Prospective Students

Why UW

UW-Madison is unique for a variety of reasons, one of which is the core philosophy we call The Wisconsin Idea.  Initially voiced by Charles Van Hise in 1904, this is the idea that the “beneficent influence of the University” should reach “every home in the state.”  Over time, it has evolved to represent our public service mission. The boundaries of UW-Madison are now not limited to the state of Wisconsin, but extend globally.

We encourage all our students to consider how they can embody the Wisconsin Idea and make the most of their time here. UW offers rigorous and challenging courses, world-class professors, and extensive learning support, leading to unparalleled academic opportunities.  At the same time, many important skills can be gained from participating in co-curricular opportunities including mentored undergraduate researchstudy abroad, internships, and student organizations.

The way you choose to combine your studies with out-of-class experiences will create what we call your Wisconsin Experience. We expect that through that experience, you’ll practice empathy and humility, indulge relentless curiosity, develop intellectual confidence, and engage in purposeful action. Check out the Center for Leadership and Involvement and the Morgridge Center for Public Service to start you Wisconsin Experience today.

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First Steps

Talk to an Advisor

The Transfer Transition Program provides centralized academic advising services for prospective transfer students to facilitate a successful transition to UW-Madison.

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Visit Campus

We highly recommend coming to visit UW-Madison’s campus. We’re on 936 wooded, beautiful acres along the shores of Lake Mendota. It’s an amazing place in every season!

aerial view of UW-Madison


The Office of Admissions and Recruitment processes all applications for undergraduate transfer admission.

Bucky Badger at Camp Randall Stadium

Transfer Credit

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment evaluates credit for incoming transfer students.  This typically occurs at or after the point of admission.  Though they do not pre-equate courses for prospective students, there are some resources available to students attending select Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota schools that can help determine how credit will transfer.