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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 and stay on track for graduation. Students will receive advising prior to enrolling in their summer course.

Application process/timeline

The application for Summer 2024 has closed.


Students can enroll in any course session June 17 or later. The popular 8-week session is June 17–Aug 11, 2024. Browse summer 2024 courses. International students are eligible to enroll in any online course that begins June 17 or later.


Students must attend SOAR advising on Friday, May 31. Seats are held for Transfer Early Start students at this SOAR session. Students accepted into Transfer Early Start will be notified when they are able to register for this SOAR session. Students will receive advising for both summer and fall during this session and will be able to enroll in summer term courses after advising. Get more information about SOAR.

Students are highly encouraged to attend in-person SOAR on May 31 but if you are an international student or unable to attend SOAR on this date please email summerterm@wisc.edu to see if an alternative option is available.


Students admitted to UW-Madison for fall 2024 and are transferring from an institution in the United States on a semester schedule are eligible to apply for Transfer Early Start. Students must accept their admission to UW-Madison to be eligible for summer enrollment through Transfer Early Start.


The cost for enrolling in Summer 2024 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 2023–24 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.