Life happens and things change. We get that. Maybe you want to explore a new major not offered at your current campus. Or maybe you want to experience a bigger (or smaller) campus. Whatever the reason, a smooth transition is the goal.
This section covers the admission requirements for transfer students. If you’ve enrolled at a college/university and now wish to attend a UW System campus, you’re in the right spot.
Applying for Transfer Admission
Whether you’re looking to move from within the UW System or from another school, the following is what you’ll need to successfully apply for transfer admissions.
Step 1: The Application
The best and most convenient way to apply is through the online application. You can quickly apply to multiple UW campuses with one application.
Like to take your time? Download a paper version at apply.wisconsin.edu.
Step 2: Transcripts
High School Transcripts
High school transcripts are required unless the following circumstances apply to you. You are exempt from submitting high school transcripts if you are applying to the following institutions and meet the following requirements:
- UW-Extension and UW-Stout: If you have your bachelor’s degree.
- UW-Superior: If you have your associate degree.
- UW-Green Bay: If you have 15 or more transferable credits completed at the time you do your application.
- UW-La Crosse: If you have earned 60 or more transferable credits.
- UW-River Falls: If you have 24 or more credits.
- UW-Oshkosh: If you have 30 or more transferable credits.
To request your official high school transcript, simply contact your high school or go to the high school’s website to have an official transcript sent directly to the UW System campus you want to transfer to.
Please have your current college/university send your official transcript to the UW System school you’re applying to. Also send official college/university transcripts from any other campuses you have attended in the past.
Step 3: Test Scores
You’ll be notified if any standardized test scores are needed to complete your application.
Step 4: Application Fee
The application fee for all UW campuses with the exception of UW-Eau Claire ($25), UW-La Crosse ($25), and UW-Madison ($60) has been suspended for all undergraduate applicants effective as of December 11, 2020 for approximately the next two years.
Please note that an application fee isn’t required if you’re transferring from one UW campus to another UW campus as a degree-seeking student. Also, UW campuses will continue to accept self-reported financial needs-based application fee waivers.
OK, so that’s the nuts and bolts of transfer admissions in the UW System. If you have questions, feel free to contact UW HELP. Transfer priority dates and deadlines vary from campus to campus.
The UW System Guaranteed Transfer Admission Program provides “guaranteed” admission to students who start at any UW university or branch campus and directly transfer to another UW university. Students must fulfill certain credit, course, and grade point average requirements of the receiving institution in order to be eligible for the Guaranteed Transfer Admission Program.
You are guaranteed admission to the UW transfer university if you:
- Begin college as a freshman at a UW System campus
- Earn a minimum of 24 transferable degree credits
- Earn a minimum 2.0-grade point average [3.0 for UW-Madison]
Transfer GPAs are calculated using the formula/method of the four-year institution. Please consult the university website for more details.
The Guaranteed Transfer Program guarantees admission to the four-year institution only and not to the specific program or major. You must meet the same criteria (e.g., GPA, course requirements, etc.) for admission to specific majors/programs as continuing students at the four-year institution.
Students are encouraged to contact their receiving university for more information on the Guaranteed Transfer Admission Program as early as possible to begin planning for transfer.
Thinking about transferring to a University of Wisconsin campus or the Wisconsin Technical College System? Transfer Wisconsin can help with your transition.
Under the hood is the Transfer Information System. It improves the transfer experience for Wisconsin students and includes tools like the Credit Transfer Wizards, Transfer Guides, Articulation Agreements, and Transfer Plans.
Visit Transfer Wisconsin to learn how your credits will transfer.