Admission Guidelines for Fall 2016

 

Application Dates

College Preparatory Credit Requirement
(A Minimum of 17 Credits Is Required)

Freshman Admission Guidelines

Postponed Admission or Waiting List

Enrollment Deposit

UW Colleges

Submit an application and all required documents for fall 2015 admission no later than August 15, 2015 for priority consideration. Apply for spring 2016 admission by January 3, 2016. Some UW Colleges will accept applications after the application date.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English

3

Mathematics: must include at least one credit of algebra and the equivalent of one credit of geometry

3

Natural Science

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science, and other academic areas.

The UW Colleges is an institution of access. New freshmen are likely to be admitted if they rank in the top 75% of their class.

ACT/SAT scores from the high school are accepted for admission. An official ACT/SAT score report, received directly from the testing agency, is preferred.

There is no admissions wait list. However, some applicants may be asked to submit additional information so that an informed admission decision might be made.

Documentation such as 7th- or 8th-semester/term grades, additional ACT/SAT scores, or other material may be requested to develop a more comprehensive applicant file.

No deposit required.

UW-Eau Claire

Submit an application and all required documents for fall 2016 admission no later than December 1, 2015, for priority consideration, and by February 1, 2016, for space-available consideration.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English: including three credits of literature and/or composition.

3

Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and one credit of advanced college preparatory mathematics (e.g., algebra II/higher algebra).

3

Natural Science: freshman science is considered one of the natural science credits.

3

Social Science/History: including one credit of world or American history. 

4

Electives: chosen from the above areas, foreign language, art, music, speech, computer science, and other academic areas.

Admission is competitive and selective. We consider high school performance (class rank, rigor of coursework, cumulative GPA, and trend in grades), ACT/SAT scores, nonacademic factors (leadership, involvement, talent, accomplishments, and diversity in background and experience), recommendations, and personal statements. Academic preparation is the primary consideration for admission.

The following is a general profile of our admitted freshmen for fall 2015. They are the middle 50% range, so 25% of admitted freshmen are above this range and 25% are below.    

Profile of Admitted Students
Criteria Middle 50%
Class rank 63rd–87th percentile
ACT composite 22–26

Official ACT/SAT score reports, received directly from the testing agency, are required for review of an application.

Some applicants who apply before February 1, 2016, may have an admission decision postponed. After all applications received by the February 1 deadline have been evaluated, all remaining postponed applications will be reviewed; a final decision will be made no later than March 15, 2016. Admission will be offered to as many postponed applicants as possible to fill the freshman class.

Admitted students are required to submit a $100 enrollment deposit. A deferral may be requested due to economic hardship. The deposit is refundable until May 1, 2016.

UW-Green Bay

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applications will be processed as long as space is available. Early application is encouraged.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English

3

Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and at least one additional credit of advanced college-prep math.

3

Natural Science

3

Social Science/History

2

Core Academic Electives: Additional units beyond the minimums listed above in English, math, science, and social studies. Foreign languages, including ASL, are considered Core Academic Electives.

2

Other Electives: From the areas listed above, or fine arts, computer science, business, family and consumer education, and other academic, career, and technical areas.

NOTE: Please note that these are minimum standards. Most incoming freshmen exceed these minimums by a significant amount. Rigor is an important factor in the admission decision, and applicants who exceed these minimums will have an advantage in the admission process.

Admission evaluations are thorough and comprehensive. Factors considered in the decision include cumulative GPA and GPA trends, grades in core academic courses, rigor of courses, ACT/SAT scores, special talent/circumstances, the application statement(s), leadership and extra-/co-curricular participation, and letters of recommendation (if provided).

Profile of Admitted Students
Criteria Middle 50%
GPA

3.15–3.76

ACT composite

21–25

Official ACT/SAT score reports, received directly from the testing agency, are required prior to an admission decision being made.       

Applicants who are comprehensively evaluated and are not admitted may be placed on a waiting list. Applicants on the waiting list will be notified no later than May 1, and often earlier than that, with a final decision.

