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 130 majors and over 70 undergraduate 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

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

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
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


First-year students include anyone who is currently a student in high school or who has not taken college coursework since graduating high school. First-year students 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 academic rigor. 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, all materials must be received by our deadlines.

Visit us

Explore our dynamic campus by joining us for a variety of in-person and virtual events and tours. From Memorial Union Terrace to Bascom Hill, UW-Madison is a beautiful and engaging place with an active student body. Experience a virtual or in-person admissions information session and tour, an open house, or other offerings to learn more about services and academic programs available to you. Explore all our offerings and register to attend through Visit Bucky at

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Admissions office

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

Phone number

(608) 262-3961