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Welcome to Badger Precollege

What can young learners do at UW–Madison this summer? Just about anything. Badger Precollege offers an array of academic programs for students ages 5-18 — from advanced learning programs and STEM classes to music clinics and college readiness conferences.

Whatever you choose, your student will enjoy the university’s outstanding facilities, resources, faculty and staff — all while getting to know the UW–Madison campus, pursuing their passions and meeting new friends. Financial assistance is available for most programs, and many accept both international and domestic students.

Learn more about our programs below. We look forward to meeting your student soon!

Badger Summer Scholars Senior

Immersive college-prep programs for students completing grades 9-12. Students select a course or area of interest, explore campus and learn with a community of peers.

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Badger Summer Scholars Junior

Day and residential programs designed to engage, challenge and inspire advanced learners in elementary and middle school. Students explore one area of study, build community and make lasting friendships.

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Summer Music Clinic

A week-long residential program that provides middle school and high school performers the opportunity to learn from experienced educators, enhance their skills and create a community.

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Looking for other UW–Madison youth programs?

We are happy to include information on our site about the many sports camps, leadership summits, field trips, and other youth programs offered by our UW–Madison partners, including Badger Sports Camps, Wisconsin 4-H, the Language Institute and others.

You will find these programs as you search our site, along with a link so you can learn more and register with those programs directly.

Explore UW–Madison Precollege programs