How to Apply

Review the required application materials for:

Apply Online

Students can apply using either the UW System Application or the Common Application.

UW–Madison does not prefer one application over the other. Please choose only one application and use only that application all the way through to submission.

Please note that we do not start processing fall term applications until September 1.

Application Deadlines

The fall term application opens August 1, and the spring term application opens February 1. The following deadlines pertain to both domestic and international applicants.

Freshmen

Decision Plan Application Deadline Material Receipt Deadline Decision
Spring 2017 Regular Decision October 3 October 10 End of December
Fall 2017 Early Action November 1 November 8 End of January
Fall 2017 Regular Decision February 1 February 8 End of March

Transfer Students

Decision Plan Application Deadline Material Receipt Deadline Decision
Spring 2017 Regular Decision October 12 October 19 End of December
Fall 2017 Regular Decision March 1 March 8 End of April

*Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on the noted deadline dates.

Freshman Fall Decision Plans

Students who apply by November 1 and complete their application in a reasonable time will receive a decision by the end of January. Those who apply by February 1 and complete their application in a reasonable time will receive a decision by the end of March. Please note: It may take 5-7 business days after receipt of an item to update the status to "Received" in your Student Center. Applicants are notified by email if they are missing items. To ensure you receive important email notifications add the email address onwisconsin@admissions.wisc.edu to your approved senders list.