Transfer Credit

Who does it: The Office of Admissions and Recruitment is the official evaluator of undergraduate transfer credit for UW-Madison.

How they do it: Admissions counselors use course descriptions from your previous institution to help determine the most appropriate way for your credit to transfer. They’ve put together this helpful resource explaining how credit is evaluated.

When is it done: Credit evaluations are typically performed at the same time or shortly after the point of admission, and before you come to a Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) session.  Your SOAR advisor will have a copy of your credit evaluation in hand when you’re working together so you can choose appropriate courses.

Where is it: When it’s ready, your credit evaluation will be posted in your Student Center, on the Academic Records widget, under Transfer Credit Evaluation in the menu on the left. Enter your 10 digit campus ID number in the Campus ID field and click the Search button.

How do I read it?: Review Understanding Your Credit Evaluation before you come to SOAR.  It’ll help you understand what you’re looking at when you read your credit evaluation, and how your credits fit into your degree requirements.



Collect and save your syllabi! Admissions may ask you for a specific course syllabus when they’re doing your credit evaluation, or you might wish to appeal an evaluation decision. You’ll need to present a detailed syllabus from the semester you took the course in either of these cases.