CALS Quickstart

What is CALS QuickStart?
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You’re about to embark on one of the most exciting chapters of your life! With CALS QuickStart, you can gain an early start on your Wisconsin Experience. Through the program’s online and in-person summer coursework, you’ll…

Launch your college career early with CALS QuickStart:

  • Complete your first-year seminar requirement online over summer
  • Gain early exposure to campus opportunities and resources
  • Move to campus (and your residence hall) a week early
  • Meet your peers and connect with faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Develop and a personalized roadmap to reach your academic and career goals

…all before the fall semester begins!


Regardless of where you spend the summer, prepare for a successful transition to UW–Madison with weekly assignments you complete on your own schedule. Learn about yourself and your campus and develop a plan for your Wisconsin Experience.


CALS QuickStart is more than coursework; it is a community of student scholars. As part of this group, you’ll have on-going opportunities to network with CALS faculty, alumni, and industry leaders. QuickStart Scholars meet as a cohort at least twice per semester to reconnect as a community and participate in student development programming.