Freshman Admission

If you are currently in high school and plan to attend a college or university after graduation from high school or a student who graduated from high school but has not attended a college or university since high school graduation, you are classified as new freshmen for admission purposes. The information in this section provides admission guidelines for new freshmen and information on how to apply to UW System campuses.

Admission Policies

Freshman admission policy provides for a comprehensive, individualized review of applicants. It enables each UW System campus to admit students whose academic preparation, background, and personal experience suggest that they will succeed at the campus, benefit from the educational experience, and contribute to the educational environment.

Of primary consideration in the admission decision are academic factors: rigor and quality of high school course work, rank in class, grade point average (GPA), ACT/SAT test scores, and trend in grades. Other factors that will be considered include, but are not limited to, student experiences, work experience, leadership qualities, motivation, community service, special talents, status as a nontraditional or returning adult student, status as a veteran of the U.S. military, whether the applicant is socioeconomically disadvantaged, and whether the applicant is a member of a historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group.

Guidelines, policies, and procedural information will provide answers to many questions concerning admission. If additional assistance is needed, contact the admissions office at any UW System campus or UW HELP.

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