Transfer Admission Requirements Spring 2018
Transfer Admission Guidelines
Some admission preference will be given to UW Colleges students. UW System students seeking major programs not available at their current institutions will also receive some preference.
Applicants must have or be in the process of completing 24 semester hours of transferable coursework, excluding AP and test credits.
Required math credits include high school level algebra, plane geometry, and college preparatory math.
Required foreign Language credits include 2 high school years or 2 college semesters of the same language.
Anticipated Application Deadlines/Priority Dates
Transfer Student Deadlines and Notifications
Spring Regular Decision Deadline: Oct. 3
Notification: By the end of December
For Doctor of Pharmacy deadlines, go to the School of Pharmacy.
Admitted transfers register at the same time as continuing students if they are admitted before continuing students receive their registration appointment times. Transfer students admitted after this time will register during open enrollment.
Transfer students admitted after this time will register during open enrollment.
Admission requirements and dates may be modified because of changing enrollment demands.
Special Note for UW System Transfer Applicants
The UW System undergraduate transfer policy states that priority for admission will be given to UW Colleges transfers and other UW System transfers from campuses where a major is not available, subject to the limits of a campus’s enrollment target. All UW System campuses have Guaranteed Transfer agreements with the UW Colleges. Students admitted under these agreements should follow the requirements of the agreement. The stipulations of these agreements are not included in this listing.
Minimum GPA and Other Guidelines for Admission Consideration
All applications receive a comprehensive review. Admission decisions are based on GPA, number of credits earned, rigor and breadth of curriculum, and other predictors of success. Transfer students are likely to be admitted if they have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 or higher in college transfer courses and are in good standing at the institution they are currently attending or have attended.
Any majors not listed here may differ in course sequence and grade point average requirements. Please consult other majors’ departmental websites for more detailed information.
NOTE: Grade point averages noted below refer only to requirements for currently enrolled UW-Madison students interested in applying to the respective programs. They are not qualifications for assured admission to the University.
Students transferring to UW-Madison for the spring semester must complete a minimum of 12 credits in residence at UW-Madison, as well as any remaining Pre-Business courses to be eligible for admission for the following fall semester to the Bachelor of Business Administration program (BBA). Students will have two opportunities to apply to the BBA program as long as fewer than 86 credits are earned. These requirements must be completed or in the process of being completed at the time of application to the BBA Program: https://wsb.wisc.edu/programs-degrees/undergraduate-bba/admissions/uw-madison-students/check-eligibility.
Direct Transfer Admission: (Available for fall semester transfers only)
Students may apply for direct transfer admission into the BBA program at the same time they apply for admission to UW-Madison if they are transferring from a UW-System school (both two and four year) or one of the Wisconsin Technical Colleges. Students not enrolled at a UW-System School or a Wisconsin Technical college are not eligible for direct transfer admission and must complete 12 credits in residence at UW-Madison before applying to the BBA program in the spring semester. Please note the application deadlines for both the UW-Madison and Wisconsin School of Business. Students will have two opportunities to apply to the BBA program as long as fewer than 86 credits are earned. Admission decisions are based on the completion of pre-business courses, cumulative GPA, and non-academic strengths such as leadership, community service, and other life experiences. Admission is competitive due to enrollment limitations. Students will be notified of their acceptance in early summer: https://wsb.wisc.edu/programs-degrees/undergraduate-bba/admissions#admissions-path-3-reveal.
Specific information on the application to the WI BBA is available at this link: https://wsb.wisc.edu/programs-degrees/undergraduate-bba/admissions/uw-madison-students/prepare-application-materials.
Students who have made an informed decision to pursue engineering and have not earned more than 80 transferable semester credits may apply for transfer admission to the College of Engineering. Individuals who have already earned an undergraduate degree are not eligible to apply.
Transfer students must specify which one of the 12 undergraduate engineering programs they are intending on their university application. The Office of Admissions and Recruitment evaluates all transfer applications to the College of Engineering and selects students for direct admission in their intended engineering program. Admission is selective and competitive. To be considered for program admission, students must meet the UW-Madison transfer admission requirements and have satisfied as many of the requirements as possible shown in the General College Requirements for Off-Campus Students: https://www.engr.wisc.edu/app/uploads/2016/01/General-College-Requirements-for-Off-Campus-Transfer-Students.pdf.
Soon after notification of admission to the College of Engineering, students who have satisfied the General College Requirements for Off-Campus Students before transfer will be invited to submit a supplemental application to their intended program. If the application is approved, they may continue in their program needing to fulfill only the graduation requirements after transfer.
Students who do not fulfill the progression requirements before transfer must do so after transfer and within two semesters in residency. They must now also meet engineering major GPA benchmarks: https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/academic-advising/first-year-undergraduate-students/progression-requirements/. They may then continue fulfilling graduation requirements for their program.
