Freshman Admissions

Every year, we are fortunate to receive thousands of applications from a diverse range of students who are incredibly bright, engaged, and passionate. They have challenged themselves and those around them to make a difference in the world. They know that the University of Wisconsin–Madison is their next step toward something extraordinary—a place where they can lead, make discoveries, tackle key issues, gain knowledge, and establish lifelong friendships.

Finding Future Badgers

Our holistic application process is designed to help us find these remarkable students, students who will add to the legacy of UW–Madison. We don't use formulas or charts and there is no required minimum test score, GPA, or class rank. We read each application thoroughly, one by one.

First, we focus on academic excellence—courses, grades, and test scores. Beyond academics, we look for qualities such as leadership, concern for others and the community, and achievement in the arts, athletics, and other areas. We're also seeking diversity in personal background and experience and your potential for contribution to the Wisconsin community.