Guaranteed Transfer

The University of Wisconsin Colleges is the freshman/sophomore liberal arts transfer institution of the UW System. We take the word "transfer" seriously. You will get help every step of the way.

You can begin your education as a freshman at a UW Colleges campus and receive "guaranteed" admission to another UW System institution as a junior by participating in the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at the baccalaureate institutions.

How do I participate in the program?

  • Begin as a new freshman at the University of Wisconsin Colleges.
  • Submit a Declaration of Intent to Participate form at any time prior to the start of your sophomore year (thirty credits) in the UW Colleges. The form may be obtained from your campus Student Affairs Office.
  • Complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (2.8 for Madison), the number of credits required for junior status at the baccalaureate institution. You have three academic years from the time of matriculation in the UW Colleges in which to complete the minimum credits required. The baccalaureate institution may make exceptions to the required number of credits for those majors/programs for which early transfer is recommended.
    Please note: Some transfer G.P.A.s are calculated using the formula/method of the four-year campus.
    • UW-Madison computes the GPA for transfer students in accordance with UW Madison's grading practices. Accordingly for any UW Colleges student who repeated a course, both grades are computed in determining the UW Madison GPA. Thus, the student's UW College GPA could be different from the GPA used by UW Madison to determine whether the minimum 2.8 GPA is met.
    • UW-Whitewater computes grade point average for transfer admission based on current Whitewater grading policy. Under this policy, courses may be repeated only if the original grade is C- or lower. Additionally, courses may be repeated only one time; subsequent attempts of F grades will be averaged until the student has passed the course. Also, incomplete grades will be considered as F for purposes of determining grade point average.
  • You must apply to the intended UW four-year institution and must meet the same criteria (e.g., GPA, course requirements, etc.) for admission to specific majors/programs as continuing students. The Guaranteed Transfer Program guarantees admission to the baccalaureate institution only and not to the specific program or major. Please note: UW-Madison has an application deadline for Guaranteed Transfer Program students. For more information visit UW-Madison's transfer agreements page.

Visit UW System's page about specific programs or majors at the UW Institutions.

Will this guarantee that all of my classes will transfer towards my major?

The guarantee of admission applies only to the institution and not to the specific program or major. Your advisor can help you in choosing courses that will best fulfill your needs for transfer.

You can get more information about transfer through the University of Wisconsin System's Transfer Information System (TIS).

TIS provides information about:

  • each UW System institution including information on admissions, financial aid, registration and housing
  • courses and academic programs, and transfer guides and agreements between UW institutions
  • how courses transfer between the UW Colleges and other UW System institutions.

TIS is a useful tool for students at any time in the transfer planning process.

Can I transfer to any of the four-year institutions?

Students will be allowed to participate in the Guaranteed Transfer Program with only one receiving institution.

Visit the UW Transfer System information page on campus admissions information

Visit the transfer information page on general information about a UW Institution.