CALS Quickstart

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.

Learn More about Foundations

QuickStart: Foundations (Inter-Ag 140), 1 Credit
This course satisfies the CALS First-Year Seminar requirement

  • 2020 Dates: June 15-August 9 (8 weeks)
  • Location: Online (Participate in this course from home)
  • Time: Complete weekly activities/assignments at a time works for you (no set meeting time)
  • Cost: 1 credit of tuition


Move to campus early and dive into life at UW–Madison through lab tours, industry visits, workshops, student panels, community meals and more. By the end of the week, you’ll have a network of peers, faculty, staff, and alumni to support you throughout your undergraduate career.

Learn More about Connect2Campus

QuickStart: Connect2Campus, 1 Credit
You must complete QuickStart: Foundations (online class) to enroll in this course

  • 2020 Dates: August 18-23 (Residence hall move-in August 18)
  • Location: On-campus; early residence hall move-in available
  • Time: Morning and afternoon programming with evening activities
  • Cost: 1 credit of tuition + early move-in fee

Between the end of Connect2Campus and the start of Wisconsin Welcome (August 24-August 28), we’ll offer workshops, trips, and tours for QuickStart students to connect with campus and the city of Madison.


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.