terrace to Bascom Hill, UW-Madison is a beautiful and engaging place with an active student body. Experience an admissions information session and campus tour, a class visit, or a University Housing tour. Also take time to visit one of our undergraduate schools and colleges, check out a sporting event, catch a performance, or explore downtown Madison. Explore all our visit offerings through Visit Bucky at

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Admissions office

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School location

702 W Johnson St, Suite 1101
Madison, WI 53715, United States of America

Phone number

(608) 262-3961