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On Campus Plus in Wisconsin

Key information

Start dates:
August, January

August start:
Semester 1, August – December
Semester 2, January – May
January start:
Semester 1, January – May
Semester 2, August – December
Course length:
2 years (four semesters)
Class size range:
25 on average

Entry requirements

Completed Senior High School and a minimum GPA of 2.25
TOEFL iBT 61/ IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
Minimum age:

Transfer Pathway to The University of Wisconsin–Madison

Through an exciting new partnership with the University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley, we are delighted to offer international students a direct pathway to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a highly prestigious Top 50 US university.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of 13 four-year universities and 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges campuses in the University of Wisconsin System — one of the largest and most highly regarded systems of public higher education in the US.

With the introduction of a brand new International Study Center at the University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley, students can spend the first two years of their US university degree at this popular campus, with the support of Kings on site.

Upon successful completion of these first two years, they will then have the option to transfer to the University of Wisconsin–Madison — from where they will graduate.

Guaranteed Transfer Program: how it works

UW–Fox Valley is part of the University of Wisconsin system.
You can begin your education as a freshman at UW–Fox Valley and receive guaranteed admission to UW–Madison or another UW System institution as a junior. This is possible through the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program.
After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average (GPA) requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at the 4-year institution.

  • Begin as a new freshman at UW–Fox Valley
  • Submit a Declaration of Intent to Participate form at any time prior to the start of your sophomore year (thirty credits) at UW–Fox Valley.
  • Complete, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (3.2 for UW–Madison), the number of credits required for junior status at your chosen transfer campus.
  • You have three academic years from the time of matriculation at UW–Fox Valley in which to complete the minimum credits required. The four-year degree institution may make exceptions to the required number of credits for those majors/programs for which early transfer is recommended.
  • You must apply to the intended UW four-year institution and must meet the same criteria (e.g., GPA, course requirements, etc.) for admission to specific majors/programs as continuing students.


The guarantee of admission applies only to the institution and not to the specific program or major. You can only apply to transfer to one four-year institution as part of the Guaranteed Transfer Program.

Your Kings Progression Advisor can help you in choosing courses that will best fulfill your needs for transfer.

Entry criteria for University of Wisconsin–Madison

The UW–Madison Transfer Contract

The UW–Madison Transfer Contract is specific to the Madison campus and guarantees entry upon meeting the following requirements.

GPA: 3.2

General High school requirements:

  • Algebra (one year of high school or equivalent)
  • Plane geometry (one year of high school level, college track or equivalent)
  • College preparatory math (one year of high school or one college-level course)
  • Single foreign language (two high school years or two college semesters). Note: The foreign language requirement is satisfied via proficiency in cases where one’s high school/ secondary school language of instruction was not English.

UW–Fox Valley College Credits

54 college-level academic (not developmental) credits at a UW–Fox Valley within three academic years of initial enrollment.

Transfer Program Courses

The courses below are required for almost all UW–Madison's bachelor's degree programs and the completion of these curricular elements helps to assure a solid foundation of academic preparation for achievement at UW–Madison.

  • Communication Part A, Literacy Proficiency (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A (3 credits, or 3 credits of Calculus)
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part B (3 credits)
  • Literature, at least one course (3 credits)
  • Humanities, at least one course (3 credits)
  • Social Studies, at least one course (3 credits)
  • Physical Science, at least one course (3 credits)
  • Biological Science, at least one course (3 credits)
  • Ethnic Studies, at least one course (3 credits)


Students are also required to meet with their UW–Fox Valley or Kings University Advisor at least once per semester

The University of Wisconsin System

The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the U.S. It consists of 13 four-year universities and 13 freshman-sophomore Colleges campuses. There are approximately 180,000 students spread across the UW System.

Within the system, students can study for two-three years at one of the freshman-sophomore Colleges and then, if they have gained sufficient academic credits, they transfer to one of the 13 four-year universities to do the last two years of their degree.

