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Transfer Early Start Program

Program details

The Transfer Early Start Program helps transfer students make a smooth transition to UW–Madison before the traditional fall semester. Students will receive advising prior to enrolling in their summer course.

Application process/timeline

The 2023 application period has ended.


Students can enroll in any course starting in the general 8-week session or any later session. The popular 8-week session is Jun 19–Aug 13, 2023. Browse summer 2023 courses.


Students must attend SOAR advising on Monday, June 5. You will receive advising for both summer and fall during this session and will be able to enroll in your summer term courses on your own after your advising session. Get more information about SOAR.


The cost for enrolling in Summer 2023 will depend on the number of credits that students enroll in. Learn more about tuition rates on the Bursar’s Office website. Please also review the possible fees that may be assessed on a student’s account on the Bursar’s Office page.

Scholarships may be available for Transfer Early Start Program participants. For students wishing to receive a scholarship, they should indicate their interest in a scholarship in their program application.

Some students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid for the summer term. This can depend on the number of credits that you enroll in. For your aid to be reviewed by UW–Madison double-check that your 2022–23 FAFSA has the UW–Madison School code (003895) added. For more information or any questions about Financial Aid, please reach out to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Build your Badger community

Students who participate in the Transfer Early Start Program will have an opportunity to connect with other transfer students, faculty and staff, prior to arriving on campus.

Top reasons to attend


Meet fellow students.


Earn college credit.


Learn about campus opportunities and resources.


Stay on track for graduation.


If you have additional questions about the program, please email summerterm@wisc.edu.