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UW Application Essays

On the application for admission, applicants will be asked to respond to one of the freshman Common Application essays or answer the following prompt:

  • Tell us about your academic and personal achievements. What have you learned from your success and/or challenges, and how will this influence you as you pursue your college education?

All applicants will also need to respond to this prompt:

  • Tell us why you would like to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition, please include why you are interested in studying the major(s) you have selected. If you selected undecided please describe your areas of possible academic interest.

The maximum word count for each essay is 650.