High school students on a tour of campus.

High School Students

Summer Term is a great time to be at UW-Madison. Rising juniors and seniors in high school can apply to take classes at UW-Madison during Summer Term, where they’ll earn college credit for face-to-face and online courses. Students will take courses with experienced college students and establish an official UW-Madison transcript. Summer Term courses are taught at an accelerated pace, so students should be ready to take responsibility for their academic plans and performance. Students looking to enroll in UW-Madison coursework that do not live in the Madison area are welcome to explore our online course options. There is no housing available for minors on campus that are looking to take for-credit coursework, unless the student is part of a specialized residential program (such as Imaging Self: Pre-College Summer Arts Intensive).

For eligibility requirements, application information, and advising, connect with our office that admits high school students.
Learn about courses for high school students

Below are some unique opportunities for high school students to explore what the university has to offer.

Imaging Self: Precollege Summer Arts Intensive

Student in the Imaging Self art track painting class

During this 2-week, for-credit residential program, students will choose a track that suits their interests – visual art, dance, or theater and drama – and work in small groups to improve their craft and develop a strong portfolio of work. Combining both immersive and integrative study, students will learn to use creativity to problem solve, build confidence, and prepare for the rigors of college life.

Learn about Imaging Self

Highlighted Class: Design + Make (Almost) Anything

This course teaches students how to use tools for prototyping and manufacturing along with some of the underlying theory for how the tools work. Each tool is taught through a learning module that combines online instruction with hands-on, in-person prototyping & manufacturing projects. Most of the learning is self-directed through a series of readings, online lessons, quizzes, and hands-on projects. The course is held in the two College of Engineering design and fabrication shops (Makerspace and TEAM-Lab).

Screenshot from the virtual tour of the Design+Innovation lab

Can't join us on campus this summer?

High school students program video games during a Gaming for Girls Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) workshop

UW-Madison offers over 200 online courses during summer term, so you can be a Badger from anywhere in the country or the world. Like face-to-face courses, these online summer courses are taught at an accelerated pace and require discipline.

The eligibility requirements are the same as for face-to-face courses. For more information connect with our office that admits high school students.

Precollege and Youth Programs

UW-Madison offers a number of non-credit residential opportunities, including:

  • Accelerated Learning Program (ALP): Offered by the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), this popular program offers gifted students opportunities to take challenging courses throughout the state.
    Learn about ALP
  • EducationUSA Academy: EducationUSA Academy at UW–Madison provides students ages 15-17 the tools and experiences to excel in the American college preparatory environment, going beyond academics to include all components of student development during an unforgettable three weeks
    Learn about EducationUSA Academy

Learn more about our precollege and youth programs at UW-Madison.

Students in Summer Music Clinic
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