Mechanical Engineering Summer Launch

A head start for incoming freshman!
July 11 – August 7th, 2022

The optional Mechanical Engineering Summer Launch gives students a head start by taking ME 201: “Introduction to Mechanical Engineering” in the summer before starting at UW–Madison. All mechanical engineering majors take ME 201 in their first year. Students admitted into other engineering majors can take ME 201 in the summer, too, to satisfy those majors’ “intro” class credits.

Completing this class in the summer can help you:

  • confirm that mechanical engineering is right for you;
  • move forward with other mechanical engineering classes sooner;
  • get familiar with our spaces and places and people, so you’re settled into campus life when the semester starts.

Summer Launch includes lots of social activities where you’ll meet other engineering students, start building your networks, and explore campus.

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Some students may be eligible for financial aid during the program. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for information. Students who take ME 201 in the summer and enroll in the fall as a Mechanical Engineering major may be eligible for a partial credit on their summer tuition, applied to their fall tuition bill.

UW–Madison publishes tuition and fee rates. UW–Madison has various student fees, like a New Student Fee and Official Document Fee, that may be charged to your summer tuition and fees bill instead of your fall semester bull.

The estimates below are provided to give you a general sense of the cost.

Wisconsin resident* Nonresident Minnesota
Tuition & fees (2022 costs)
$1,712.76 $5,198.73 $2,320.08
Course materials $75 $75 $75
Housing $729 $729 $729
Direct program costs (total of above) $2,166 $5,652 $2,747
Estimated dining costs
$500 $500 $500

The Office of the Registrar determines Wisconsin residence for tuition purposes. Learn more at

Minnesota students must be approved for reciprocity for the Summer term to pay at the Minnesota rate. Since Summer is the last term of the 2021–2022 academic year, students must submit a reciprocity application for the 2021–2022 academic year, even if you have already completed a Minnesota Reciprocity application for the 2022–2023 academic year. Apply for Minnesota Reciprocity here.

Questions? Contact Tracy Spraetz at

You stay in a campus residence hall near the Engineering buildings, with other Summer Launch students. The Summer Launch program coordinates this for students who opt-in to campus housing. Staying in Madison off-campus is also acceptable for students who arrange this themselves.

Each student shares a room. Move-in is Sunday, July 10 and move-out is Saturday, August 6.

Meal expenses are not included in the program cost. If you stay in campus housing, a very convenient option is using your new campus ID (WisCard), which can be loaded with funds to buy food in the many campus dining halls.

Neither UW–Madison’s summer orientation program (SOAR) nor placement testing are part of Summer Launch. Students register for SOAR and placement testing on their own. Please schedule your SOAR date either before or after Summer Launch so you don’t miss any class time.

No placement tests are required for ME 201.

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment requires all incoming first-year students submit their final high-school transcripts by Friday, July 1, 2022. Follow the instructions on the Admitted Freshman Checklist. (A general date of June 8 is listed there for Summer students, but July 1 is the correct deadline for Mechanical Engineering Summer Launch.) Completing this step is required by campus to keep your enrollment in this summer class.