An overview for quickly and easily completing the University of Wisconsin System application for admission.
Gather This Information Before Starting Your Application
- High school transcripts
- Your Social Security number
- List of extracurricular activities
- ACT/SAT score(s) and date(s) taken
- Credit card, if paying the application fee online
- Name of your high school
- Name of higher education institutions attended
- College transcripts, if you previously attended college
Great Resources to Complete the UW Application
- Each of our campuses has different application priority dates and deadlines, and it is important to know what those are. Learn More
- Applicant Statement Prompts
- Five tips about writing applicant statements from the UW HELP team
- Information about letters of recommendation
- Application Fee Waiver Request Form
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I list all high school courses that I have taken?
A: The application requires you to only list the courses that you are currently taking in high school or college.
Q: Where do I list dual-credit courses (courses that I am earning both high school and college credit)?
A: Courses that you are currently taking AND will be earning both high school credit and college credit need to be listed in the both the college courses in progress and high school courses in progress. Once you list a dual-credit course in the high school section the application will populate the college section.
Q: How do I apply to multiple UW System campuses?
A: If you want to apply to another UW System campus, do that after you submit the application for your first campus. Click “create a new application” and answer those first 8 questions. Once those questions are answered, the application will autofill what the system already knows about you from the previous application. Applying to more campuses takes much less time than applying to that first campus.
Q: Do I have to pay an application fee for each UW System campus application?
A: The fee is required for each degree-seeking application submitted. The application fee is $50 for all campuses and $60 for UW-Madison.
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Application Statement Tips
- "How long should my statement be?” is one of the most frequently asked questions. Typically, campuses are looking for statements that are between 300-600 words. Compose your statement with clear and concise writing, as style matters more than length.
- Be realistic about what the application statement can do. The most important part of your application is the academic record that you spent years building. A strong statement will not make up for a weak academic record. Yet, if you had a life event that impacted your grades or test scores, the statement is place to explain what happened.
- Closely read the question(s) the admissions office is asking of you. Showing that you read and responded to the question(s) being asked is a very positive statement of its own!
- Think of your statement as a replacement for an in-person admissions interview. It is your chance to use your own voice, tell your own story, and put you best foot forward.
- You are finished writing! What’s next? Proofreading. Another set of eyes can help point out inconsistencies and grammar mistakes, and help you clarify your remarks.