We are here for you remotely
While the university has moved to remote instruction and limited campus operations for the time being, we continue to serve our prospective students and families remotely. Contact us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time. We appreciate your patience as well as your interest in UW–Madison.
Spring 2021 Update
Beginning with the start of the spring semester, UW–Madison will expand its systematic testing program to ensure that all students who live on campus, attend classes, or utilize campus spaces will be tested twice each week. Regular testing will be required for employees working on campus as well.
Campus officials also announced plans to continue with a hybrid model of instruction for the spring 2021 semester, offering a mix of in-person and virtual classes.
Courses with 50 or more students will remain virtual. Smaller courses with an in-person component will be held in classrooms large enough to allow for physical distancing. The university will continue to require face coverings in all indoor and outdoor spaces for students, employees and visitors.
Campus Events Update
In response to COVID-19 and for the safety of our students, faculty, staff, community, and guests, we are offering only virtual visits and no in-person events at this time. We will continue to offer a full virtual suite of events throughout the summer and fall. We will continue to monitor the situation and revisit the possibility of offering in-person events. Should we decide to offer in-person events, we will update Visit Bucky, our events registration site, and our website with any new information. Learn more about what UW–Madison has to offer you no matter where you are by checking out our virtual tour and virtual events. For information and updates related to returning to campus, please see UW–Madison’s COVID-19 Response website.
Update on ACT/SAT Requirements for Admission
In light of the limited availability of ACT and SAT testing because of COVID-19, the University of Wisconsin–Madison received authorization from the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents to waive the requirement for applicants to submit an ACT or SAT test score as a part of their application to the university through the spring 2023 term. During this time, including scores from either the ACT or the SAT with your application is optional, and you will not be disadvantaged in our evaluation process if you choose to not include these scores for consideration in your application. You can indicate your choice regarding including test scores at the time of application.
More information can be found by viewing the news release and our ACT/SAT Score FAQs.
For the most up-to-date information related to I-20s, F-1 status, and Fall 2020, please refer to International Student Services’ (ISS) COVID-19 Updates page. ISS has also created a helpful flowchart for new students to navigate the federal guidance from July 24.
Students who are already in the US with an active SEVIS record may enroll in in-person or remote classes but must maintain full-time enrollment or get ISS approval for a Reduced Course Load (RCL).
Newly-admitted and reentry students for Fall 2020 who are currently outside the US will have three options:
1) Enroll in at least one in-person class to obtain a visa and enter the US. Please keep in mind that availability of visa appointments varies by country, and several Travel Restrictions are still in place.
2) Enroll in online/remote classes from outside the US and email email@example.com to request an adjustment of the program start date on their I-20 to Spring 2021.
3) Reapply for a future term.