Prospective Students

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in UW-Madison! While the advising resources on this site are primarily for current students, there are many ways for you to find out more about UW-Madison.
Here is a list of resources to help you get started, or read more about applying, visiting, and what happens once you're admitted to UW-Madison.
Application to UW-Madison is centralized via the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. The applications and deadlines vary by type of student so make sure you select the correct one for you:
Find out everything you need to know about planning your visit to UW-Madison:
  • Campus tour information
  • Bucky’s FAQs
  • Campus Map & Parking
  • Activities and Destinations
Find useful information and resources:
  • Undergraduate cost
  • Types of financial aid
  • Application process
  • Scholarships
  • Student jobs
  • FAQs
This page provides some general information for international prospective students:
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Paying for your education
  • Visa information
  • Transfer credit
  • Health insurance
Follow these links for more information on:
This program can help you with your transition to UW-Madison if you're a prospective or newly admitted transfer student. Their site offers information on their pre-transfer advising services as well as the Transfer Ambassador Program. Transfer students can also find helpful information on other topics like academic requirements, housing, and finances. 
Explore each of the 19 different residence halls to find out which one is right for you!
And don’t forget to check out Residential Learning Communities.
This site is a starting point for nontraditional, adult, and University Special students. This office will provide information and help on the application and enrollment process as well as:
  • Education & Career Planning
  • Workshops
  • Advising
  • Financial Aid Information
Applying to UW-Madison
Application to UW-Madison is centralized via the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
Visiting Campus
Often, students will elect to visit several college campus as part of their decision process. Here are a few options to help you make the most of your campus visit:
Signing up for Classes (Preparing for SOAR)
Once you’ve been admitted to UW-Madison, your first official event as a student will be to attend the Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program. Information on the SOAR agenda and registration can be found online.