UW-Madison admissions to start using Common Application

The following message about upcoming changes to the UW-Madison admissions process was distributed in May by Adele C. Brumfield, UW-Madison Director of Admissions and Recruitment:

Greetings from the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. As you may have read recently, UW-Madison has joined the Common Application. Students who apply for the fall 2017 term will be able to use the Common Application, in addition to the University of Wisconsin System Application that has been used in recent years. This change aligns our university with nearly 700 other colleges and universities nationwide who use the Common Application, which allows students to apply to member institutions using a single application.

Joining the Common Application will allow us to expand our reach to those who might not have otherwise considered our university. It will also likely increase the diversity of our applicants and assist in our efforts to attract more of the best students from around Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. We continue our commitment to a holistic, competitive, and selective admissions process for all applicants.

Our application fee is currently $50, but it may be changing soon. We will still honor fee waivers. We will be updating information on our website and in our printed materials soon as we move toward using the Common Application, which will be available as an option starting August 1.

In the meantime, we have created a fact sheet that explains what will be changing because of our adoption of the Common Application. Our holistic admissions process will remain the same, but some of the terms we have used in the past will be replaced with more commonly used, standard admissions language. The fact sheet can be downloaded here.