Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students


I’m not a current UW student, but I plan to enroll/transfer soon. Can I still be advised by CPHA?

CPHA can only advise current UW – Madison students and alumni. Although we do not meet one-on-one with prospective students, we are happy to answer your questions at information sessions and via email at: As soon as you become a Badger, contact us for an appointment!


How can I visit campus?

UW-Madison provides students with a number of different opportunities to visit campus and learn more. We recommend that you choose the visit that best matches your academic interests!


Where can I find information about applying to UW?


What happens once I’m admitted?
  • Your UW Day is a full–day program designed to give admitted freshman the information and campus perspective needed to make a final college selection. CPHA advisors will be at the resource fair to answer any of your questions.
  • SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) will be your first step as a UW-Madison student. CPHA will be at the Academic Connections fair!


Is there a preferred major for health professions graduate programs?

No. UW does not offer specific pre-med, pre-dental, pre-PA, or other majors. Because health professions schools seek candidates with diverse interests and backgrounds, students interested in healthcare careers can choose from a range of different majors across campus. While some majors may incorporate several pre-requisites for medical school in their requirements, you can major in any area of interest. CPHA helps enrolled students plan out the prerequisite courses needed to apply to a specific health professions program and also helps students think about how to get involved in extracurricular activities to be a well-rounded applicant in the future. One way to diversify your coursework or to pursue other academic interests is to get a certificate (what in many institutions is referred to as a minor).