No deposit required.

UW-La Crosse

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. All complete applications received by February 1, 2016, will receive full consideration. Applications received or completed after that date will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications for spring 2016 are accepted beginning September 1, 2015.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English

3

Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.

3

Natural Science: at least two credits from biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or advanced courses in these disciplines.

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science, and other academic areas.

Applicants are encouraged to select courses beyond the minimum. Students completing rigorous courses, including senior year, will be stronger candidates for admission.

Average Applicant Credit Preparation (21 Total Credits)
Credits Subjects
4

English

4

Mathematics

4

Natural Science

4

Social Science/History

3

Foreign Language

2

Additional Academic Credits

While academic preparation is the primary criterion used in the admission review process, nonacademic secondary factors may contribute to the strength of an application. These may include qualities such as demonstrated leadership, extracurricular involvement, special talent, personal statement, recommendations, and/or adding a diverse dimension to our campus community.

The following is a general profile of our admitted freshmen for fall 2015. They are the middle 50% range, so 25% of admitted freshmen are above this range and 25% are below.

Profile of Admitted Students
Criteria

Middle 50%

Class rank

70th–90th percentile

ACT composite

23–27

Official ACT/SAT score reports must be received directly from the testing agency for review of an application.

Some applicants may be placed on a postpone list, and an admission decision is made at a later date. Review of postponed students begins in early December and continues thereafter, dependent upon the number of applications received and space available in the freshman class. Students are encouraged to submit additional information like senior grades, updated ACT/SAT scores, and letters of recommendation. Students will be notified of a final admission decision no later than May 1, 2016.

Submit a $100 enrollment deposit as soon as possible following admission to ensure a place in the freshman class. The deposit is refundable until May 1, 2016. Upon receipt of the $100 enrollment deposit, on-campus housing information will be sent. Enrollment deposits submitted after May 1 will be accepted on a space-available basis.   

UW-Madison

U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students have the same admission deadlines and notification periods.

Freshman Deadlines and Notifications
First Fall Notification Deadline: Nov. 2
Notification: By the end of January
Second Fall Notification Deadline: Feb. 1
Notification: By the end of March
Spring Term Deadline: Oct. 1
Notification: By the end of December

Transfer Student Deadlines and Notifications
Fall Term Deadline: Feb. 1
Notification: By the end of April
Spring Term Deadline: Oct. 1
Notification: By the end of December

The high school record should demonstrate both rigor and breadth in the types of coursework pursued. A competitive academic record should show challenging, rigorous coursework, such as AP, honors, or IB courses, in as many areas as possible, while maintaining a strong GPA.

Typical for Admission Credit Preparation (19-22 Total units)
Units Subjects
4

English

4

Math

3-4

Science

3-4

Social Studies

3-4

Single Foreign Language

2

Additional Academic/Fine Arts

We have a holistic, competitive, and selective admission process that first considers the academic record, including course selection, rigor (such as AP or IB), and overall performance. Written statements, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, an optional letter of recommendation, and consistent involvement in activities in or out of school are also considered. 

Profile of Admitted Students
Criteria

Middle 50%

GPA

3.7–4.0 (unweighted academic)

Class rank

84th–97th percentile

ACT composite

27–31

SAT composite

1800–2070

Official ACT or SAT score reports are required and should be sent directly from the testing agency.  The writing portion is no longer required.

When our admission counselors review an application, they make one of four admission decisions—admit, postpone, deny, or wait list. A postponed decision means a student is neither admitted nor denied at the time of the initial review. The application is held for further consideration during the Second Notification Period.

Postponed applicants will receive a decision by the end of March.

If a student receives an invitation to join the wait list, he or she has a chance to be admitted if space becomes available after May 1. Only viable candidates are offered a spot on the wait list.

Students accept their offer of admission online in the Student Center and pay a $100 deposit, which is applied toward tuition and fees.

Students applying for fall must accept their offer by May 1.

Students applying for spring must accept their offer by November 1 or 10 days from the date of their admission letter, whichever is later.

