Off-campus transfer students must establish a strong academic record in college that (1) fulfills the UW-Madison Transfer Admission Requirements, (2) includes engineering-related course work, and (3) does not exceed the College of Engineering’s 80 Credit Limit. They should also be able to (4) identify intended majors in engineering and in other UW-Madison schools or colleges.
(1) Fulfill the UW-Madison Transfer Admission Requirements
Students must meet the general requirements for transfer admission to UW-Madison, including the study of a single foreign language for either two years in high school or two semesters in college. The Office of Admissions and Recruitment considers the student’s overall application in a comprehensive and holistic review process. For more details, see https://admissions.wisc.edu/can-i-get-in-to-uw-madison/.
(2) Demonstrate Success in Engineering-Related Course Work
A student’s college academic record must demonstrate a strong match for their intended engineering program and a likelihood of success in full-time, rigorous engineering course work to be taken immediately after transfer. Strong transfer applicants generally meet or exceed these guidelines:
Math, Science, Engineering Course Work
- Several semesters of rigorous math and science courses common to most engineering curricula—such as calculus, chemistry with lab, calculus-based physics with lab, calculus-based statistics, and computer programming.
- An introduction to engineering course is optional but strongly recommended, if available.
- Engineering courses related to the intended major, if available
Other Course Work, for Breadth of Experience
- English composition, equivalent to Communication Part A
- TOEFL or IELTS score, most successful international applicants have at least 105 TOEFL or 8.0 IELTS
- Liberal studies course work (humanities, literature, and/or social science)
- Course work in biology, geology, etc., depending upon the intended engineering major
The transfer students we typically see selected for admission generally have:
- At least 24 transferable credits, including courses in progress at the time of application
- Grades of B or better in all math, science, and engineering courses
- At least one semester of grades on record at time of application
- At least one semester of full-time (at least 12 credits) course work.
- A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (most successful applicants have at least 3.2-4.0).
- A sustained pattern of term GPAs of at least 3.0.
- Consistent success in increasingly challenging course work.
The Office of Admissions and Recruitment requires that admitted students must maintain their current course enrollment and grades, or admission for the upcoming semester may be canceled.
To ensure a successful transition to engineering studies, CoE expects a minimum 3.0 term GPA prior to transfer with no grades below a C (2.0 on 4.0 scale).
Supplemental factors may also be considered, such as a university application statement that addresses interest in engineering; co-curricular activities, work, and/or military service; projects or research; and engineering-related experience.
(3) Do Not Exceed the 80 Credit Limit
80 Credit Limit. Students who have earned more than 80 semester credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply for transfer admission to the College of Engineering.
The 80 credits include:
- All course credits earned at the time of application, including UW-Madison credits and transferable credits from other colleges and universities
The 80 credits do not include:
- Credits earned in the Spring 2020 semester
- In-progress credits (credits taken in the semester or trimester immediately preceding application term)
- Retroactive foreign language credits
- Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits
- GCE Advanced Level (A-Level) credits
- UW-Madison calculus credits awarded by examination
- Credits from Community College of the Air Force or from Military Services Schools awarded on a Joint Services Transcript
Transfer students who have only taken coursework at two-year institutions will not exceed the 80 credit limit because UW-Madison will award a maximum of 72 degree credits for coursework from a two-year institution.
The credit limit does not apply to eligible candidates in the dual degree transfer agreement programs between select UW System universities and the College of Engineering (please see Transfer Agreement Programs below).
The credit limit does apply to second degree candidates who have already completed a Bachelors degree. Please review options for Returning Adults and Second Degree Students.
(4) Identify Intended Majors.
At the time of application to UW-Madison, students should be able to specify their intended engineering major as their preferred major (first choice) on their university application, along with an alternate UW-Madison major of interest outside of CoE. Students seeking to pursue engineering at UW-Madison might explore the Biological Systems Engineering program in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. For a full list of all undergraduate majors, visit http://www.wisc.edu/academics/ .