New students can start their college experience off on the right foot by making new friends, learning about life on campus, and gaining their independence on a summer backpacking or canoeing wilderness orientation trip.
Academic Programs for Credit
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences QuickStart
CALS QuickStart allows incoming College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) students to complete their first-year seminar online. Participants will connect with peers, gain early exposure to campus opportunities and resources, and develop personal
Mechanical Engineering Summer Launch
This program is an opportunity for incoming first-year students in Mechanical Engineering to take a course on campus and meet other students in their major before fall classes begin.
Electrical & Computer Engineering Summer Launch
ECE Summer Launch is an opportunity for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering students to take a course on campus and meet other students in their majors before fall classes begin.
Summer Collegiate Experience (SCE)
The Summer Collegiate Experience (SCE) is a high-impact, quality-learning, first-year experience for students entering the university. Students typically enter SCE through PEOPLE, First Wave, and CAE; however, any interested student may apply.
International Student Summer Institute (ISSI)
This program is for incoming first-year international students about to start their UW-Madison experience. The program helps students improve their academic English skills and become familiar with the UW-Madison campus and available resources.
Wisconsin Experience Summer Launch
The Wisconsin Experience Summer Launch Program is an 8-week online program which allows incoming first-year UW-Madison students to take courses and engage with fellow incoming students during the summer before their first fall semester.