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 advising@sohe.wisc.edu to discuss that process.

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

Apply Online

The Fall 2017 application deadline has passed. Spring 2018 applications will be available online at the start of the Spring 2018 semester with a deadline of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16th.

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

The Interior Architecture program consists of two phases (pre-professional and professional course sequences). The number of accepted students into the professional course sequence is limited by the number of available spaces in the professional sequence courses.

Phase I

Students interested in entering Phase I (pre-professional Interior Architecture course sequence) must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Students who meet this requirement should meet with an advisor to declare the major as early in their academic career as possible.

Transfer students may take longer to complete their degree than students entering the program as freshmen, as they too must complete both Phase I and Phase II, which contain specialized courses that must be taken sequentially.

Phase II

Advancement into Phase II (professional Interior Architecture course sequence) is competitive and involves an application process that occurs each spring semester. Admission is based upon evaluation of a student’s performance in Phase I of the curriculum. This includes a minimum of 12 credits from designated general university courses (i.e., arts and humanities, science, and social studies), and 15 credits of designated design-related courses.

After completing Phase I of the program and upon acceptance into Phase II, all Interior Architecture students must purchase a laptop computer based on minimum hardware specification and software licenses determined by the department and updated regularly. Students also have the option, but are not required, to purchase a laptop computer before completion of Phase I of the program.

The Phase II application for currently enrolled UW-Madison students will be available in April 2018.