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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.

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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

From the blog

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Precollege students can cultivate creativity in these summer arts classes

Five arts instructors share what they’re looking forward to teaching precollege students this summer — from music production and composition to photography and creative writing.

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Black-and-white image of 25 young people on the steps of a building. The students are dressed all in white and pose with a selection of percussion instruments. Their instructor sits in a chair at the bottom of the steps in front of the students.

Celebrating 85 years of UW’s tuition waiver for musicians

Adopted in 1937, The UW Tuition Waiver Award has helped to launch the professional music careers of hundreds of students over the years.

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Rob Dz

Award-winning artist to teach hip-hop, songwriting at Summer Music Clinic

Rob Dz is a hip-hop musician, spoken word artist and Kennedy Center-certified teaching artist. This summer, he revises his role as instructor for UW–Madison’s Summer Music Clinic.

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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