Freshman Admission Guidelines

General Notes

Beginning date for application submission: Applications for admission are processed beginning September 15 for the following fall semester at all UW System campuses.

Profile of Admitted Freshmen: Some campuses have a general profile of admitted freshmen. The ranges given represent the middle 50 percent of admitted freshmen. This means that 25 percent of admitted freshmen are above the range and 25 percent of admitted freshmen are below it.

Example: A profile shows ACT composite score as one criterion and the range given for that criterion is 23–27. This means that 50 percent of admitted freshmen have ACT composite scores between 23 and 27; 25 percent of admitted freshmen have ACT composite scores higher than 27; and 25 percent of admitted freshmen have ACT composite scores below 23.

Campus

Application Priority Dates

Rank, GPA, and Test Scores

Waiting List or Postponed Admission

UW Colleges (freshman/sophomore campuses)

Apply for fall 2014 admission by May 1, 2014. Apply for spring 2015 admission by December 1, 2014. Some UW Colleges will accept applications after the application date.

The UW Colleges is an institution of access. New freshman applicants are likely to be admitted if they rank in the top 75 percent of their class.
ACT/SAT scores must be received before a student is allowed to register for classes. Contact the appropriate UW Colleges Student Services Office for more information.

Meeting the basic requirements does not ensure admission. Some applicants may be placed on a waiting list for admission on a space-available basis. The Student Services Office will notify wait-listed students of the dates by which they will be notified of a final admission status.

UW-Eau Claire

Submit an application and all required documents for fall 2014 admission no later than December 1, 2013, for priority consideration, and by February 1, 2014 for space-available consideration.

Admission is competitive and selective. We consider high school performance (class rank, rigor of course work, 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.

Profile of Admitted Freshmen

Criteria

Middle 50%

Class Rank

67th–89th percentile

ACT Composite

23–27

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.

Some applicants who apply before February 1, 2014, 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, 2014. Admission will be offered to as many postponed applicants as possible to fill the freshman class.

UW-Green Bay

Applications for fall 2014 will be processed beginning on September 15, 2013. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applications will be processed as long as space is available. Early application is encouraged.

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, extra/co-curricular participation, and letters of recommendation (if provided).

Profile of Admitted Student

Criteria 

Middle 50%

GPA 

3.05–3.68

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.

UW-La Crosse

Applications for fall 2014 are accepted beginning September 15, 2013. All complete applications received by February 1, 2014, will receive full consideration. Applications received or completed after that date will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications for spring 2014 are accepted beginning September 1, 2013.

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.

Profile of Admitted Freshmen

Criteria

Middle 50%

Class Rank

73rd–90th percentile

ACT Composite

23–27

Official ACT/SAT score reports, received directly from the testing agency, are required 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. Student will be notified of a final admission decision no later than May 1, 2014.

UW-Madison

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

Freshman Deadlines and Notifications

Term

Deadline

Notification

First Fall Notification

Nov. 1

By the end of January

Second Fall Notification

Feb. 1

By the end of March

Spring Term

Oct. 1

End of December

Transfer/Reentry Student Deadlines and Notifications

Term

Deadline

Notification

Fall Term

Feb. 1

End of April

Spring Term

Oct. 1

End of December

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, a letter of recommendation, and consistent involvement in activities in or out of school are also considered.

Profile of Admitted Students

Criteria

Middle 50%

Unweighted Academic GPA

3.5–3.9

Class Rank

85th–96th percentile

ACT Composite

27–30

SAT Composite

1800–2000

Official ACT or SAT score reports including the writing exam are required and should be sent directly from the testing agency.

When our admission counselors review an application, they make one of three admission decisions—admit, deny, or postpone. 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. 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.

UW-Milwaukee

Applications are accepted beginning September 15, 2013, for fall 2014. For most programs, applications are accepted until July 1 for fall (December 1 for spring). We may stop admitting earlier if enrollment capacity has been reached.

For Architecture or Nursing, apply by March 1 for fall, or by November 1 for spring. For Art or Music, apply by March 15 for full consideration.

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 (SAT equivalent). 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.

UW-Oshkosh

Apply early. Applications for fall 2014 will be accepted beginning September 15, 2013. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and applications will be processed as long as space is available.

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 the life circumstances that will positively contribute to the strength of the university and reflects its mission and values.

Profile of Admitted Freshmen

Criteria

Middle 50%

Class Rank 

Top 17–40%

GPA 

3.06–3.65

ACT Composite

21–24

ACT/ 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.

UW-Parkside

Apply early. Applications for fall 2014 will be accepted beginning September 15, 2013. 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.

New freshmen are likely to be admitted if they rank in the top 50% of their class or have a minimum ACT composite score of 20 (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.

All applicants are reviewed on an individual basis. Some applicants may be asked to submit additional information to assist in making an informed admission decision.

UW-Platteville

Apply early. Applications for fall 2014 will be accepted beginning September 15, 2013.

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, and applications will be processed as long as space is available.

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 recommendations, 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.

UW-River Falls

Apply as early as September 15, 2013, for fall 2014. Students are admitted on a rolling basis. All applications received by February 1, 2014, will be considered for admission. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Students interested in Elementary Education or Animal Science majors should apply early (October or November), as those programs fill quickly.

Students who rank in the top 40% of their class or have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (SAT equivalent) will typically be admitted. Enrollment in the Elementary Education or Animal Science majors is limited and competitive. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

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.

UW-Stevens Point

Applications are accepted beginning September 15, 2013. Apply, be accepted, and submit the $100 enrollment deposit before the freshman class total is reached for fall 2014 admission. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Admission is competitive. Academic preparation (class rank, rigor of course work, 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.

Profile of Admitted Freshmen

Criteria

Middle 50%

Class Rank

Top 14–36%

GPA

3.2–3.75

ACT Composite

21–26

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.

UW-Stout

Applications are accepted beginning September 15, 2013. Apply as early as possible (recommended by January 1) for fall 2014.

Students interested in Graphic Design and Interactive Media, and Game Design and Development will have to submit a portfolio after being admitted to the university. For more information on the specific portfolio requirements and deadlines:

Graphic Design and Interactive Media

Game Design and Development

Academic preparation and success are the primary factors considered for admission. Admission will be based on multiple criteria including academic rigor, GPA, trend in grades, rank in class, and ACT/SAT scores.

We also consider nonacademic such as leadership, volunteerism, personal statement, letters of recommendation, honors and awards, socio-economic background, extracurricular activities, diversity of personal background, and work experience.

New freshmen are likely to be admitted if they rank in the top 50% of their class or have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (SAT equivalent).

A select number of majors are competitive and require further academic achievement. Go to admissions.uwstout.edu/criteria to see a list of these majors.

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

For some applicants, additional information will be requested. 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.

UW-Superior

Apply as soon as possible beginning September 15, 2013, for fall 2014. Students who apply early have better opportunities for course selection and scholarships, if eligible.

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 composite score 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.

UW-Whitewater

For fall 2014, the priority consideration deadline is January 1, 2014.

A comprehensive review is conducted for admission purposes. Typically, students who rank in the top 40% of their high school class are more likely to be offered admission. ACT/SAT results, an upward trend in grades, and strong academic rigor in course selection can impact admission decisions favorably.

ACT/SAT scores should be submitted at time of application. Unofficial scores from the high school are accepted. ACT/SAT scores are used for both admission and course placement at UW-Whitewater

If there is not sufficient academic information to make a decision, more documentation may be requested to supplement an application for admission. When 7th or 8th semester academic work is requested, the desire is to see an upward trend in academic performance to increase the chances of being admitted.

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