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Transfer Admission Requirements

Life happens and things change. We get that. Maybe you want to explore a new major not offered at your current campus. Or maybe you want to experience a bigger (or smaller) campus. Whatever the reason, a smooth transition is the goal. This section covers the admission requirements for transfer students. If you’ve enrolled at a college/university and now wish to attend a UW System campus, you’re in the right spot.

Transfer Admission Requirements Fall 2025

Transfer Admission Guidelines

All applications receive a comprehensive review. Admission decisions are based on GPA, the number of credits earned, rigor and breadth of curriculum, and other predictors of success. Transfer students are likely to be admitted if they have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 or higher in college transfer courses and are in good standing at the institution they are currently attending or have attended. Please keep in mind that some of UWM’s academic programs may have additional requirements for direct admission into their majors.

Minimum GPA Requirements for Admission Consideration to Specific Majors


No further steps are required to be eligible for acceptance into UWM’s Department of Art & Design. However, incoming transfer students interested in applying for an Art scholarship must submit a portfolio by December 15 for consideration. More information on scholarship requirements here: http://uwm.edu/arts/apply/


To be eligible for acceptance into any Dance program, incoming new transfers must first complete a successful audition. Transfer students must complete a minimum of half of the required dance credits while in residence at UWM in order to graduate. A transcript evaluation by a dance advisor is required before placement into dance major courses. Students interested in department-level scholarships must audition by March 1 for priority consideration. More information here: http://uwm.edu/arts/apply/


No further steps are required to be eligible for acceptance into UWM’s Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres. However, transfer students interested in applying for a Film scholarship should complete the requirements by December 15. More scholarship  information here: http://uwm.edu/arts/apply/


To be eligible for acceptance into any Music program, incoming new transfers must first complete a successful audition. It’s suggested that you submit all application materials at a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the audition date. More information on auditions and other application materials here: http://uwm.edu/arts/apply/


All Theatre BFA (Acting, Musical Theatre, Production) and Theatre Education programs require a successful audition or interview prior to enrollment. It’s suggested that you submit all application materials at a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the audition date. Upon acceptance to the university, students may declare a Theatre BA without audition or interview.  More information here: http://uwm.edu/arts/apply/


Students can contact Peck School of the Arts advisors with questions by emailing uwmpsoa@uwm.edu.

Transfer students should apply by April 1st for fall admission. Applicants who have earned at least 12 credits with a minimum 2.50 GPA will be considered for admission. Currently, a 3.1 is the average GPA of students accepted into Level 2 of the architecture program. The program is very competitive and selective.

We encourage you to reach out to Tammy Taylor, Undergraduate Administrator for SARUP early in the transfer process. She can be reached via email: ttaylor@uwm.edu or by phone:  (414) 229-4015.

The following criteria are typically needed for applicants to transfer to the undergraduate pre-engineering major:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 12 credits;
  2. Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 on all completed coursework;
  3. Eligible to enroll in Math 232 or higher-level math course (Completion of the equivalent of Math 231 with minimum C grade).

All transfer applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be holistically reviewed by the College of Engineering & Applied Science. Students can contact the advisors in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at ceas-adv@uwm.edu.

The following criteria must be met for applicants to transfer to the undergraduate pre-nursing curriculum:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 15 credits;
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 on all completed coursework;
  3. Grade of B or better in a transferrable science class

Application to the clinical nursing major is a selective process. There is increasing competition for available spots in clinical. It is probable that not all eligible students will be accommodated. Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.50 as calculated by the College of Nursing on pertinent physical/biological science courses and a minimum grade of “C” in each required course. Students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher on the 45 required credits. Applications are due by January 15 for the fall clinical and August 15 for the spring clinical.

It is important to meet with an advisor in the College of Nursing as soon as possible for students considering transferring to the program. They can be contacted at uwmnurse@uwm.edu 

Credit and Other Requirements for Admission Consideration

Programs other than those listed require 12 or more attempted transferable credits at an accredited institution (applicants with fewer than 12 credits will be evaluated on the same basis as new freshmen).

Anticipated Application Deadlines/Priority Dates

Accepting applications: August 1, 2024

Priority Consideration Deadline: March 1, 2025

Final Deadline: August 1, 2025

Applications will not be accepted after the August 1st final deadline for Fall.

Registration Dates

All admitted transfer students are required to complete the online Transfer and Adult Student Orientation course to become eligible to enroll. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to select courses prior to enrollment.

Admitted transfer students who are eligible to enroll prior to or during the priority enrollment period (April) are assigned the best possible enrollment appointment alongside continuing students based on earned credits. Transfer students who are admitted after priority enrollment may enroll as soon as they are eligible.

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