Freshman - UW HELP

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The information in this section provides guidelines for new freshmen. Are you currently in high school and plan to attend a UW System campus? Graduated from high school but haven’t attended a college or university? If you said yes to either of those questions, you’re in the right place. We know you’re excited to get this whole college thing started. Let’s go!

Applying for freshman admission

It’s time to show us what makes you great and why you’ll flourish in the University of Wisconsin System. The following is what you’ll need to successfully apply for admissions.

Let’s get you started

Step A • Check the Guidelines and Requirements for your UW

Each UW System campus has their unique admission guidelines. You can review the specific requirements and guidelines for each UW. Remember, if you’re applying to more than one campus, you’ll want to review the guidelines for each.

Step B • prepare your essay

New Freshman applicants and transfer students are required to complete an essay as part of their UW application. It’s your chance to tell your story and help your UWs get to know you — the real you — a little better. Please note that students applying to UW-Madison and UW-La Crosse will also need to complete an additional essay.

Step C • Gather up your materials

We created a handy checklist for new Freshman applicants and transfer students to help make sure you haver everything you need on hand when you fill out our UW application.

Step D • apply!

Hopefully after all your hard work, this will be the easy part. Find out how to apply, plus get some tips and pointers to make your application a breeze.

Application Fee

The application fee for all UW campuses has been suspended for all undergraduate applicants, with the exception of UW-Eau Claire ($25), UW-Eau Claire – Barron County ($25), UW-La Crosse ($25), and UW-Madison ($60).

Please note UW campuses will continue to accept self-reported financial needs-based application fee waivers.




After You Apply

After you apply, your UW will send you an email to help guide you through their next steps. Each campus will have different requirements, so be sure to keep up with their dates and requirements!

Find out what’s next!