Applying to SoHE as an On-Campus Student

First Year freshmen and first-semester transfer students can declare a SoHE major. All other students must apply.

Application Policies

  • Students can apply to major twice
  • Students must be in good academic standing with their current school or college
  • Students may formally appeal a decline
  • No late applications are accepted
  • Deadlines are on the fourth Friday of Fall and Spring semesters
  • Students are notified of admission status approximately one month after the application deadline

Community & Nonprofit Leadership

Applications for Community & Nonprofit Leadership are reviewed twice per year; once during Fall Semester and once Spring Semester. Multiple criteria are considered including; program aspirations, relevant education, community and volunteer experience and employment, special circumstances, and GPA.

Spring applications are now closed. The next application cycle is during Fall Semester with a deadline of Friday, September 29.

Human Development & Family Studies

Applications for Human Development & Family Studies are reviewed twice per year; once during Fall Semester and once Spring Semester. The admissions committee prefers to see students with completion of some HDFS or HDFS-related coursework with good grades, experience (paid or volunteer) in work related to this major, life experiences that show a commitment to this major, and life experiences that will enrich our learning community.

Spring applications are now closed. The next application cycle is during Fall Semester with a deadline of Friday, September 29.

Interior Architecture

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.

Spring Semester 2017 applications will be available in late April.

Personal Finance and Retailing & Consumer Behavior

Applications for Consumer Science are reviewed twice per year; once during Fall Semester and once Spring Semester. A committee will review applications considering both academic and non-academic criteria to select highly qualified applicants. A significant part of the evaluation is based on the student’s cumulative UW-Madison GPA, as well as grades in courses reflective of the demands of the major.

Spring applications are now closed. The next application cycle is during Fall Semester with a deadline of Friday, September 29.

Textiles & Fashion Design

The Textiles & Fashion Design program consists of two phases (pre-professional and professional course sequences). Admission to the Phase II concentrations (Apparel Design or Textile & Accessory Design) is based on cumulative GPA and available space in each concentration.

Phase I

Freshmen: Must declare entry into Phase I on the UW-Madison admission application or during SOAR. Students must begin their Phase I coursework in the fall semester of the first year.

Transfer Students: Must have a 2.75 GPA. If a transfer student has completed any Phase I requirements through course equivalents, a portfolio showing that course work must be provided in addition to a transcript.

NOTE: Transfer students may begin the program in the spring semester, but will not have completed the necessary Phase I coursework and thus will not be eligible to apply to Phase II until the following spring. Transfer students are strongly advised to meet with their advisor to plan a program of study.

Phase II

A cumulative GPA of 2.75 guarantees transition into Phase II. When applying for the Phase II concentrations (Apparel Design and Textile & Accessory Design), students will indicate their first concentration choice, but the final decision will be made by the faculty admissions committee based on cumulative GPA ranking and available space in each concentration.

Students in the Textiles & Fashion Design major must purchase a laptop computer after completion of Phase I coursework. A Mac is preferred but a PC is acceptable. The computer should have at least 4 to 8GB of memory and should be loaded with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) and Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.).

Spring Semester 2017 applications will be available in late April.