UW–Fox Valley

University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley is the largest of the Freshman-Sophomore Colleges of the UW System. It is located in Menasha, on the shores of Lake Winnebago and not far from the western shore of Lake Michigan.

We have an International Study Center on the campus of UW–Fox Valley.

At a glance

Location: Menasha, Wisconsin
Founded: 1933
Total student enrollments: 1,700
Type of institution: Public
Degree levels: Associate
Student-instructor ratio: 19:1


Campus facilities include the Communication Arts Center that houses the Aylward Gallery, the 362-seat Perry Hall, the Baehman Theatre, the Barlow Planetarium, the Weis Earth Science Museum (the state's official mineralogical museum), art and music studios, radio and television production studios, modern library, computer labs, on-site child care, a contracted food service, distance education classrooms and a state-of-the art science wing with a greenhouse complex.

A new 20,000-square foot classroom building opened in 2012 and houses the mechanical and electrical engineering program and classes.

The campus also stages its indoor intramural and interscholastic athletic events in a multi-purpose Fieldhouse that serves as the home court for the women's basketball and volleyball teams and the men's basketball team. In addition, students and athletes can enjoy a groomed intercollegiate soccer field, an expansive weight training/fitness room, multiple tennis courts and a nature study area.

Clubs and societies

The University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley offers over 30 different clubs and societies on campus, with organizations catering for sports teams, performing arts ensembles, academic and pre-professional societies, campus media, as well as cultural and community awareness groups.


The Fox Village student housing offers apartment-style living arrangements to interested UW–Fox Valley students. Located adjacent to the campus, The Fox Village is modern, convenient, and comfortable student housing with amenities that include furnishings, dishwasher, microwave, on-site laundry facilities, free parking for residents, game room and study areas, basic cable TV and Wi-Fi.

Sports at the University

UW–Fox Valley is a member of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference (WCC) and there are many ways to get involved with sports programs at UW–Fox Valley — whether as a player, scorekeeper, team manager or fan. Intramural sports are available free of charge for all students, as is use of the on-campus fitness center. Games are often played during the lunch hour and offer a good physical workout while enriching student life.

Cultural life

UW–Fox Valley offers a diverse series of Fine Arts programming throughout the academic year. From concerts to theater and art exhibits to special events, the campus is alive with cultural and performing arts entertainment. Staff, students, and the community are encouraged to participate in the variety of events and exhibits each year.

University of Wisconsin–Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is located on a 936-acre campus in Wisconsin's state capital. It is the largest of the Universities in the UW System and the only one to feature in the U.S. News and World Report's Top 100 "National University" rankings, in 2018 number 46.

It is often referred to as one of America's 'Public Ivy' universities.

As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, students and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems. The school’s legacy of public service was founded on the “Wisconsin Idea” that education should influence and improve people’s lives beyond the classroom.

The University counts 33 Pulitzer prize winners among its alumni, as well as notable public figures such as author Joyce Carol Oates, former Vice President Dick Cheney, aviator Charles Lindbergh, naturalist John Muir and architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

At a glance

Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Founded: 1848
Total student enrollments: 43,338
Type of institution: Public
Degree levels: Undergraduate/ Graduate
Student-instructor ratio: 18:1


With recreational facilities, arts centers, sports venues and student support resources, the range of facilities at the huge University of Wisconsin–Madison campus is extensive.

On-site venues for the arts include the Chazen Museum of Art, the Class of 1973 Gallery, the Red Gym Design Gallery, the Atrium Gallery, the Lofts Gallery, the Mandelbaum & Albert Vision Gallery, the School of Education Gallery, the Skylight Gallery and the Wisconsin Union Theater.

Sports facilities on campus cater for basketball, football, golf, ice hockey, rowing, soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, track and field and wrestling. The University is home to a stadium that can accommodate 80,000 people.

Schools and Faculties

  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Wisconsin School of Business
  • School of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Human Ecology
  • College of Letters and Science
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy

From Kings Life

Welcome sign on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley.

Progression Manager Martha Turner visited the University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley, the newest Kings On Campus Plus location. Here is what she discovered.

Read the full blog post