Students interested in transferring to the Wisconsin School of Business Undergraduate Program must first successfully fulfill the eligibility and application requirements with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment.

Undergraduate Direct Transfer

Students enrolled in the University of Wisconsin System or the Wisconsin Technical College System may apply directly to the Wisconsin Undergraduate Program. Eligible applicants must follow the application requirements and deadlines for both the Undergraduate Program and Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

  • Complete the transfer admissions application to UW-Madison through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for the Fall term only. Applying to UW-Madison does not automatically create an application for Business.
  • Separately, complete the Pre-Business application for the Undergraduate Program in early March preceding the intended Fall enrollment term.
  • Applicants are strongly recommended to review all Undergraduate Admissions policies for requirements, credit eligibility limits, and maximum application attempts.

The four prerequisite courses in communications, calculus, economics, and psychology must be completed or in the process of completion at the time of application. Any of these in-progress courses must be completed by the end of the application term and cannot be deferred to a later term.

General Transfer Students

Students attending the following institutions will need to complete a minimum of 12 in-residence credits at UW-Madison (these can be in-progress during the spring term):

  • A private college or university in Wisconsin
  • A college or university outside of Wisconsin
  • A UW-System or Wisconsin Technical College with intended enrollment other than the Fall term

Admitted transfer students can complete the four prerequisite courses in communications, calculus, economics, and psychology prior to transferring. Any unfulfilled courses must be completed at UW-Madison once enrolled. Applicants are strongly recommended to review all Undergraduate Admissions policies for requirements, credit eligibility limits, and maximum application attempts.

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Application deadlines and key dates

Information for the Spring 2021 application (for Fall 2021 enrollment) is listed below.

Key dates for students currently enrolled in University of Wisconsin System or Wisconsin Technical College System institutions:

Deadline Description
March 3, 2021 Undergraduate admission application opens at 8:00 a.m. CT
March 17, 2021 Undergraduate admission application closes at 4:00 p.m. CT
On or before
July 1, 2021
Application decisions announced
September 7, 2021 New admits officially become Wisconsin Undergraduate students at Undergraduate Induction

Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Admissions page for additional details.

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Admitted Student Profile

Eligible applicants should apply when they feel their application is strongest, keeping in mind there are a greater number of applicants and admission offers for first-year students looking to start their second year in Business. There is no preference based on year in school, nor for if transferring from another institution, when making admission decisions.
Admit Rates by Spring Term Cycle
Spring 2019 Spring 2020
UW All Applicants 55% 47%
UW First-year Applicants 63% 52%
UW Second-year Applicants 41% 35%
Approximate Average Admit GPA 3.55 - 3.65
Approximate mid-80th Percentile GPA Range 3.33 - 3.95

Admit rates do not include Direct Transfer applicants, and vary based on resource capacities and number of submitted applications.

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Apply to the Wisconsin Undergraduate Program

The application for direct transfer admission into the Wisconsin Undergraduate Program consists of four parts:

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Attend transfer events

The Wisconsin Undergraduate Program hosts transfer events that will help you explore your interest in business and guide you through the application process.

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Meet with an advisor

The Wisconsin Undergraduate Program offers one-on-one advising for prospective transfer Undergraduate students. We’re available to help you prepare for admission and determine if the Wisconsin Undergraduate Program is the best fit for you.

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Scholarships and financial aid

The Wisconsin School of Business provides nearly $1 million in scholarship support to admitted and newly enrolled Undergraduate students each year. To be considered for scholarships from the School of Business, a WiSH application is required and FAFSA strongly recommended to be considered for most awards.

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