1. Admissions Application
The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it, and ensures secure delivery to our office.
2. Application Fee
The nonrefundable $44 application fee must accompany your application. Online applicants can pay the fee by credit card at the time of submission. If your last institution attended is one of the two-year University of Wisconsin Colleges, you do not have to pay the $44 application fee. In cases of exceptional need, the fee may be waived. Students should print the Application Fee Waiver Request (PDF, 605K) and take it to their transfer/college advisor.
3. Official Transcripts
High School: We require official high school transcripts which need to be sent to us by your high school. We review the high school record to check for proof of graduation, the completion of core high school preparation requirements, and to learn more about your educational background. High school grades will play a more important role in the admission review for applicants who have completed fewer transferable college credits. If you have earned your General Educational Development (GED) certificate or a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), you will need to submit your official score report in addition to the high school transcript.
College: Request official transcripts all post-secondary institutions. The transcripts should include all college-level course work completed to date, including your current term in progress, and (if applicable) college classes taken during in high school.
4. Two Written Statements
We ask you to answer the following two questions, each in the form of a short essay. Review our list of tips for the written statements as you prepare your reponses. Both are required for all domestic and international applicants.
1. Consider something in your life you think goes unnoticed and write about why it's important to you.
2. Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, share with us the academic, extracurricular, or research opportunities you would take advantage of as a student. If applicable, provide details of any circumstance that could have had an impact on your academic performance and/or extracurricular involvement.
5. Letter(s) of Recommendation
Though not required, we would like to see at least one recommendation from someone who can attest to your collegiate academic ability. Other recommendations might come from an employer, coach, research mentor, or community leader. Remember that quality is better than quantity, and a total of two is sufficient. Request that your recommenders use our online recommendation form. If they choose to mail them to our office, make sure they include your full name, birth date, and campus ID number (if known).
6. Test Scores (Optional)
Scores from either the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT are not required, but if they are submitted, will be considered. If you choose to submit your test scores, request that they are sent directly from the testing service. Our test code for the ACT is 4656, and for the SAT it is 1846.
Transfer applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, unless they have completed a college level English composition course at a U.S. college or university. Generally, admitted students have an Internet-based TOEFL score in the 95-105 range (587-620 on the paper-based test) or an IELTS score of 6.5-7.5. Our TOEFL test code is 1846. Please request that official IELTS scores be sent by paper to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment.