Current Student Information
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Deadlines for Submitted Transcripts
After completing a course off campus, request that an official transcript be mailed to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
If the transcript is received by September 15, the transfer credit will be applied to your record before spring course enrollment. If the transcript is received in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment by February 15, the course work will be applied to your record before fall course enrollment.
Identifying a Course Equivalent
The Transfer Information System (TIS) lists transfer equivalencies for most freshman and sophomore-level courses at institutions in the University of Wisconsin System and Wisconsin Technical College System. If you plan to take a course at one of these institutions, you can refer to TIS to see how the course will transfer to UW–Madison prior to enrolling in the course.
If you plan to take a course at an out-of-state institution, check our Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) for the school you plan to attend. If your school is listed, you will see how courses from this school transfer to UW–Madison.
If you plan to enroll in a summer course that is not pre-equated on TIS or TED, you may request course equivalencies via the Course Equivalency Service (CES) between March 1 and May 15. We are unable to provide course equivalency information outside of these dates, but you may refer to our Guidelines for Choosing Non UW–Madison Courses when CES is closed.
After using TIS, TED, or the Summer Course Equivalency Service to establish whether a course is transferable, you may need to consult with your academic advisor to determine whether the transferable course work will satisfy particular degree or major requirements.
Transfer Credit Policy
Credit is awarded for college-level course work completed at institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Foreign institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country. Courses must be similar in nature, level, and content to a course in our undergraduate curriculum and applicable to one of our academic programs. Continuing education courses, graduate-level courses, and courses that are remedial, technical, vocational, or doctrinal in nature are not transferable. Engineering students should request transfer credit from the Engineering Student Services office at 1150 Engineering Hall.
If a course is transferable based on the criteria listed above, it will transfer either as a direct equivalent to a UW–Madison course or as elective credit within the respective department. Both direct equivalents and elective credits can satisfy general education, degree, and major requirements. For example:
- An introduction to microeconomics course taken at another institution would transfer as a direct equivalent to UW–Madison's Economics 101 Microeconomics.
- A course such as the Geography of Hawaii taken at a college or university in Hawaii would receive elective credit in geography because UW–Madison does not offer a similar course.
Once your transfer credit has been applied to your record, we will email you with information on how to access it via the My UW Web portal. If you wish to appeal the evaluation decision, submit a written request with an explanation of the change you desire and your rationale to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. You must include a detailed course syllabus with your appeal.
Current UW–Madison students sometimes choose to take courses at other higher education institutions while pursuing their undergraduate degrees here. We do award transfer credit for undergraduates who take courses elsewhere since students do take courses at other colleges or universities during their summer break. Others choose to leave for a semester, or more, to attend another institution before returning to complete a degree at UW–Madison.
Taking Courses at Two Institutions Concurrently
UW–Madison schools and colleges have rules regarding concurrent enrollment. If you are considering taking a course at another institution while you are enrolled at UW–Madison, check first with your academic advisor or dean. This also applies to online courses.
Reentry and Study Abroad
If you plan to leave UW–Madison for a semester or more to take courses elsewhere (either at a US or foreign institution), you will need to submit a reentry application prior to returning to UW–Madison. Get more information on reentry admissions and transfer credit for reentry students. Students who study abroad through a UW–Madison sponsored program do not need to apply for reentry admission.