Apply to SoHE

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Textiles and Fashion Design students, 2019

Start and finish your UW-Madison degree with the School of Human Ecology. We offer six inspiring undergraduate degrees and two certificates that are hands on and teach you to Think Creatively, Solve Professionally, and Act Compassionately.



How to apply

Prospective High School Students or College Transfer Students

All prospective students applying to UW-Madison must do so through the central Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Follow these steps when applying for a SoHE major
  1. Be sure to indicate your interest in a specific SoHE major as your first choice on your application
  2. Clearly articulate how your personal and professional interests relate to that major
  3. Ensure all required documents are submitted in a timely manner (i.e., transcripts and application essays)

Textile and Fashion Design applicants may also submit an optional Design Studies Portfolio to show off your creative and artistic talents for additional consideration for admission to UW-Madison.

Already Admitted to UW-Madison

You can also indicate your interest in a SoHE major when registering for SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) or while attending SOAR.

Visiting Campus & SoHE

SoHE holds monthly campus visits for prospective students and their families and guests. Register now for upcoming SoHE Campus Visit days!

If you are unable to attend one of our upcoming visitation dates, please contact the SoHE Advising & Career Center to schedule an appointment at or 608-262-2608.

If you would like to speak with a student ambassador, please complete this form.

Current UW-Madison Students

SoHE welcomes all First Semester Transfer students, and students with fewer than 60 earned GPA credits, a minimal 2.75 cumulative GPA, and not on probation in their school/college to declare a SoHE major without completing the SoHE Major Application.

All other students must complete the Online Major Application to apply to a major within SoHE. All students interested in either the Certificate in Textiles and Fashion Design or Design Strategy must also apply.

Have Questions Before Declaring?

For an in-depth overview of Human Ecology and all of our majors complete the online Becoming a SoHE Student (BASS) presentation. For quick questions or concerns, attend drop-in advising (Wednesday 10:00-12:00 and Thursday 1:00-3:00)

Ready to declare a SoHE Major

Complete the SoHE Major Declaration form today!

Want to talk with an Advisor about a SoHE degree? Contact us!

Advisors in our Advising & Career Center (ACC) can answer questions and provide insights into our majors. Email

Want to connect with a current student and ask about a SoHE degree? Speak with a Student Ambassador!