Apply as a Second Degree Student

ELIGIBILITY REVIEW

All second degree applicants receive an initial eligibility review to determine that they are a second degree applicant.

Students whose first bachelor’s degree is from another institution must submit their official college transcript(s) with degree conferred for the eligibility review.

Students who are expected to complete their first bachelor’s degree before attending UW–Madison must submit an official letter from their current institution with degree and expected graduation date.

Students who will receive their first bachelor’s degree from UW–Madison are not required to submit this documentation for verification.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The fall and spring term applications open August 1. The following deadlines pertain to both domestic and international applicants. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on the noted deadline dates.

Period Application Deadline Decision Notification
Spring  Term October 1 End of December
Summer  Term (Accelerated BSN only) October 1 End of December
Fall Term March 1 End of May

For technical issues with the application, please contact UW HELP at 800-442-6459 or uwhelp@uwex.edu. If you have any further questions or problems with this process, email onwisconsin@admissions.wisc.edu.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

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APPLICATION FEE

Second undergraduate degree-seeking students who previously attended UW–Madison as an undergraduate do not need to pay the application fee.

Those who never previously attended UW–Madison as an undergraduate student must submit a $60.00 fee with their application.

TEST SCORES

Scores from either the ACT or the SAT are not required of second undergraduate degree-seeking students.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, unless they have completed and received a passing grade in a college-level English composition course at a US college or university. Our TOEFL test code is 1846. TOEFL must be submitted electronically from the testing service. We do not accept the IELTS electronically. Please have a paper copy of your results sent to our office through the mail. If you feel that you qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver, please send an email to our office. Waiver requests will not be evaluated prior to receipt of both the admissions application and transcripts, as a counselor will use them to determine waiver eligibility.

ESSAYS

We ask you to answer the following questions on your application, each in the form of an essay.

  • Tell us about your academic and personal achievements. What have you learned from your successes and/or challenges, and how will this influence you as you pursue your college education?
  • Tell us why you would like to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition, please include why you are interested in studying the major(s) you have selected. If you selected undecided, please describe your areas of possible academic interest.

TRANSCRIPTS

If you completed your first undergraduate degree at UW–Madison, you do not need to resubmit your high school transcript or a college transcript for course work completed at UW–Madison. If you completed coursework at a university other than UW–Madison, you must submit official transcripts from each college or university. The transcripts should include all college-level course work completed to date.

If you completed your first undergraduate degree at an institution other than UW–Madison, you must submit official transcripts for each college or university. The transcripts should include all college-level coursework completed to date. You must also submit your high school transcript(s).

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

We require you to submit one letter of recommendation written by someone who can attest to your academic ability, such as a faculty member or school advisor. Remember to have a discussion with your chosen recommender first to see if they are willing and able to provide a letter.

We encourage applicants who have been away from formal classroom teaching for an extended period to request a letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to their academic potential, such as an employer (preferably a supervisor or manager), a program or departmental trainer, or some other individual in an official instructional capacity.

Your recommender can use our online recommendation form. Recommendations that are mailed to our office must include the applicant’s full name, birth date, and campus ID number (if known).

IMPORTANT SCHOOL/COLLEGE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

You may not apply as an undecided second degree applicant. Additionally, your application is reviewed for your first choice major only. Second choice majors are not considered in the review process.

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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences accepts second degree applicants.

Majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wisconsin School of Business

The Wisconsin School of Business does not accept second degree applicants.

School of Education

The School of Education accepts second degree applicants.

  • Art Education: If you are applying as an Education Special Student for certification in art education, please apply as a second degree-seeking student with art education as your intended major.

Majors in the School of Education

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering does not accept second degree applicants

School of Human Ecology

The School of Human Ecology accepts second degree applicants.

  • Interior Architecture: Please note that students are admitted as Pre-Interior Architecture. Please refer to the IA Admission & Information site for more information.

Majors in the School of Human Ecology

College of Letters & Science

Students applying to a program within the College of Letters & Science must first receive approval from the Undergraduate Academic Deans’ Services. Please refer to the Second Undergraduate degree site for more information.

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing accepts second degree applicants. Please note that there are two applications for the following programs—one for the Office of Admissions and Recruitment and one for the School of Nursing.

  • Accelerated BSN: Second degree applicants to the Accelerated BSN program may only apply for the summer term. For more information on the School of Nursing application for Accelerated BSN, please refer to https://nursing.wisc.edu/undergraduate/accelerated-bsn/.
  • Traditional BSN: Second degree applicants to the Traditional BSN program may only apply for the fall term and cannot be admitted as Pre-Nursing. For more information on the School of Nursing application for the Traditional BSN, please refer to https://nursing.wisc.edu/undergraduate/bsn-2/.

Applying to the accelerated BSN program disqualifies a candidate from also applying to the traditional BSN program during the same calendar year.

Majors in the School of Nursing

School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy accepts second degree applicants.

Majors in the School of Pharmacy