Applying for transfer admission

Upon successful completion of your academic requirements in the Badger Ready program, you will be eligible to apply to UW–Madison for transfer student admission.

The information on this page will help you prepare for and complete the application.


Application preparation

This is a list of what you will need to have on hand to complete your application.


  • US Social Security number
  • City, state, and country of birth
  • Country of citizenship

Residency for Tuition Purposes – you’ll be asked:

  • If you have filed Wisconsin income tax returns in the past two years
  • If you work in a state other than Wisconsin
  • Is Wisconsin the last place you registered to vote or voted
  • Do you hold a valid Wisconsin driver’s license

Extracurricular activities

  • In this section, we recommend including previous (within 5 years or so) college activities, current or recent volunteering, mentoring, coaching, entrepreneurship ventures, consulting work etc.

Employment history

  • Include your employment history including:
    • Employer names, city, and state
    • Your job title
    • If you are currently employed
    • Start date and average number of hours worked per week

Application sections

So that you know what to expect, these are the various sections of the application and tips for responding to the questions. It may be helpful to refer to this list while completing the application.

Choose your major/program

Your major/program can always be changed later.

  • Search for Majors/Programs
  • Full Listing Alphabetically for Majors/Programs
  • Online Majors/Programs

Select your transfer term

  • When would you like to start school?

Personal information

  • Enter the required personal information about yourself, your background, and your parent(s)/guardian(s)

Academic background

  • High school/secondary school
  • College/post-secondary; please list all colleges you have attended

Holistic background

  • Highlight your relevant life experiences
  • A letter of recommendation is required for UW–Madison. Information about how to submit your letter of recommendation will be included in the Next Steps document provided upon submitting your application.

Activities and work experience sections

  • Include activities and interests outside of school
  • List your work experience – you can upload a resume or manually enter employment information


  • There are two essays:
    • The first one is all about you. This is a great place to talk about your experience in Badger Ready and how it has prepared you for transfer admission.
    • In the second essay, write about why you want to attend UW–Madison and your academic interests

TIP: draft your essays in a Word document and then paste them into the application form once you are satisfied with them.

Start your application

Apply online using the UW System Application

  • New users will have to create a login ID and password
  • Review the materials required to complete your application. All required application materials must arrive in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the noted deadline dates.
  • We strongly recommend that you request your required materials early and allow plenty of time for them to arrive at the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Once you are in the application:

  • Verify your email address
  • Follow the questions to determine your application type:
    • You are considered a transfer applicant
  • Be sure to select UW–Madison

Note, remember to click Save and/or Continue after each step

Reviewing and submitting your application

Review application

  • Review your application for accuracy and completeness before submitting.

Submission section

  • In this section you will digitally sign your application and submit the application fee.

Official transcripts

Important note regarding official transcripts

Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) will submit your official transcripts, received when you applied to Badger Ready, to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment on your behalf. However, if  you have enrolled at any other college/university since applying to Badger Ready you will need to send those official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, even if the course(s) is in progress.

Application questions

Contact UW Help
800-443-6459 or 608-263-4567
Wisconsin Relay: 711

After transfer admission

Once you are admitted as a transfer student, you will be assigned an undergraduate advisor and have the support of the Transfer Transition Program.