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 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central time. We appreciate your patience as well as your interest in UW–Madison.
Fall 2020 Update – Smart Restart
On June 17, Chancellor Blank shared with the entire university community the university’s plans to reopen this fall. The University of Wisconsin–Madison will welcome students back to campus as scheduled for the start of fall classes on September 2. To ensure a “Smart Restart” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are developing a comprehensive plan for resuming campus activities. Be sure to check the Smart Restart website for additional updates.
Read the Chancellor’s full statement.
Campus Events Update
In response to COVID-19 and for the safety of our students, faculty, staff, community, and guests, we are currently 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 Smart Restart website.
We understand that you may need more time to make your decision to attend UW–Madison. With that in mind, freshmen will have three options surrounding our May 1 deadline: you may accept your offer, decline your offer, or submit a request for an extension. If you ask for more time, you will have until June 1 to make your decision. If you request an extension, the extension request will also be applied to your housing contract. Transfer students must accept or decline their admission offer by June 1 and must complete their housing contract by May 1. Students who are admitted from the wait list will have 14 days from their admission to accept their place in the class.
Should situations change after confirming your enrollment, please contact our office so that we may assist you.
University Housing is working closely with campus leadership and health experts to reopen the residence halls this fall and provide a memorable Wisconsin experience for residents. For the latest fall updates, students can visit the Housing website. If students are no longer attending UW–Madison in the fall, they should contact the Housing Assignment Office at AssignMe@housing.wisc.edu as soon as possible about canceling their Housing contract.
Regarding Final Transcripts and Grades
We encourage you to continue to engage in learning as you complete your senior year or current semester at another college or university. It is in your best interest to take advantage of any and all resources your school is providing for virtual or alternative learning to best prepare you for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter as a student at UW–Madison. However, we understand the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19 and its impact on our admitted students and their schools. Though new freshmen students intending to enroll in the fall will need to have satisfied their high school’s graduation requirements, we will be understanding of the variety of ways in which schools decide to wrap up the current academic year and will not disadvantage students based on these circumstances.
Regarding Required Testing
We continue to monitor information from College Board and ACT regarding the testing schedule and the developing situation due to COVID-19. In light of new information regarding the SAT and availability of testing, the university is determining how to proceed. Once a decision regarding test scores for admission is available, we will update our website and contact our prospective students with more information. Students should complete our Request for More Information Form to ensure they are included on this and other emails going forward.
Freshman Admission Deadline Extensions
Our preferred method for submitting official documents is via the Common Application, as we receive them by the next business day. However, due to the extenuating circumstances for students around school closures related to COVID-19, we are making an exception in how we will accept official documents for freshman Fall 2020 Regular Decision application review.
Our office will accept documents that are sent by the institution (transcripts, Huikao scores, letters of recommendation, external IGCSE/AS/A-level results) via email from a verified school counselor by March 2, 2020. These documents must arrive in our office on or before March 2. If you are unable to make this deadline, you will need to apply for Spring or Fall 2021. Due to this deadline extension of application materials, your admissions decision will be released by the end of April.
If admitted to the university, official documents will still be required in order to finalize admission. This will include the final high school transcript, provincial/external exam results if taken, and Huikao scores verified through CHESICC. All official documents must be submitted to our office by July 24, 2020.
Transfer Admission Deadline Extensions
All students applying for transfer Fall 2020 Regular Decision must submit their application and make sure required official test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) are received by our office by March 2, 2020.
We understand that due to school closures and impacts of COVID-19, students may have difficulty providing additional required documents by the March 2 Regular Decision deadline. As a result, students have until April 1 to submit documents either directly from the institution or by email from their advisors/counselors. If an advisor/counselor emails a document, we will require the official documents upon admission. We cannot accept documents emailed by students.
If you are unable to meet this deadline, you will need to apply for the Spring or Fall 2021 term. Due to this deadline extension for application materials, your admission decision will be released by the end of May, but we will continue to work to get these decisions out as soon as possible.
If admitted to the university, official documents will still be required in order to finalize admission. This will include the final college transcripts from the most recent semester attended. All official documents must be received in our office by August 1, or before you attend Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR), whichever comes first.
Our office is currently processing I-20s for admitted students as normal. We are shipping them by courier once per week, and can provide electronic copies upon request. For more detailed instructions on how to submit a request through Terra Dotta, please visit our Admitted International Student Checklist.
- If you currently hold a valid I-20 through another US institution, we will issue your I-20 after your SEVIS record has been transferred to us. We expect the temporary COVID-19 federal guidance to continue, so you should be able to remain in the US and begin your studies as usual this summer or fall, even if instruction remains online. We do not recommend that you travel outside the US over the summer due to rapidly-changing travel restrictions that may make it difficult to return to campus in the fall.
- If you are currently studying outside the US or do not hold a valid I-20, we are currently issuing initial I-20s with the assumption that normal in-person instruction will resume this fall. Students who wish to take classes this summer would have to do so from outside the US, as current federal guidelines do not permit students to begin their studies in the US if instruction is entirely online. Should our campus make the decision later this summer to move Fall 2020 online, you will be given the option to either 1) start online from outside the US and have your I-20 program start date deferred to Spring 2021 or 2) request to defer your enrollment (and not take any classes at UW–Madison or another institution).