Prospective Students

Students at August Shop

In the School of Human Ecology (SoHE), we are committed to solving real societal problems through applied research, experiential learning, and empathy for the individual.

SoHE students build close relationships with faculty and staff, take classes that are focused on real-world problems, and have opportunities to create innovative solutions. Our personal attention and solid experience result in fulfilling careers in a wide range of fields. We invite you to join us in making an impact by exploring our people and programs.

Applying to UW-Madison

All prospective UW-Madison students must apply through the central Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Students applying for the Textile and Fashion Design major may also submit an Optional Design Studies Portfolio for additional consideration for admissions to UW-Madison.

Students who indicate interest in a SoHE major on their UW-Madison application will be admitted to the SoHE program or pre-program of choice upon admittance to the university. In addition, students may indicate interest in a SoHE major when registering for SOAR.

Visiting Campus & SoHE

SoHE holds monthly visit events for prospective students and their families and guests.

View and register for an upcoming visit event.

If you are unable to attend one of these dates, please contact the SoHE Student Academic Affairs and Career Development Office at 608-262-2608 or to schedule an appointment.

Current UW-Madison students

First-year students in good academic standing and first-semester transfer students may declare SoHE majors upon request. All other students must apply through a competitive application process.

The best way for interested students to receive advising or additional information is by attending a Becoming a SoHE Student Workshop.

Visit On-campus Student Application for application information and deadlines.


Please contact the Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office (SAA), 608-262-2608 or