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Progression applications for the Spring 2022 semester will open in early-December. Specific application dates and deadlines are posted on our progression page.
Cross-campus students are students who are currently in another School or College at UW-Madison. Students in another School or College at UW-Madison must first complete the College of Engineering Informational Tutorial to be eligible to attend CoE drop-in advising hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Students not currently in the College of Engineering may apply a maximum of two times to the College of Engineering. Applications for Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 (submitted at the end of the Spring 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters) will not count toward the maximum of two application attempts.
- Students who have earned more than 80 credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply for transfer admission to the College of Engineering.These 80 credits include:
- All credits completed at the time of application, including UW-Madison credits and transferable credits from other colleges and universities.
- These 80 credits do not include:
- In-progress credits (at the time of application)
- 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 Service Schools awarded on a Joint Services Transcript
- Credits earned in the Spring 2020 semester
- The credit limit does not apply to candidates at other institutions who are in transfer agreement programs with the College of Engineering. The credit limit does apply to individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree.
- The Minimum Admission Requirements for Cross-Campus Students (see below) outlines the minimum requirements for admission consideration to a degree program in the College of Engineering (CoE). Admission is competitive and dependent on program capacity. The admissions committee considers applicants’ grades/grade trends, academic rigor, and personal statement. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a CoE degree program. Most competitive applications will show academic rigor typical of engineering curricula.
- Cross-campus applicants must carefully select an engineering program they intend to pursue through graduation. Interdepartmental transfer within the College of Engineering is competitive and dependent on multiple factors, including program capacity.
- Due to high student demand, several CoE majors have been especially selective and competitive in recent semesters: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering and mechanical engineering.
This document outlines the minimum requirements for admission consideration to a degree program in the College of Engineering (CoE). Admission is competitive and dependent on program capacity. The admissions committee considers applicants’ grades/grade trends, academic rigor, and personal statement. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a CoE degree program. Most competitive applications will show academic rigor typical of engineering curricula.
Program Capacity: When the number of highly qualified applicants exceeds the capacity of a particular program, admissions will be limited to the program’s capacity.
Full-time Semester: In their UW-Madison coursework, students must carry a minimum of one 12 credit hour semester.
UW-Madison Academic Record: The student’s overall academic record at UW-Madison is strongly considered. Students can strengthen their engineering application by demonstrating high academic achievement in a very rigorous set of courses.
Transfer Credits and Exam Credits: Credit will be given for appropriate transfer course work, Advanced Placement (AP), GCE Advanced Level (A-Level), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or other advanced standing credit.
Transfer Grades: GPA calculations only include grades earned at UW-Madison, not any grades for transfer coursework completed at another college/university.
Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation are not part of the admission application process and will not be read. Please do not submit letters.
Cross-campus students may apply a maximum of two times (not including applications for Fall 2020 or Fall 2021 admission), so long as they have earned 80 or fewer credits at time of application (excluding AP/IB/CLEP/A-Level credits, credits awarded by exam, retro credits, credits from Community College of the Air Force or from Military Service Schools awarded on a Joint Services transcript, credits in progress/completed during the current semester, and credits earned in the Spring 2020 semester).
SD (Satisfactory-Disruption) was a grading option available to UW-Madison students in Spring 2020 and Spring 2021. At least 3 courses counting in the core GPA as referenced in Section E of the Minimum Admission Requirements for Cross-Campus Students must be graded (A-F) to be considered for admission. For one and only one of these core courses that a student has repeated, the more recent of the two grades will be used in the calculation of Core and Overall GPAs. An SD in a repeated course will not replace the original grade in the Core and Overall GPA calculation.
The College of Engineering currently has two application periods – one for fall semester and one for spring semester. If you have satisfied all the requirements as outlined above, you can apply by submitting the Application to Transfer into a Degree-granting Engineering Program (requires UW-Madison NetID).
Specific application dates and deadlines are posted on our progression page. The First Year Progression Requirements and GPA Benchmarks for Progression posted on the progression page only apply to current engineering undergraduates.