UW-Milwaukee

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. Our priority application deadline is March 1 (December 1 for spring); we will continue to accept and process applications and related materials after that date as space and resources allow. Scholarship consideration deadline for Art is Feb. 15, and for Music, Mar. 1.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English: including three credits of literature and/or composition.

3

Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and higher. College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) recommends four credits.

3

Natural Science: including at least one credit of lab science. CEAS and Nursing require at least one credit of chemistry; CEAS also recommends one credit of physics.

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: at least two must be from the above areas, foreign language, speech/communication, or other academic areas.

Foreign language is not required but is strongly recommended. Foreign language credits earned in high school help satisfy UW-Milwaukee’s foreign language requirement for graduation.

For many programs, new freshmen are likely to be admitted if they have appropriate high school preparation, rank in the top 50% of their class, or have an ACT composite score of at least 21 (or 980 SAT). However, certain programs, including Architecture, Engineering, and Nursing, are more selective and require stronger academic preparation.

Each application receives a comprehensive review, taking all factors into consideration. In addition to academic preparation, other factors considered include demonstrated leadership skills, motivation, and maturity, as addressed in your personal statement and/or recommendations. UWM provides broad access to individuals from many walks of life and encourages all interested students to apply.

All freshman applicants under age 21 must submit ACT/SAT scores. Test scores posted on a high school transcript are accepted as official.

Qualified applicants who cannot be accommodated because of deadlines or capacity limitations will be offered the opportunity to be considered for a future term. Applicants not admissible to certain programs may be given the opportunity to apply to another program or may be offered admission via our Academic Opportunity Center. In some cases, admission will be contingent upon successful completion of a summer preparatory program. Such contingencies and/or conditions will be outlined in your acceptance letter.

Students are required to pay a $100 Confirmation Deposit to secure a spot in our freshman class.

UW-Oshkosh

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, and applications will be processed as long as space is available.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English

3

Mathematics: algebra I, geometry, and algebra II.

3

Natural Science

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science, and other academic areas.

Most admitted students have completed additional college preparatory units in math or science. Applicants who meet the minimum credit requirements are given consideration for admission; however, admission is not automatic or guaranteed.

Applicants for admission are provided a comprehensive review in which academic preparation is the most important criterion. However, nonacademic factors are also considered. These factors may include leadership experiences, community service, motivation, and life circumstances that will positively contribute to the strength of the university and reflect its mission and values.          

The following is a profile of our 2015 admitted freshmen. They are the middle 50% range, so 25% of admitted freshmen are above this range and 25% are below.   

Profile of Admitted Students
Criteria

Middle 50%

GPA

3.09–3.66

Class rank

Top 18–43%

ACT composite

21–24

ACT and SAT scores provided on the high school transcript are accepted for admission.

There is no admissions wait list. However, some applicants may be asked to submit additional information so that an informed admission decision might be made.

Documentation such as 7th- or 8th-semester/term grades, additional ACT/SAT scores, or other material may be requested to develop a more comprehensive applicant file.

Admitted students are required to submit a $100 enrollment deposit. A waiver may be requested due to economic hardship or inability to pay. The deposit is refundable until May 1, 2016. Early submission of the deposit provides the greatest flexibility in registration dates. Submitting the deposit by March 1 guarantees a spot in the freshman class.

UW-Parkside

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, and applications will be processed as long as space is available. Students who apply early have better opportunities for housing, scholarships, and course selection.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English: including three credits of literature and composition.

3

Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and higher.

3

Natural Science: including at least one credit of lab science.

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science, and other academic areas.

Foreign language is not required for admission; however, students may fulfill the UW-Parkside graduation requirement in foreign language by taking two years of the same foreign language in high school.

Academic preparation is an important part of the admission decision. To be best prepared for college, applicants are encouraged to exceed the minimum credit requirements for admission.

New freshmen are likely to be admitted if they rank in the top 50% of their class and have a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (SAT equivalent).
   
