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— Heidi Lang

Transfer Fact

Eight percent of transfer students transferred from schools outside the United States.

Newly Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Wisconsin-Madison! We offer advising and support to help you prepare for your transfer to UW-Madison as much as possible. This page outlines important steps to making a smooth transition.

Attend Orientation

To begin, you need to register to attend SOAR (student orientation, advising and registration.) You will attend a SOAR session specifically for new transfer students. During SOAR you will select and enroll in your first semester courses, meet with academic advisors, and learn about campus resources. Sign up for your SOAR session by visiting the SOAR website.

Find a Place to Live

Next, we encourage you to start thinking about living arrangements. Transfer students choose to live on or off campus depending on their personal needs and preferences.

University Housing

Living in University Housing is one of the best ways to become integrated into UW–Madison and to build community. Living on campus makes it easier to establish social connections and get involved with university life. There is even a Transfer House in one of the residence halls, giving you the opportunity to live with other students who are new to UW–Madison, but who aren’t new to college.

Campus Area Housing

For many transfer students, living in one of the residential communities surrounding the campus may be a good fit. Rental options vary greatly and include apartments, cooperatives, privately-owned residence halls, rooms in rooming houses, and more. The University's Campus Area Housing office is an excellent resource to help you find rental options that meet your needs. Their website also provides information regarding long-term parking arrangements, staying safe when living off campus, and tenant rights & responsibilities.

Campus Area Housing works with several area properties who offer room-mate matching services for those who would like to share an apartment or house with others, but aren't sure how to reach them. Use the Guided Search menu on their website, and indicate you're looking for a Rental to Share (option two) or a Room with others (option three).

A comfortable living arrangement is an important part of academic success. Campus Area Housing has knowledgeable staff who are glad to work with Transfer Students one on one to find a comfortable place to live.

Finance Your Education

It is never too early to plan for how you will pay for your education. It’s important to research the cost of attendance at UW–Madison, but also important to know that there are many forms of financial assistance to help make this valuable and marketable education affordable for you and your family. Use the information below to help prepare for your financial transition to UW–Madison.

Financial Aid

As a transfer student, it’s important to know that financial aid does not transfer with you. To become eligible for financial aid at UW–Madison, follow these steps:

Step 1:

Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you haven't already done so, or update your current FAFSA to ensure that UW–Madison is listed as one of the Federal School Codes on your application. UW–Madison’s school code is 003895.

When UW–Madison receives your FAFSA they will contact you if additional forms, such as tax returns, are needed. Do not submit any forms other than the FAFSA unless requested.

Step 2:

Investigate scholarship opportunities at UW–Madison.

Step 3:

Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.

Student Employment

Working on campus not only helps you fund your education, it also provides opportunities for enhancing your professional development and making connections to students and staff at UW–Madison. Explore the Student Job Center for job postings both on and near campus.

Contact Us:

Transfer Transition Program
Center for the First-Year Experience
101 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706





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The Transfer Transition Program is coordinated by the Center for the First-Year Experience