For students admitted to other schools and colleges at UW-Madison, admission to the College of Engineering is a limited enrollment option. Because admission to all programs is competitive and selective, admission is not guaranteed. See the “Cross-Campus Student” section: https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/academic-advising/cross-campus-students/.
For a more detailed explanation of the transfer admission process to the College of Engineering, see the website for off-campus transfer students: https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/academic-advising/transfer-students/. Questions should be directed to the Transfer Admissions and Advising Coordinator, 608-262-2473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requires an audition for admission into the Dance Degree program. Students must audition in the year prior to admission to enter with a Dance degree designation. Contact the Dance department (www.dance.wisc.edu) for audition dates and additional information. 2.5 cumulative GPA required. Cumulative GPA also calculated from the last 60 credits for applicants with more than 60 credits.
Admission is limited in most teacher certification programs and may be competitive. Selection is based on a combination of GPA and non-academic factors. Cumulative GPA is also calculated from the last 60 credits to determine eligibility. Criteria for admission consideration for limited enrollment programs are listed below. With the exception of Physical Education, these teacher certification programs admit students once a year and have an application deadline of February 1. Physical Education admits students twice a year with deadlines of March 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. Application deadlines may be extended if spaces are still available after the initial deadline. For more detailed information regarding application procedures and the selection process for each program area, see the School of Education section of the campus Guide, http://guide.wisc.edu/.
Minimum 54 total credits; 20 credits of studio art; 6 credits of aesthetic requirement; 2.75 cumulative GPA; basic skills test scores; portfolio; written statement; program application. Prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the application year.
Either minimum 2.5 GPA or minimum basic skills test scores; 40 credits earned by the end of fall semester of application year; essays; resume; letters of recommendation; program application. Completion of RP&SE 300 by end of summer of application year is required for students pursuing Elementary Education/Special Education dual major option.
Physical Education Teacher Certification Program
Minimum 40 credits earned by the end of the fall semester of the application year; 2.75 cumulative GPA; completed prerequisites; basic skills test scores; personal statement; program application. Admission effective for fall and spring semesters, November 1 program application deadline for spring semester, March 1 deadline for fall admission. Deadlines may be extended if spaces are still available after the initial application deadline.
Secondary Education: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
English, Math, Science, Social Studies – UW-Madison does not offer undergraduate teacher education programs in these subject areas. Instead, teacher certification is now accomplished at the graduate level, while obtaining a Master’s degree through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, http://ci.education.wisc.edu/ci/home. Students must have completed an undergraduate degree with course work in the relevant subject (usually a major) and will apply during the previous academic year. The deadline for priority consideration is October 15. See http://www.uwteach.org/ for more information.
2.5 cumulative GPA; basic skills test scores; program application; written statement of purpose; resume; letters of recommendation; 40 credits earned by the end of fall semester of application year; completion of RP&SE 300 by end of summer of application year. The application period may be extended if spaces are still available after the initial deadline.
World Language: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish
Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish – Minimum 54 credits; 2.75 cumulative GPA; minimum credits in major (Latin also requires 15 upper-level major credits in residence on the UW-Madison campus); 2.75 GPA in major courses; basic skills test scores; resume; documentation of completed immersion experience (except Latin); letters of recommendation; video or audio recording in the target language (applicants to Latin will record in English); program application. The application period may be extended if spaces are still available after the initial deadline.
Admission is limited and competitive in Athletic Training and Kinesiology. Cumulative GPA also calculated from last 60 credits to determine eligibility. Athletic Training and Kinesiology admit students once a year; Physical Education admits twice a year. More detailed information regarding application procedures and the selection process for each program can be found in the School of Education section of the campus Guide, http://guide.wisc.edu/.
Minimum 54 credits; 2.75 cumulative GPA; completed prerequisites; autobiographical sketch; personal statement; letters of recommendation; program application, 20 hours of experience in at least 2 athletic training settings – minimum of 10 hours in each location; Program application deadline of February 1.
Kinesiology: Exercise and Movement Science
Minimum 54 credits; 2.75 cumulative GPA; completed prerequisites; autobiographical sketch; personal statement; letters of recommendation; program application. Program application deadline of February 1.
Physical Education (Teacher Certification) Option
Minimum 40 credits earned by the end of the application semester; 2.75 cumulative GPA; completed prerequisites; basic skills test scores; personal statement; program application. Admission effective for fall and spring semesters; March 1 deadline for fall admission, November 1 for spring semester admission. The application period may be extended if spaces are still available after the initial deadline.
