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 back 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 research, study 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.
And we don’t want you to confine the development of your Wisconsin Experience to campus. Madison is a bustling, medium-sized city with a vibrant cultural life and service opportunities in a lot of different environments. Check out the Center for Leadership and Involvement and the Morgridge Center for Public Service to see how you can connect to Madison.
Take some time to get familiar with some of what UW-Madison has to offer before you transfer so you can jump right in once you get here. It’ll make your transition that much easier.
Talk to an Advisor
The Transfer Transition Program provides centralized academic advising services for prospective and newly admitted transfer students to facilitate a successful transition to UW-Madison.
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The Office of Admissions and Recruitment processes all applications for undergraduate transfer admission.
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.
Students attending UW System or WTCS schools
The Credit Transfer Wizards contain equivalents for all freshman and sophomore level courses at any UW System or Wisconsin Technical College campus.
- The Course wizard allows you to look up how any course will transfer from your campus to UW-Madison.
- The Reverse Lookup wizard allows you to focus on any UW-Madison department and see which courses from another campus have equivalents in that department.
- The General Education and Universal Credit Transfer wizard allows you to look up UW-Madison’s General Education requirements and find out which courses at your campus satisfy each of them.
Students attending tribal colleges in Wisconsin and two-year schools in Minnesota and Illinois
The UW-Madison Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) contains equivalents for two-year schools in northern Illinois and in the Minneapolis and Rochester areas of Minnesota, as well as for Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College and the College of Menominee Nation in Wisconsin.
Students attending Madison College
Several schools, colleges, and departments have produced transfer tip sheets for Madison College students. They list Madison College courses that can help build a foundation for pursuing these popular intended majors and schools. Taking the courses mentioned on these tip sheets does not lead to a guarantee of admission to the university or to any specific major. Follow the links below to access the sheets, and please consult the UW System Credit Transfer Wizards to confirm the validity of equivalents.
All other students
Even if you’re not able to look up equivalencies for your institution, there are some things you can do to get a sense of how your credit will transfer:
- Read the Office of Admissions Transfer Credit Policy.
- Familiarize yourself with UW-Madison’s general education requirements, and with any additional general education requirements specific to your intended school or college.
- Make an appointment with the Transfer Transition Program advisors to chat about how the courses you are taking might apply to a UW-Madison degree program.