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Your future starts here

The UW-Madison College of Engineering is a top-ranked engineering college in one of the most vibrant cities in the country. As an engineering student at UW-Madison, you’ll be part of a community that values unique perspectives in solving some of the world’s greatest challenges. You’ll learn engineering by actually doing it, and spend your time among people who work together to bring new ideas to life.

Learn more: Check out “Your College of Engineering” and discover why we’re a great fit for you.

Information sessions

Join a virtual or in-person College of Engineering Prospective Student Information Session and learn more about what it’s like to be a Badger engineer. You’ll learn about our college, how to apply and what direct admission to a program means, as well as the many ways we support student success. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

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Preparing to apply to the College of Engineering

High school preparation

High school students planning on applying to UW-Madison for engineering should be focusing on math and science. This means taking the most challenging math and science courses your school offers!

Declaring an engineering major right away

If you are applying to UW-Madison to be considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering, please indicate an engineering major as your first choice. Direct admission to a major means our students start in the College of Engineering program of their choice. Academics are important throughout your engineering career, so remember you’ll need to meet progression requirements to continue advancing through your educational program.

Applying to the College of Engineering as an undergraduate student

Freshman Student

A freshman includes anyone who is currently a student in high school or who has not taken college coursework since graduating from high school.

Transfer Students

The College of Engineering welcomes off-campus transfer students who have completed coursework at another college or university after graduating from high school.

Cross-Campus Students

Cross-campus students are students who are currently enrolled at UW-Madison, but in another school or college.

Reentry Students

Previous UW-Madison students who are interested in coming back to complete their degree.

Your future starts here

Learn more about campus, scholarships and tuition


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