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. The primary admission consideration for reentry students is your academic record while previously enrolled at UW–Madison. If you are interested in returning to UW–Madison as an undergraduate student, please review the following requirements and expectations for readmission.


You may apply with the Reentry Application starting on the following dates, which are one year before the start of classes:

  • Summer/Fall Terms – September 1
  • Spring Term – February 1

Applying as a First Undergraduate Degree Reentry Student

If you are applying to earn a first undergraduate degree, please note the application deadline is the end of the second week of instruction. Decisions are completed on a rolling basis, but please allow up to six weeks for a decision.

To guarantee an early enrollment appointment for the term you are applying for, we encourage you to complete the application (and submit transcripts, if applicable) by the following deadlines:

  • Summer/Fall Terms - February 2
  • Spring Term - October 1

Applying as a Second Undergraduate Degree Reentry Student

If you are applying to earn a second undergraduate degree:

Term Application Deadline Decision Notification
Fall Term February 2 End of April
Spring Term October 1 End of December

Application Checklist

1. Apply Online

First Undergraduate Degree

Apply using the Reentry Application in the Student Center:

  • Students last enrolled Fall 2010 or later: Access application through My UW using your NetID
  • Students last enrolled prior to Fall 2010: Access application through My Info

Second Undergraduate Degree


Application Fee and Test Scores: As a reentry student, you do not need to pay the $44 application fee or submit standardized test scores.

Statement: Prepare your statement before applying. Your statement should include a brief description of why you are applying for reentry admission, your educational goals, and your activities since your last date of enrollment at UW–Madison.

2. Transcripts

If you attended another institution since you were last enrolled at UW–Madison, you must submit official transcripts for each college or university. 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) and bank letter. For complete details, visit the international admissions web site.

Deans Approval: Please note if you were previously dropped, suspended, or on academic probation, you must contact your Dean for readmission approval.

Study Abroad

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