UW–Madison Online has three start times a year. These varied start dates give online students the flexibility to pick the one that meets their individual goals and needs. Additionally, the start date mirrors our residential programs and provides online students more opportunity to learn and interact with their on-campus counterparts.
Every year, deadlines will be about six weeks before classes start.
|Semester||Application opens||Application & materials deadline||Classes Start|
|Summer 2021||Dec. 1, 2020||April 1, 2021||May 17, 2021**|
|Fall 2021||Feb. 1, 2021||July 15, 2021||Sept. 8, 2021|
|Spring 2022||Aug. 1, 2021*||Nov. 15, 2021||Jan. 25, 2022|
|*If deadline falls on a weekend, it is extended to the next business day.
**There are multiple start dates for summer session. This is the date for the first session.
Admissions decisions for UW–Madison Online are released on a rolling basis.
Note: These application deadlines are for students planning to enroll in one of the fully online degrees offered through UW–Madison Online. If you are looking for the application deadlines for UW–Madison’s face-to-face programs, visit the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
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With 12 transferable semester hours of college level work post-high school, you can submit an application online.