Admission consideration requires minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA; Minimum 54 credits earned by the end of the semester the application is filed; completion of RP&SE 300 by end of program application semester. Program application deadlines are March 1 for fall semester admission, November 1 for spring semester. Cumulative GPA also calculated from last 60 credits to determine eligibility. Note: Program admission may become limited and/or take place once a year. See the School of Education section of the campus Guide, http://guide.wisc.edu/ for more detailed information regarding application criteria, procedures and the selection process.
Admission is competitive and is based on a variety of academic and nonacademic factors. 120 students are admitted each fall and spring semester. Transfers must complete one semester at UW-Madison to establish a UW-Madison GPA prior to applying to the major. Students must have earned a minimum of 24 credits either at UW-Madison or via transfer credit from another college degree program, and meet journalism course prerequisites before starting the Journalism major. For more information, visit https://journalism.wisc.edu/undergraduate/admissions/information-for-transfer-students/
Journalism majors may not double-major in areas outside the College of Letters & Science, including Art, Business, and majors in Human Ecology such as Design Studies, as this would entail multiple degrees; Journalism students may complete certificates instead in fields outside L&S if available.
Requires an audition completed in the year prior to admission. See http://www.music.wisc.edu/undergraduate-admissions/ for audition dates, application deadlines, and additional information. Prospective transfer music students should transfer to UW-Madison as early as possible in their degree program, preferably applying and auditioning during the first year. Transfer students are admitted as preliminary music students and must complete all required core academic music courses and at least one semester at UW-Madison to establish a UW-Madison GPA before being admitted to a specific major/degree program in the School of Music. Minimum GPA required for declaration of major depends on desired degree program in music. Bachelor of Music degree programs (Performance and Education majors) require 2.75 cumulative GPA, 3.00 all-music GPA, and 2.50 theory/history GPA. The liberal arts music major with performance option requires minimum GPAs of 2.00: cumulative, all-music, and theory/history. The theory and history options within the liberal arts music major are under review and may be discontinued or changed. During this time, we are not admitting new students to these options.
Students must apply for admission to the nursing program in addition to their application to University of Wisconsin-Madison. The application cycle runs once a year with the application opening on December 1 and due February 1 for admission to the program the following fall semester. Applicants submit personal information, academic/educational history, activities and accomplishments, and several personal statements as part of the BS-Nursing program application. While we only admit to the nursing program for the fall term, transfer students can apply for spring admission to UW-Madison and come to campus as a pre-nursing student. Admission to the nursing major is competitive and selective. In a typical year, 350-400 students apply for approximately 150 spots in the incoming cohort. While the School of Nursing has a minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.75 for application, students who are most competitive for admission typically carry an average cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.5.
In order to be considered for admission to the nursing program, the following academic requirements must be met: (1) complete a minimum of 54 degree credits of previous college work by the end of the spring semester prior to the fall term of application, (2) with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 in all college-level coursework at the time of application and at the end of the spring semester prior to fall nursing admission; (3) complete 7 prerequisite courses with a combined GPA of at least 2.75 and least a C (2.0) in each of the individual seven prerequisite courses (Note: four of the seven prerequisites must be complete by the end of the fall semester prior to admission; three of the seven prerequisites can be in-progress during the spring semester prior to admission). All prerequisites must be completed by the end of spring semester to remain eligible for fall admission. To review the prerequisite courses and additional information on the admissions process, please visit https://nursing.wisc.edu/undergraduate/bsn/
The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program meets the educational requirement for licensure as a registered pharmacist. The B.S. Pharmacology & Toxicology program, which does NOT meet the educational requirement for licensure as a registered pharmacist, is also offered.
Seventy-two credits of specified pre-pharmacy course work, and other items, including the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores and a variety of non-academic criteria, are required for consideration. Admission is competitive because there are many more applicants than available spaces in the program. A number of factors are considered. To better serve our Pharm.D. applicants, the University of Wisconsin–Madison participates in PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service). In addition to PharmCAS, there is a school specific supplemental application. The application deadline (for both the PharmCAS and supplemental application) will be in early January 2018 for fall 2018 admission. For details, see https://pharmacy.wisc.edu/programs/pharmd/admissions/
Bachelor of Science, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Sixty credits of specified prerequisite course work, and other items, are required for consideration. Admission is competitive for this junior-senior curricular sequence. A number of factors are considered; academic achievement is the central criterion. For details, see https://pharmacy.wisc.edu/programs/pharm-tox/admissions/selection-criteria/. All materials must be submitted by the deadline of February 1, 2018 for fall 2018 admission.
Admittance to both programs is for fall semester entrance only. Please note that application deadlines and other information are subject to change. For the most current information and/or application materials, please consult our website at https://pharmacy.wisc.edu/programs/pharm-tox/ or contact the Student & Academic Affairs Office via email (https://pharmacy.wisc.edu/contact-information/) or phone