Prospective Students

frequently asked questions

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

CPHA provides extensive advising resources to current UW-Madison students and alumni, as well as to transfer students as soon as you have a UW-Madison campus ID.

If you are in the early stages of considering transferring to UW-Madison or have not yet started your first year on campus (a.k.a., freshman year), we encourage you to access advising through our excellent online resources (i.e., this website) and to email us at Please also consider signing up for a Pre-Health Information Session through the UW Admissions Office.

You will have plenty of time to talk with us once you arrive on campus as a first year student. We will look forward to supporting you in learning about and thinking through all of your pre-health options!

How can I visit campus?

UW-Madison provides prospective students with a number of opportunities to visit campus and learn more. Choose the visit that matches your academic interests!

Where can I find information about applying to UW?

For specific applications and deadlines visit the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

If you are a returning student looking to complete prerequisite courses at UW-Madison, please note that you will need to apply to be a University Special student through the Office of Continuing Studies.

What happens once I'm admitted?

Your UW Day is a full–day program designed to give admitted first year students all the information and campus perspective that you will want in order to make a final college selection. In addition, CPHA advisors will be at the resource fair to talk with you about any questions that you have.

SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) will be your first step as a UW-Madison student. (CPHA will be at the Academic Connections fair.)

And you will also want to sign-up for the online orientation that CPHA provides to help you navigate your experience at UW-Madison as a pre-health student. We also strongly encourage you to take full advantage of all the advising support that we offer first year students. The orientation is called “Preparing for Professional Programs in Health Care.” And information about first year advising at CPHA can be found on our website. (Scroll down to the first tabbed menu on our homepage to check out what we have going on.)

Is there a preferred major for health professions graduate programs?

Not at all. Health professional schools seek candidates with diverse interests and backgrounds. So think about what you want to dedicate yourself to for three or four years, learn what your options for majors at UW-Madison are, and learn what you want to learn. Health professional programs consider the work you do in the prerequisite courses they require as sufficient evidence of your academic preparation for their curricula. Some majors at UW-Madison require courses that health professional programs also require, and this leads some students to choose one of these majors. But, depending on time and financial constrains, you can major in any area of interest. One way to diversify your coursework and pursue academic interests outside your major is to get a certificate (what many institutions call a minor).