Application Checklist for High School Students - UW HELP

Application Checklist for High School Students

Here’s a handy checklist of all the things incoming freshmen and transfer students will need to have on hand when you fill out your application. Our goal is to make it so you can fill out your application in one sitting, in less than 30 minutes.


  • Social Security Number (optional)
  • City, state, and country of birth
  • Country of citizenship
  • Do your parents/guardians have four-year college degrees?

Preferred major (optional)

  • Some majors may require you to select a specific emphasis or concentration

Residency for tuition purposes?

Ask your parent or guardian the following questions.

  • Have they filed Wisconsin income tax returns within the past two years?
  • Do they work in a state besides Wisconsin?
  • Was Wisconsin the last place they registered to vote or voted?
  • Do they hold a valid Wisconsin driver’s license?

parent / guardian information (optional)

  • Have your parents/guardians served in the military?
  • Parent/Guardian email
  • Parent/Guardian phone number

unofficial transcript

  • A PDF copy of your unofficial high school transcript

Course list

  • Your senior schedule — either:
    • A PDF copy of your senior year schedule or unofficial transcript listing senior year courses, or
    • A list of your courses for senior year, with credits per course, so you can manually enter them in your application

College courses in high school (if applicable)

  • A PDF copy of your unofficial college transcript, or a list of the college courses you are taking during your senior year to manually enter including course title, course number, and course credits

Extracurricular activities

  • List of academic activities, sporting activities, etc. Include for each activity:
    • Grades during which you participated
    • Level of participation in each activity
    • Leadership roles and awards received in each activity
    • Whether you intend to continue in these activities in college

Employment history (optional)

  • You can upload a PDF of your resume or enter the information into your online application. Make sure you include the following information for each job:
    • Employer name(s)
    • City and state
    • Job title
    • Whether you are currently employed and start date
    • Average number of hours worked per week

Completed essay

  • Find the essay questions for your UWs here.

Application fee

  • The Universities of Wisconsin Application allows up to three free applications to any campus except for the campuses below. Additional applications after the three free will charge an additional $25 per application. You can self-report the need for an application fee waiver on the application. The following campuses have an application fee at all times:
    • UW-Eau Claire ($25)
    • UW-Eau Claire – Barron County ($25)
    • UW-La Crosse ($25)
    • UW-Madison ($70)

Letter of recommendation

  • A letter of recommendation is not required for admission to a UW campus except UW-Madison, which requires a single letter from an academic source like a teacher or counselor.