UW-Madison: Academics: Undergraduate Catalog

Admission

Admission requirements have been established by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Faculty Senate, and, in some cases, individual schools, colleges, and departments. Admission is competitive; it is not possible to admit all qualified applicants. Students with the strongest qualifications, including grades earned, academic courses taken (such as honors, advanced placement, and college level courses), and admission test scores, will have the greatest chances of admission. Personal characteristics that will contribute to the strength and diversity of the University community will also be considered. For current information on applying to UW-Madison, contact:

Office of Admissions
140 Peterson Office Building
750 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
608/262-3961
Email: on.wisconsin@mail.admin.wisc.edu

Freshmen
Transfer Students
Reentering Students
International Students
Placement Tests
Credit-by-Examination
Retro Credit(Retroactive Language Credit)
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)
Department of Mathematics Credit
Nondegree University Special and Guest Students

Freshmen

The admission requirements for new freshmen are the same for all majors with two exceptions. School of Music applicants must audition before admission can be approved. College of Engineering applicants who are not Wisconsin residents will be subject to higher standards.

Transfer Students

Students who plan to transfer to UW-Madison are advised to consult the appropriate school or college for information on degree and major requirements as a guide in planning work at other institutions. The cumulative grade-point average required for admission to the University may exceed the grade-point average required for admission to the major.

Reentering Students

Students once registered at UW-Madison who wish to resume undergraduate studies after an absence of a semester or more must file an application for readmission.

An application, transcripts for any work completed elsewhere since last UW-Madison enrollment, a list of courses in progress (if applicable), and a readmission action (if necessary) must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by January 15 for summer and fall semester admission and by October 1 for spring semester admission to retain priority for registration for those terms.

International Students

Applicants requesting F-1 or J-1 (student) visa status must document that they have the financial resources to attend the UW-Madison before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or IAP-66) can be issued.

Placement Tests

Before students can register for classes at UW-Madison, they must take placement tests in English and mathematics, and in a foreign language if applicable. The ACT, SAT, and TOEFL tests do not fulfill this requirement. Students receive detailed information about placement tests after they have been admitted and while arranging to attend the Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) Program.

Credit-by-Examination

It may be possible to earn degree credits by taking tests in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). General tests in the humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social studies-history are available. Any CLEP general exam must be taken during the first semester, or before earning 16 credits. Courses in which such credit is granted, the score requirements, and the arrangements for testing are different for the individual schools and colleges. For more information about CLEP exams, see the school or college section in this catalog, or see an adviser.

Retro Credit (Retroactive Language Credit)

In some schools and colleges at UW-Madison, it is possible to earn retro credits for prior work completed in most foreign languages. To earn these credits, students must take a course above the first semester level in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, or any other language in which they have some proficiency. The course taken to earn retro credits must be the first college course in the language and must be designated appropriate for this purpose by the department. Consult with the department regarding proper placement.

Students must enroll in the course on the UW-Madison campus before they earn 30 degree credits (regardless of where earned), complete the Retroactive Language Credit Request Form, and return it to the instructor during the first two weeks of class. To be eligible for retro credits, students must earn a grade of B or better (a C or better in German). Native speakers of a language are not usually eligible to earn retro credits in that language. For more information about retro credits, contact an adviser; restrictions are different in each school or college.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

Both advanced placement and International Baccalaureate Higher Level examinations offer another possibility of establishing credit. AP and IB exams must be taken before entering UW-Madison. Credit is not granted for SAT or ACT test scores.

Department of Mathematics Credit

Tests for credit and advanced placement are offered by the mathematics department. These tests are given during the first week of classes. Students who have had calculus in high school and wish to earn credit for Math 221 and 222 may take the Mathematics Department Calculus Advanced Placement Test. Students who have established advanced placement credit by other means do not need to take this exam. For more information, contact the Mathematics Advanced Placement adviser, Van Vleck Hall, 608/263-3053.

Nondegree University Special and Guest Students

Undergraduate students visiting from other universities or UW-Madison recent graduates have occasion to enroll at UW-Madison as nondegree University Special and Guest Students. Contact the Division of Continuing Studies, Office of University Special and Guest Students, 905 University Avenue, Madison WI 53715-1005. Call 608/262-2115 (after hours, 262-4352). Fax: 608/265-2901.


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