ACT/SAT scores from the high school are accepted for admission. An official ACT/SAT score report, received directly from the testing agency, is preferred.

There is no admissions wait list. However, some applicants may be asked to submit additional information so that an informed admission decision might be made.

Documentation such as 7th- or 8th-semester/term grades, additional ACT/SAT scores, or other material may be requested to develop a more comprehensive applicant file.

Admitted students are required to submit a $100 enrollment deposit as soon as possible to secure a place in the freshman class. The deposit is refundable until May 1, 2016.

UW-Platteville

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, and applications will be processed as long as space is available.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English

3

Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and higher.

3

Natural science: two must include lab experience.

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science, and other academic, technical, and career areas.

Although foreign language is not required for admission, students may fulfill the UW-Platteville graduation requirement in foreign language by taking two years of the same foreign language in high school.

All applications receive a comprehensive review. 

New freshmen will be considered for admission if they rank in the top 50% of their class or have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (SAT equivalent).   

Consideration will also be given to factors such as stronger academic performance later in high school, demonstrated leadership skills in school or community, personal statements, and recommendations.           

ACT/SAT scores from the high school are accepted for admission. An official ACT/SAT score report, received directly from the testing agency, is required prior to the advising/registration program.

Additional information may be requested from some applicants.

The additional information may include letters of recommendation, personal statement from the student, first quarter/semester senior grades, and any other personal characteristics that should be taken into consideration in the admission decision.

Admitted students are required to submit a $100 enrollment deposit as soon as possible to ensure a place in the freshman class. The deposit is refundable until May 1, 2016.

UW-River Falls

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. Students are admitted on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English

3

Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and higher.

3

Natural Science: must include two from biology, chemistry, or physics.

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science, and other academic, technical, and career areas.

Academic preparation, specifically the strength of high school coursework, is an important part of the admission decision. Applicants are encouraged to exceed the minimum credit requirements for admission.

Students who rank in the top 40% of their class or have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (SAT equivalent) are likely to be admitted.

Nonacademic factors are also considered in the admission decision. They may include, but are not limited to, leadership, community service, creativity and/or unique talents, and personal characteristics that contribute to the strength and diversity of the university.   

ACT/SAT scores from the high school are accepted for admission. Preference is for an official ACT/SAT score report received directly from the testing agency.

All applications are reviewed on an individual basis. Some applicants may be asked to submit additional information to assist in making an admission decision. This may include a letter from the student addressing unique circumstances that should be considered, updated senior grade reports, letters of recommendation, and/or updated test scores.

No deposit required.

UW-Stevens Point

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. Apply, be accepted, and submit the $100 enrollment deposit before the freshman class total is reached for fall 2016 admission. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English: three credits must be composition and literature. The fourth credit may be any non-remedial course offered through the English department that meets DPI graduation requirements.

3

Mathematics: including algebra and other college preparatory courses with an algebra and/or geometry prerequisite.

3

Natural Science: may include a maximum of one course in approved agriculture science or Project Lead The Way.

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: two must be chosen from the above areas or foreign language, fine arts, or computer science (excluding keyboarding). Two may be from the above areas and other academic, technical, and career areas (excluding cooperative education).

Admission is competitive. Academic preparation (class rank, rigor of coursework, cumulative and academic GPA, trend in grades, and ACT/SAT scores) is the primary criterion used in the review process. We also consider nonacademic factors such as demonstrated leadership, involvement, accomplishments, special talents, and diversity in background and experience.

The following is a general profile of our admitted freshmen for fall 2015. They are the middle 50% range, so 25% of admitted freshmen are above this range and 25% are below.      

Profile of Admitted Students
Criteria

Middle 50%

GPA

3.2–3.75

Class rank

top 15–40%

ACT composite

21–25

ACT/SAT scores from the high school are accepted for admission.

All applications are reviewed on an individual basis. Some applicants may be placed on a postpone list for admission on a space-available basis.

A $100 deposit, refundable until May 1, 2016, is required to ensure a place in the fall 2016 class.

