Apply as a Second Degree Student

SCHOOL/COLLEGE SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY 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.
  • Traditional BSN: Second degree applicants to the Traditional BSN program may only apply for the fall term and cannot be admitted as Pre-Nursing.

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 

ELIGIBILITY REVIEW

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

These materials are reflected on your My UW Student Center Task List. Please read the following information outlining what application materials are required based on your situation:

  • If you earned you bachelor’s degree is from an institution other than UW–Madison, you must submit your official college transcript with degree conferred.
  • If you earned your bachelor’s degree is from an institution outside of the United States, you must submit your degree certificate with date awarded and an English .
  • If you expect to complete your first bachelor’s degree before attending UW–Madison, you must submit an official letter from your current institution with degree and expected graduation date.
  • If you currently attend or have received your degree from UW–Madison, you are not required to submit any 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.

HOW TO APPLY

You must apply as a Second Degree Student using the UW System Application. Please note that you will be asked if you are applying as the following options under the University of Wisconsin–Madison section of the application. This selection as well as the review of your application and admission to the university, is specific to your academic work at UW–Madison.

  • Transfer (never enrolled as undergraduate at UW–Madison)
  • Reentry (no undergraduate coursework since enrollment at UW–Madison)
    • Please select this option is you are a current UW–Madison student or graduated from UW–Madison and have not taken undergraduate coursework after attending UW–Madison.
  • Reentry (some undergraduate coursework since enrollment at UW–Madison)
    • Please select this option if you have taken coursework after having attended UW–Madison.

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.

 

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 directly from the testing agency to our office through the mail. Be sure to give additional time for this process.

If you feel that you qualify for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver based upon the requirements above, please submit all required transcripts to our office. Once your transcripts are received in our office (are no longer displayed on your to-do list in your Student Center), we will determine your waiver eligibility.  Waivers will not be processed prior to receipt of both the admissions application and transcripts.

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).