Direct Entry Programs

Business

Working closely with the School of Business, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment will make direct entry decisions for the Wisconsin School of Business Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program, effective fall 2017. All applicants who wish to major in business must apply to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment listing a business major as their preferred area of interest. Students who are directly admitted to the School of Business will be notified in their letter of admission.

Our office reviews applicants holistically and considers a student's preparation and academic readiness for the School of Business, as well as leadership and involvement. More information can be found on the Wisconsin BBA Program website.

The Wisconsin BBA Program has upper level admission for students who are not admitted directly, including transfer students. Visit the Wisconsin BBA Program website for more information about the pre-business admission option, including step-by-step directions for navigating the process.

Transfer applicants should visit the School of Business website to find more information about transfer admission into the Wisconsin BBA Program.

Engineering

Applicants interested in majoring in engineering must apply to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment and list an engineering major as their preferred interest. Applicants will be required to list a non-engineering major as their alternate choice area of interest. Our office reviews applicants holistically for admission to the university, as well as admission for direct entry into the College of Engineering. Course work in core academic subject areas weighs heavily for engineering applicants, and special attention will be given to a student’s rigor and performance in math and science courses. As an example, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses are a great way to explore the field of engineering, but they should not be taken in place of core course work like math, science, English, social studies, or foreign language.

Engineering applicants are encouraged to have their letter of recommendation written by a teacher, instructor, or professor in the area of math or science. Students who are able to explore the field of engineering through extracurricular activities, exploration courses, or job shadowing are encouraged to talk about this experience in their essays.

All students are expected to maintain the rigor and academic performance they were completing at the time of admission. A change in schedule or decline in grades may result in admission being revoked to the College of Engineering or the university as a whole. Students admitted to the College of Engineering will need to meet progression requirements as outlined by the College to maintain their direct admission to their specific engineering major.

Find more information on the College of Engineering website.

Dance

Students who choose to pursue a dance major at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, unique performance opportunities, and a diverse curriculum. The Dance Department is housed within the School of Education, where students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Science-Dance Degree (BS).

Students must submit an application to both the Office of Admissions and Recruitment and the Dance Department. Admission to the Dance Department is contingent upon admission to the university. Students may apply concurrently and are encouraged to choose the Early Action competition. Talent is certainly a consideration in admission decisions but is considered along with academic strength and preparation. Writing about your interest, involvement, and experience in dance is encouraged.

Find more information on the Dance Department website.

Music

The School of Music at the University of Wisconsin–Madison offers a range of opportunities for students to expand their talent, interest, and knowledge about music and music education. Students may choose to pursue a degree or a certificate, taking music classes taught by engaging faculty with diverse experiences and exceptional talent. The School of Music is housed within the College of Letters and Science and offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Science (BS). A music audition and application is required. Music Education is a program offered jointly by the School of Music and the School of Education. Students must first audition and be accepted to the School of Music as a music major and will complete teaching certification requirements through the School of Education.

When applying to the university and planning to major in music, students are encouraged to discuss their experience and interest in music in their essay. We encourage letters of recommendation that focus on a student’s academic strengths as well as talent. Admission to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to the university. Students may apply concurrently and are encouraged to choose the Early Action competition. Musical talent is certainly a consideration in admission decisions but is considered along with academic strength and preparation.

Find more information on the School of Music website.