Term First Day of Class Application Opens Application  Deadline
Spring 2022 January 25, 2022 August 1, 2021 December 3, 2021 (materials deadline December 10, 2021)
Summer 2022 May 23, 2022 December 1, 2021 April 1, 2022
Fall 2022 September 7, 2022 February 1, 2022 TBD**

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.

**The fall 2022 application deadline will be determined on or before February 1, 2022.


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 world language.


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 World Language: Two years of the same language in high school or two semesters of the same language in college*

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


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


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.


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 your intended area of study.


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.

In order for a transcript to be official, a paper transcript sent to our office must bear an official school seal or be printed on the school’s custom watermarked/security paper. Official or unofficial transcripts sent by a student, family member, or counselor via email, will NOT be accepted. They will NOT meet the course and grade requirement and should not be sent. Electronic transcripts must be submitted through a secure, approved document sending service such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, SCOIR, Credentials Solutions, Naviance, Common Application, E-Scrip Safe, Xello, or Scribsoft to

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


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.