Transfer Admission Requirements Spring 2021
Transfer Admission Guidelines
All applications receive a holistic review. Admission is competitive and selective. Successful applicants will have a consistently high or upward grade trend, strong cumulative GPA, rigorous coursework, and polished writing skills.
Some admission preferences will be given to two-year campus students. UW System students seeking major programs not available at their current institutions will also receive some preference.
Other Guidelines for Admission Consideration
The Office of Admissions and Recruitment determines admission to the University. Note that admission to the University does not guarantee admission to all majors or professional programs. Admission to the major or professional program may require a separate major declaration or an additional application for admission directly to competitive programs.
Required academic course preparation:
Credits: applicants must have or be in the process of completing 24 semester hours of transferable coursework, excluding AP and test credits.
Math: high school level algebra, plane geometry, and college preparatory math
World Language: 2 high school years or 2 college semesters of a single world language
Minimum GPA Requirements for Admission Consideration to Specific Majors
Students transferring for spring semester enrollment at UW-Madison must complete a minimum of 12 credits in residence at UW-Madison, as well as any remaining Pre-Business courses, during the spring term to be eligible to apply for fall enrollment in the Bachelor of Business Administration program (BBA). These requirements must be completed or in the process of being completed at the time of application to the BBA Program. In-progress courses must be completed by the end of the application term and cannot be deferred to a later term.
Students are advised to review eligibility and admission policies at the following link:
- Application Eligibility requirements:
Direct Transfer Admission: (Available for fall semester enrolling 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 years) 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 spring term application deadlines for both UW-Madison and the Wisconsin School of Business. Admission decisions are based on the completion of pre-business courses, cumulative GPA, resume, and essay. Admission is competitive due to enrollment limitations. Students will be notified of their acceptance in early summer.
For additional information on the transfer admission process:
Questions can be directed to our Pre-Business Advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-0471.
Students who have made an informed decision to pursue engineering and have not exceeded the 80 credit limit may apply for transfer admission to the College of Engineering. Individuals who have already earned an undergraduate degree are not eligible to apply.
The College of Engineering has dual degree programs with select four-year UW System campuses including UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-River Falls, and UW-Whitewater. Eligible dual degree applicants are not subject to the 80 credit limit.
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:
Soon after notification of admission to the College of Engineering, students will be invited to submit a supplemental application for progression in their intended engineering 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 Coordinator at email@example.com.
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 (https://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.
Although most program areas have been able to accommodate all qualified applicants, admission to teacher certification programs is limited and may be competitive. Selection is based on a combination of GPA and non-academic factors. The cumulative GPA is also calculated from the last 60 credits to determine eligibility. Criteria for admission consideration to specific limited enrollment programs are listed below. With the exception of Physical Education, these teacher certification programs admit students once per year and have an application deadline of February 1. Physical Education admits students twice per year with deadlines of April 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. Program application deadlines may be extended if spaces are still available after the initial deadline. Applicants not currently enrolled on the UW-Madison campus must also submit an application to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment (https://admissions.wisc.edu) following campus transfer deadlines; these are earlier than the program application 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, at http://guide.wisc.edu/undergraduate/education/.
Minimum 54 total credits; 20 credits of studio art; 6 credits of aesthetic requirement; 2.75 cumulative GPA; portfolio; written statement; program application. Prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the application year. The application period may be extended if spaces are still available after the initial deadline.
40 credits earned by the end of the fall semester of application year; essays; resume; letters of recommendation; program application. Completion of RP&SE 300 by the end of the 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; personal statement; program application. Admission is effective for fall and spring semesters, December 1 program application deadline for spring semester, April 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
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; program application; written statement of purpose; resume; letters of recommendation; 40 credits earned by the end of the fall semester of application year; completion of RP&SE 300 by end of summer of the application year. The application period may be extended if spaces are still available after the initial deadline.
Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin & Spanish
The undergraduate World Language Education Program will be suspended in the fall of 2020. A new graduate-level program is being developed for teacher certification in these languages. The last group of undergraduates will be selected for the professional program in the spring of 2020 and must apply by May 1, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. for consideration. Admission criteria listed below have been modified from previous years to accommodate students interested in applying for the final undergraduate cohort. This group includes freshmen beginning in the fall of 2019. Contact Education Academic Services, 608-262-1651, for additional information.
Students are admitted to the World Language Education undergraduate professional program once a year, effective in the fall. Selection is made the previous spring. Eligibility requires 2.75 cumulative GPA; 2.75 GPA in any major courses completed; resume; 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.
Note: It is expected that the World Language program will transition to a master’s degree. If so, admission to the undergraduate program will be suspended, possibly after the February 2020 application deadline. Admission criteria may be modified to accommodate students seeking admission prior to the suspension of the undergraduate program.
Admission is limited and competitive in Kinesiology: Exercise and Movement Science. Cumulative GPA also calculated from the last 60 credits to determine eligibility. Kinesiology: Exercise and Movement Science admits students once a year; Physical Education admits twice a year. More detailed information regarding application procedures and selection process for each program can be found in the School of Education section of the campus Guide, http://guide.wisc.edu/undergraduate/education/.
In response to national mandates, the AT program at UW-Madison is transitioning the professional preparation program to a new master’s degree. Applications are no longer being accepted to the undergraduate program.
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; personal statement; program application. Admission is effective for fall and spring semesters; April 1 deadline for fall admission, December 1 for spring semester admission. The application period may be extended if spaces are still available after the initial deadline.
Admission consideration requires a 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 the 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. 105 students are admitted each fall and spring semester. Transfers must complete one semester at UW-Madison to establish a UW-Madison GPA before admission and may apply during their first semester at UW-Madison for admission the following semester. 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/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/advice-for-freshmen-and-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. The minimum GPA required for the declaration of major depends on the desired degree program in music. Bachelor of Music degree programs (Performance and Education majors) requires a 2.75 cumulative GPA, 3.00 all-music GPA, and 2.50 theory/history GPA. The liberal arts music major with a 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 will behave been discontinued and thus are no longer available.
Students must apply for admission to the nursing program in addition to their application to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The application cycle runs once a year with the application opening in early December and closing mid-January for admission to the program the following fall semester. Applicants submit personal information, academic/educational history, work experience, and involvement activities, and several personal statements as part of the BS-Nursing program application. Following an eligibility review, all eligible applicants are required to participate in interviews. 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 160 spots in the incoming cohort. The School of Nursing faculty admissions committee employs a holistic review process that takes into account key factors such as academic performance and preparation, health care experience, leadership, extracurricular and service activities, diversity of experience and background, and personal statements when making admission decisions. The School of Nursing requires a minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.75 for application, though the average cumulative and prerequisite GPA of the admitted class trends at 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 the 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-traditional/.
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 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). The application deadline (for both the PharmCAS and supplemental application) will be in early February for admission in the following fall. For details, see https://pharmacy.wisc.edu/programs/pharmd/admissions/
Bachelor of Science, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Sixty credits of specified prerequisite course work and a major-specific application 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 early February for admission in the following fall. This application is in addition to the UW-Madison admission application. Transfer students may apply to enter both UW-Madison and the major for the same fall semester (providing all prerequisites will be met with transfer coursework), or, may apply to UW-Madison and start in a different school/college while completing the rest of their prerequisite coursework and apply to the major at a later time.
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 pharmacy.wisc.edu or contact the Student & Academic Affairs Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (608-262-6234).
Anticipated Application Deadlines/Priority Dates
Regular Decision Deadline: October 1, 2020
All admitted transfer students are required to attend SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) to register. SOAR will be offered in before spring enrollment. Information about SOAR dates will be provided after the offer of admission.
Admission requirements and dates may be modified because of changing enrollment demands.
Special Note for UW System Transfer Applicants (option)
The UW System undergraduate transfer policy states that priority for admission will be given to two-year branch campuses 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 two-year branch campuses. Students admitted under these agreements should follow the requirements of the agreement. The stipulations of these agreements are not included in this listing.