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Hopefully, after all your hard work getting ready, applying should be pretty easy. But we do get a number of students each year who get stuck. If it happens to you, please reach out to us at UW HELP at 1-800-442-6459 or and we’ll get you on your way. In the meantime, here are a few bonus tips!

Application Fees

For freshman and transfer applicants:

The following UW universities charge an application fee for every application submitted: UW-Eau Claire, UW La Crosse ($25), and UW-Madison ($70).

For the other UW universities, you may submit up to three applications for free to either the main campus or branch campus. After that, you will be charged $25 per application.

Note that UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater allow you to apply to both their main campuses and branch campuses. Doing so will incur the same fee as applying to any single campus within that university.

For domestic applicants, if you are concerned about paying application fees, please note your financial hardship on the personal information section of the application to apply for an application fee waiver.

Use a good email address

You should use an email address you know you will have access to in the future. For example, try not to use your high school email address because you probably won’t be able to access it after you graduate.

Selecting a major

Major emphases and concentrations

Some majors require you also choose a specific emphasis or concentration for your study. For example, Engineering may require you to specify Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.

Uploading documents

There are four types of files you can upload to help speed up your application process: your high school transcript, your high school schedule, your college course schedule (if you took any college courses in high school), and your resume (not required). Each file needs to be saved as a PDF and under 10 MB.

Applying to multiple campuses

You can apply to multiple UW campuses at the same time. You’ll still customize your application for each campus, but you won’t have to re-enter all your details like transcripts and personal information. At the end of your first application, simply click the “Apply to More Campuses” button and you’ll be on your way.

Feeling lost? Request a 1-to-1 session with UW HELP!

If you want extra assistance completing the online application for admissions, you can schedule a 1-to-1 session with UW HELP. Get a personal, 15-minute session with one of UW HELP’s outreach specialists to get the help you need.

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