Applying to SoHE as an On-Campus Student

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All currently enrolled UW-Madison sophomores, juniors or seniors must apply for admission to School of Human Ecology (SoHE) majors. Acceptance depends both on the quality of the applicant and on the availability of space in the program.

Freshmen and first-semester transfer students follow a different process for joining SoHE majors and are advised to call (608) 262-2608 or email to discuss that process.

The Interior Architecture major follows a different application process outlined below.

Apply Online

The fall application is closed. The spring application will become available the first week of the spring semester.

Application Policies

  • Applications are accepted twice a year and are open during the first four weeks of each fall and spring semester
  • Students can apply to a SoHE department a maximum of two times
  • In order to be eligible to apply, students must be in good academic standing with their current school or college
  • Students may formally appeal a denied admission decision
  • No late applications are accepted
  • Students are notified of admission decision approximately one month after the application deadline

Criteria for Admission

Faculty admission committees will review all applicants and will give preference to students who have some or all of the following:

  • Experience (paid or volunteer) in work related to the major
  • Other life experiences that show a commitment to the major
  • Life experiences and personal characteristics that will enrich our learning community
  • Career goals that are a good fit with the major
  • Competitive GPA
  • Successful completion of some coursework in the major
  • High quality application materials, including evidence of strong writing skills

Class standing (sophomore, junior, or senior) will also be considered in admissions decisions as it is necessary to have a balance of students across the different classes in the program.

Application Essay

The SoHE application includes an essay question. The prompt for the essay is, “In no more than 500 words, please tell us what you hope to gain by pursuing this major, and what you would bring to the School of Human Ecology.  Please note career goals/plans, relevant job or volunteer experience, and/or life experiences related to this major.”

The admissions committee evaluates the quality of the student’s writing in the application essay as part of the admissions process. Applicants are encouraged to work with The Writing Center.

Interior Architecture Application Process