Prospective Students

frequently asked questions

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I am not a current UW-Madison student. Can I still be advised by CPHA?

CPHA prioritizes providing extensive advising resources for current UW-Madison students and alumni interested in pursuing careers in healthcare, as well as for admitted transfer students. Prospective transfer and admitted transfer students are also encouraged to work with the Transfer Transitions Program for personalized support and to email questions@prehealth.wisc.edu with pre-health specific questions or concerns.

If you are a prospective or admitted first-year student (i.e. freshman) we are excited to start working with you more directly starting during Orientation (SOAR). Whether you are waiting to attend your SOAR session or are just starting to consider attending UW-Madison for undergrad, we encourage you to access pre-health advising information through CPHA’s excellent online resources (e.g. this website). For information on the breadth of academic opportunities available to you as a pre-health student at UW-Madison, check out the major & certificate exploration page of the Guide.

You are also welcome to consider signing up for our bimonthly Pre-Health Newsletter to learn more about health careers and related topics. Lastly, please also consider signing up for any scheduled Pre-Health Information Session through the UW Admissions Office. (These information sessions are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 operations).

How can I visit campus?

UW-Madison looks forward to welcoming you to visit our campus when it is once again safe to do so. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events and experiences at UW-Madison are currently on hold. Please find the latest updates regarding UW-Madison’s response to COVID-19 here.

We are also excited to share that many units on our campus are finding ways to continue operations virtually. Please consider attending a Virtual Admissions information session or a Transfer Virtual information session. In addition, if you are a prospective student who is interested in a Bioscience Major here at UW-Madison, you can also watch a narrated version of the Bioscience Majors and Academic Opportunities information session.

Where can I find information about applying to UW-Madison?

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 Adult Career and Special Student Services Office.

What happens once I'm admitted?

SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) will be your first step as a UW-Madison student. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new undergraduate students enrolling in summer and fall terms will complete your SOAR program online this summer. Please follow the link provided at the beginning of this paragraph for the latest information.

Please also find the latest updates from UW-Madison Admissions regarding operations during the pandemic.

We also encourage you to sign-up for the online orientation that CPHA provides to help you navigate your experience at UW-Madison as a pre-health student. The orientation is called “Preparing for Professional Programs in Health Care.” Once you have a UW-Madison email address, you can sign up for this orientation. Please also learn about all of the support that CPHA offers to first year students. We look forward to working with you!

Is there a preferred major for health professions graduate programs?

Not at all. Health professional schools seek candidates with diverse interests and backgrounds. We encourage you to think about what you most want to learn and do while you are in college. Find out what you can consider studying as a major here at UW-Madison. Health professional programs view the work you do in the prerequisite courses they require as sufficient evidence of your academic preparation for the coursework they require. Some majors at UW-Madison require courses that health professional programs also require. This leads some students to choose one of these majors. However, depending on time and financial constraints, 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).

For additional information on the breadth of academic opportunities available to you as a pre-health student at UW-Madison, check out the major & certificate exploration page of the Guide.