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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.

International students are welcomed and encouraged to apply for our middle and high school programs. Learn more about our international programs. We look forward to meeting your student soon!

2022 Programs: At this time, Badger Precollege plans to run our residential and commuter youth programs in person on the UW Madison campus for Summer 2022, pending approval by campus leadership. Final decisions regarding the format for youth programs on the UW Madison campus in 2022 are made at a campus leadership level. Badger Precollege will notify all families and registered students of any changes to our programs as soon as information becomes available. Please direct any questions to the Badger Precollege office: info@precollege.wisc.edu.

Badger Precollege Senior

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

Two young males and a teacher work out a problem on a whiteboard.

Badger Precollege 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.

WCATY participants show off their hands after doing finger painting

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.

Summer Music Clinic students play the strings

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Badger Precollege grads find success as UW–Madison students

The precollege program strives to help all students find their personal path to college — and to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed when they get there.

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WCATY changing its name but not its mission

The 30-year-old UW–Madison program will maintain its programs and its commitment to creating a community for academically curious students in grades 1–12.

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Badger Precollege on WORT

Assistant Dean Christopher Pevey Harry talks with WORT 89.9 FM Madison about Badger Precollege and what’s new for summer 2021.

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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

Several UW–Madison youth programs have math components in their curriculum.

Explore UW–Madison Precollege programs with math components