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Reentry Applicants - Office of Admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Reentry Applicants - Office of Admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Reentry Admissions

Students who previously attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but have not been enrolled in courses for a semester or more, are considered reentry students. If you are interested in returning to UW–Madison as an undergraduate student, please complete our reentry application process.

Requirements & Expectations

A primary admission consideration for reentry students is your academic record while previously enrolled at UW–Madison. If you were previously dropped, suspended, or on academic probation, you may need your dean’s permission for reentry. We will also review transcripts from the colleges or universities you attended during your time away, if applicable.


We use rolling admissions, reviewing complete applications in the order received. Our review of reentry applications begins no earlier than February for the fall and summer terms and October for the spring term. Decisions are generally made in four to six weeks.

To guarantee an early enrollment appointment, we must receive your complete application (including transcripts) by the following deadlines:

  • Fall/Summer Terms - February 1
  • Spring Term - October 1

Please note you should apply no more than one year prior to your desired term of readmission.

Application Checklist

  1. Application for Undergraduate Admission. You can apply online. As a reentry student, you do not need to pay the $44 application fee or submit standardized test scores.

    Reentry applicants do not need to complete the questions relating to high school courses in progress, ACT/SAT scores, and employment and activities, nor do you need to complete the high school counselor information/form.

    In terms of the statements, you do not need to respond to the first question (about your life experiences and the impact you will have on our campus). However, you are encouraged to respond to the second statement to explain your reason(s) for applying for reentry admission, your prior experiences on campus, and/or your activities since your last date of enrollment.
  2. Transcripts. You must submit official transcripts for every college or university you've attended since you were last enrolled at UW–Madison. The transcripts should include all college-level course work completed to date and your current term in progress (if applicable). You do not need to resubmit your high school transcript or a college transcript for course work already recorded on your UW–Madison transcript.

International students: Please note you will also need to submit the Financial Verification Form (PDF, 449K) and bank letter. For complete details, visit the international admissions Web site.

Study Abroad Students

If you participate in a semester-long study abroad program sponsored by a university other than UW–Madison, you will need to apply for readmission to Wisconsin. If you are participating in a summer or winterim program, you do not need to apply for reentry.

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