Apply as an Online Undergraduate Student

Application & Materials Deadlines

Term First Day of Class Application Opens Application & Materials Deadline
Spring Term 2021 January 19, 2021 August 1, 2020 November 15* 2020
Summer  Term 2021 May 17, 2021** December 1, 2020 April 1*, 2021
Fall Term 2021 September 8, 2021 February 1, 2021 July 15*, 2020

Admissions decisions for UW–Madison Online are released on a rolling basis.

*If the deadline lands on a weekend, it is extended to the next business day.

**This date is for the June 15 start. Summer term has multiple start dates and deadlines vary for each.

ACADEMIC COURSE PREPARATION

Students who are the best fit for this program will have completed college-level coursework in the liberal studies to include English composition, math, science, humanities, literature, social sciences, and world language.

When reviewing applications, we pay particular attention to the college-level course work you have completed, and specifically:

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA). Competitive not only for admission to the university, but for your intended major as well. Please note: GPA calculations will include all grades received for repeated courses; the initial grade, as well as grades received in second and subsequent attempts will be included in the GPA calculation.
  • Rigor of course work. Appropriate for continued study at UW–Madison and increasing in difficulty.
  • Course breadth. English composition, math, science, humanities, literature, social sciences, and world language.
  • Grade trends and patterns. Steady or improving trends and patterns that show consistency across all academic areas.
  • Required courses. Applicants must have completed one year each of high school algebra, plane geometry, and college-preparatory math, and two high school years or two college semesters of a single foreign language.

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD

Your academic performance in high school will be more or less important to us depending on how many college credits you have earned. Generally speaking, students who are in their first two years of college-level coursework will have their high school records more carefully analyzed. The more college-level work you have completed, the less we will rely on high school performance criteria such as rigor of coursework, academic GPA, grade trends, and class rank.

Regardless of the number of college credits earned, your high school transcript (supplemented in some cases by your college transcript) must show that you completed the following required course work:

  • Algebra: One year in high school
  • Plane Geometry: One year in high school (cannot be modified, basic, or informal)
  • College-Preparatory Math: One year in high school, or one college course at the level of Algebra 2 or beyond
  • Single Foreign Language: Two years of the same language in high school or two semesters of the same language in college*

* Students who have studied a foreign language using only Rosetta Stone have not fulfilled the foreign language requirement.
American Sign Language (ASL) may be accepted to meet the foreign language requirement for admission if it is taken through the student’s school and is reflected on an official transcript.

Required UW–Madison Online Application Materials

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ADMISSIONS APPLICATION

Transfer students can apply to UW–Madison Online using the Common Application for Transfer Students.

APPLICATION FEE

The application fee is $60.00 US and is non-refundable.

Electronic payment is preferred. If you apply using the UW System Application, the fee can be paid by check or money order, drawn on a US bank and payable to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Send the check or money order to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Please include the applicant’s name with payment. Do not send cash.

Application fee waivers are available for applicants with financial hardship. Students in need of a fee wavier should print this form and submit it to their school official for verification of hardship and signature. Send the completed form to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

ESSAY

As part of our holistic review, we refer to the essay that you submit to understand more about you. What you choose to share gives us an idea of who you are and what you want to accomplish as part of our community. Tell us about you and your unique story to help us know you beyond your GPA and test scores. Your essay might also be used for campus program and scholarship review.

You will need to answer the following prompt:

  • Tell us why you would like to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition, please include why you are interested in studying Personal Finance.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

We require official high school transcripts, which need to be sent to us by your school. We review your high school record to check for proof of graduation, the completion of core preparation requirements, and to learn more about your educational background. High school grades will play a more important role in the admission review for applicants who have completed fewer transferable college credits. If you earned your General Educational Development (GED) certificate or a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), submit your official score report in addition to all high school or home school transcripts.

Request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you attended. The transcripts should include all college-level coursework completed to date, including your current term in progress, and (if applicable) college classes taken while in high school.

Electronic transcripts must be sent through a secure document sending service to etranscripts@admissions.wisc.edu. Transcripts sent through email, as an attachment, will not be accepted as official. Paper transcripts sent to our office must bear an official school seal or be printed on the school’s custom watermarked/security paper.

Students applying from outside the United States can find country-specific official transcript requirements here.

ONE 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 teacher, school counselor, or faculty member. Students with an interest in engineering are encouraged to obtain a letter of recommendation from a math or science teacher. 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.

Recommendations that are mailed to our office must include the applicant’s full name, birth date, and campus ID number (if known). Additionally, letters of recommendation from a school staff member may also be sent through Naviance. Please note that letters of recommendation expire after one year from the date it is written.