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Admitted Student Checklist

Checklist for Online Transfer Students


Check your student email
Your student email address is now live. Campus communications will be sent to your student email address, so be sure to check it frequently. To access your student email, log in to MyUW and click the ‘Email’ tile.


Confirm your enrollment
Once you’ve activated your NetID, you will need to accept your offer of admission by August 15* or within 10 days from the date of your admission, whichever is later. Please note, you will not be able to register for classes or complete other important steps until you confirm your enrollment. Follow these instructions to accept or decline your offer:

  1. Log in to MyUW.
  2. Click on Student Center down arrow/icon and select “Applicant Homepage.”
  3. Click on the tile page with “Admissions.”
  4. Within the Admissions tile, you’ll see the applications you’ve submitted.
  5. Follow the instructions to officially confirm.

*If the deadline falls on a weekend, it is extended to the next business day.


Confirm personal details
In order to receive important messages from offices on campus, log in to MyUW to confirm or update your mailing address and phone number.


Apply for financial aid
You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code 003895 to be considered for the various types of financial aid from a variety of sources, including federal, state, private and institutional. Visit these pages for more information on completing the FAFSA and eligibility requirements.


Access your transfer credit evaluation
The Office of the Registrar’s Credit Evaluation Services team will post your official transfer credit evaluation to your Student Center. Please review Understanding Your Transfer Credit Evaluation to learn about the process and how to read your evaluation. The document also provides the next steps to this process should you have questions.


Take your placement tests
Some courses require that you complete UW System placement testing. If your course requires placement test scores, you will be notified by email and find additional information in your Student Center and credit evaluation.

You’re encouraged to sign up for testing as soon as possible to ensure you have your results before you register for classes.


Complete student orientation
If you haven’t already, you will receive an invitation via email to complete online student orientation. Comprised of three modules, this orientation covers everything you need to know about being a UW–Madison Online student. This orientation needs to be completed before you register for classes, but it’s strongly recommended that you complete it within two weeks of receiving the invitation email.


Report final grades
If you are currently enrolled at another institution, you will be receiving an email from us prompting you to self-report your final grades in your Student Center, which is located within MyUW. You must report your grades exactly as they appear on an official transcript or grade report that was issued by your school, by the start of the term.


Complete coursework and request your final transcript(s) officially be sent in
It’s very important that you successfully complete the coursework noted on your application. A change in curriculum could affect your admission status and declining grades could be cause for revoking admission.

Once you complete your coursework, you will need to have your final official transcript sent immediately after your final grades are posted. Please note, transcripts must be sent directly from an institution.

We accept official electronic transcripts from secure transcript providers like eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, and other online vendors. If the secure transcript vendor requires an email address to send a download link, please use etranscripts@admissions.wisc.edu.

If your college does not use electronic transcript services, you will need to send a paper copy to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Hard copies can be mailed to:
Office of Admissions and Recruitment
702 West Johnson Street, Suite 1101
Madison, Wisconsin 53715-1007


If you have AP/CLEP/IB scores, submit your scores
If you have scores from the AP, CLEP, or IB exams, you might be eligible to receive course credit for your scores. Request that the College Board or International Baccalaureate program send official scores directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.