Transfer Admissions

Each year we welcome nearly 2,000 transfer students to the UW–Madison. These students decided to join us for a variety of reasons and from a wide range of colleges and universities. But when they arrive on campus, they immediately become a member of the Wisconsin community. In fact, one in five UW–Madison students begins as a transfer student.

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 GPA. We read each application thoroughly, one by one.

First, we focus on academic excellence—courses and grades. 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.

Who is a transfer student?

A transfer student is anyone who has attended another college or university after graduating from high school and wishes to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at UW–Madison.

In order to be eligible for transfer admission, you must have completed at least 24 transferable semester hours of college-level work. AP, A-Level, IB, and CLEP cannot be used toward the 24 transferable credit requirement. We do not admit freshman-level transfer students.

We realize that transfer students often have specific questions. If you don't find what you're looking for here, please feel free to contact us by email or phone.

International students can find more information here.