UW-Stout

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. Apply early.  Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and applications will be processed as long as space is available.

Students interested in Graphic Design and Interactive Media, and Game Design and Development-Art must submit a portfolio after being admitted to the university. For more information on specific portfolio requirements and deadlines, go to: Graphic Design and Interactive Media; B.F.A. in Game Design and Development-Art.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English: including literature, composition, rhetoric, and speech.

3

Mathematics: algebra I, geometry, and algebra II. A fourth year is strongly encouraged for majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

3

Natural Science

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science, and other academic, technical, and career areas.

Foreign language is not required for admission.

Academic preparation and success are the primary factors considered for admission to the university. Admission will be based on multiple criteria including academic rigor, academic GPA, trend in grades, rank in class, and ACT/SAT scores. We also consider nonacademic factors such as leadership, volunteerism, personal statement, letters of recommendation, honors and awards, socio-economic background, extracurricular activities, diversity of personal background, and work experience.

The following is a general profile of our admitted freshmen for fall 2015. They are the middle 50% range, so 25% of admitted freshmen are above this range and 25% are below.

Profile of Admitted Students
Criteria

Middle 50%

GPA

3.05–3.5

Class rank

top 18–46%

ACT composite

21–24

A select number of majors are competitive and require further academic achievement. List of these majors.

ACT/SAT scores from the high school are accepted for admission.

For some applicants, additional information will be required. The additional information may include a letter from the student addressing his or her potential for academic success, first quarter/semester senior grades, letters of recommendation, updated test scores if applicable, and any additional information the applicant wishes to provide.

No deposit required.

UW-Superior

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. Students who apply early have better opportunities for course selection and scholarships, if eligible.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English: including three credits of literature and composition.

3

Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and higher.

3

Natural Science

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science, and other academic, technical, and career areas.

New freshman applications are reviewed on multiple criteria including high school curriculum, cumulative GPA, class rank, and ACT/SAT score. Nonacademic factors that are also considered include leadership, community service, unique talents, and contribution to the diversity of the university.

New freshmen are likely to be admitted if they rank in the top 50% of their class or have a minimum ACT score of 21 (SAT equivalent).
   
ACT/SAT scores from the high school are accepted for admission. An official ACT/SAT score report, received directly from the testing agency, is preferred.       

Applicants below the top 50% of their class who have not earned a minimum ACT of 21 (SAT equivalent) may be considered for special programs through Student Support Services. Personal characteristics that contribute to the richness and diversity of the university will also be considered.

A $100 deposit, refundable until May 1, 2016, is required to ensure a place in the freshman class.

UW-Whitewater

Students may begin submitting applications on September 1, 2015. Admission is rolling and will remain open until the class is filled.  It is strongly recommended that students apply early, but the priority scholarship consideration deadline is February 1, 2016.

Specific Credit Requirements
Credits Subjects
4

English: including literature, composition, and rhetoric.

3

Mathematics: algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.

3

Natural Science: biology, chemistry, or physics are preferred.

3

Social Science/History

4

Electives: chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science, and other academic areas.

A comprehensive review is conducted for admission purposes. ACT/SAT results, an upward trend in grades, and strong academic rigor in course selection can impact admission decisions favorably. UW-Whitewater also considers nonacademic factors such as involvement, service and leadership, honors, work experience, and the personal statement.

The following is a general profile of our admitted freshmen for fall 2015. They are in the middle 50% range, so 25% of admitted freshmen are above this range and 25% are below.

Profile of Admitted Students
Criteria

Middle 50%

GPA

3.00 – 3.55

Class rank

Top 22-53%

ACT composite

20-25

ACT/SAT scores should be submitted at the time of application. Standardized exam scores provided by the high school are also accepted for admission review.

If there is not sufficient academic information to make a decision, more documentation may be requested to supplement an application for admission. When 7th-semester academic work is requested, the desire is to see an upward trend in academic performance to increase the chances of being admitted.

A $100 refundable enrollment deposit is required.

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