University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering
Undergraduate students

Students (from left to right) Andrew Dias, Jeremy Schaefer, Andrew Bremer and Jeremy Glynn work together to create a low-cost spirometer. The device is used to measure lung function and could be used in low-income countries to diagnose and manage respiratory disease. The work is part of a Biomedical Engineering Design class project designed by postdoctoral fellow David Van Sickle. Photo: Bryce Richter.

 Undergraduate admissions


At UW-Madison, new students admitted to the College of Engineering are assigned to the pre-engineering classification. All pre-engineering students take the same basic science and math courses to satisfy the “General College Requirement (GCR)” and transfer into a degree-granting program as soon as they are eligible. Since space is limited, the admission criteria for BME are higher than the minimum required for other degree programs in the College of Engineering. As a result, applicants are asked to submit a supplemental statement after applying to the BME program – and we consider this statement strongly when reviewing our applicants.


Students transferring from Pre-Engineering (EGR), other UW-Madison undergraduate programs or from outside of UW-Madison may need to make up course deficiencies. Please visit the Starting your Degree help page, review the GCR, visit the Engineering General Resources (EGR) Office, or contact an EGR adviser if you have any questions. (Please note that even if advanced placement credits may qualify a student to start the BME program in their second semester, the BME program only accepts applicants who have completed two full-time semesters of courses at the UW or other University – this permits students to start in their first semester of their sophomore year).

Admission to the graduate program


Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in engineering (biomedical, chemical, electrical, industrial, mechanical, etc.) from an ABET-accredited program or its equivalent. Each application is judged on the basis of previous academic record, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores for the general test, three letters of recommendation, and the statement of purpose.