Explore Where to Transfer

It’s time to identify your transfer options so you can direct your coursework and make the most of your remaining time at Madison College.

Students who have earned between 16 and 30 college credits are encouraged to take advantage of Madison College's transfer resources, start researching transfer schools, learn about transfer credit equivalencies, and create a personalized transfer timeline.

As you begin exploring, it’s important to gather information about your transfer schools—check deadlines, transfer admission requirements, and how your own academic history matches up. Look for academic majors you’re interested in, and be sure to determine if any courses are required for admission. Consider selecting two or three transfer schools that you feel would be a good fit for you.

The research you do in your exploration phase will be crucial to keeping you on track with your transfer process and graduation timelines. 

Below are some information sources and additional factors to consider when exploring your transfer options. 

  1. College Resources
    • Meet with your Madison College program advisor every semester for assistance with course selection and transfer planning.
    • Get information about the UW Madison Guaranteed Transfer Contract. Interested students should make an appointment with a transfer advisor to review the contract.
    • Use Madison College's transfer services and resources. Meet with a faculty advisor, attend transfer events and workshops, and access online transfer resources.
  2. Research Colleges and Universities
    • Access schools online.
      • Collegeboard.org: A college search engine that provides information about colleges, tips on applying, and more
      • Petersons.com: College search, test prep, and financial aid information
      • UW HELP: Student academic and advising information
    • Visit your intended transfer school and verify that your future major is offered. Check school websites for “Academics” or other pages that list all schools/departments and academic programs, and search for majors, minors and certificates. If you can’t find major/minor listings, use the search function to check for your program of interest. If you still don’t get results, contact the school directly to confirm if the program availability. 
    • Select three schools that offer your major, are affordable and are located where you want to be.
    • ​Research how classes transfer.
  3. Explore Majors and Careers
    • Explore career links by major.

    • SEWEC: A consortium of colleges and universities located in Southeastern Wisconsin that encourage and, promotes higher and continuing education opportunities for adults

    • Swache.org: Southern Wisconsin Association for Continuing Higher Education provides a searchable database of academic programs so adult students can learn more about member schools and speak face-to-face with school representatives.
  4. Create your Transfer Timeline
    • Identify the transfer admission requirements you need to fulfill. Be aware that school admission requirements may focus on a combination of minimum credits and GPA. Learn how major and degree requirements may be different from general transfer admission requirements or Madison College associate's degree requirements.
    • Make sure you work with your transfer advisor to explore how your general education requirements can be used to satisfy future degree or major requirements.
    • Determine the deadlines you need to meet to apply. Some schools have rolling deadlines, while others, like UW Madison, have firm dates.

      • Check your school’s admissions page for application deadlines. Plan required tasks around application deadlines:

      • Know when you need to write your personal statement, request letters of recommendation, and submit your application. Specific majors may have unique deadlines or only admit in specific terms.

      • If your future major requires an additional application, the deadline may be different from the university deadline. For example, students interested in nursing at UW Madison must complete a university application by the admission application deadline and an application to the School of Nursing by the nursing application deadline.