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Summer high school students begin their 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.

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

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

Imaging Self: Precollege Summer Arts Intensive

During this 3-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 more

Student in the Imaging Self art track painting class

Highlighted Class: Design + Innovation

Students will work on an interdisciplinary team to prototype a product that addresses a market and/or societal need using UW-Madison’s state of the art Makerspace. The course is extremely hands-on, team-based, interactive and will provide students with a broad set of skills for creating innovative products. There will be a significant field component where students will explore the Madison area to identify needs and test prototypes. For students interested in exploring fields such as engineering, design, and urban planning. Learn more

Screenshot from the virtual tour of the Design+Innovation lab

Can’t join us on campus this summer?

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.

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

UW-Madison 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 more
  • American Culture in English (ACE): A 3-week residential program for international high school students, ACE offers exceptional instruction in English and engaging experiences outside the classroom to learn about American culture. Learn more

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

Student in Summer Music Clinic program