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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, intended major, rigor and breadth of curriculum, appropriateness of previous work for continued study at UW-Stout, and other predictors of success. Most transfer students admitted in recent years have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Grade trends by semester are taken into consideration as part of the review. If there are extenuating circumstances for any grades, please be sure to note this in your applicant essay/statement.

Note: For program admissions see "Minimum GPA Requirements for Admission Consideration for Specific Majors"

Minimum GPA Requirements for Admission Consideration to Specific Majors

All transfer students will be admitted as a Pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts (Pre-BFA) student.  Upon acceptance information will be provided on how to submit a portfolio and essay to be reviewed by a committee of School of Art & Design Faculty, who will determine direct admissions into the BFA major of your choice. You must be admitted first to receive the information.

There is a $10 application fee assessed at the time you electronically submit your portfolio.

If you are not approved for direct admission into your BFA program of choice after a review of your portfolio/essay or if you choose not to submit a portfolio/essay at the time, you may apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters depending upon available openings in the program.  BFA Foundations courses will be available to Pre-BFA students pending seat availability.

  • Earned a grade of C- or better in all college level science coursework previously taken.

If you do not meet this requirement, you will be admitted as a Pre-Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. You may then qualify for the Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major by completing the appropriate courses at UW-Stout.

A 2.75 cumulative GPA is desired. Subsequent acceptance into the School of Education and enrollment in professional education coursework will require successful completion of Benchmark I requirements (identified below).

  • Applied Mathematics & Computer Science – Math Education
  • Art Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Marketing & Business Education
  • Special Education
  • Technology Education

Benchmark I requirements: Students should start preparing for admission to the professional program now. They will advance to the education major when they complete the following (may occur during first-semester enrollment):

  • Completed 30 semester credit hours at an accredited college (6 credits earned at UW-Stout)
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 at UW-Stout
  • Passed the National Background check – good for 3 years
  • Completed the following courses with a minimum grade of “C” required (some program standards may be higher)
    • ENGL 101
    • ENGL 102
    • COMST 100
    • Introduction to the major course or CTE-302 (3 credits) for distance delivery students
    • EDUC 326 Foundations of Education or CTE 302 Principles of Career and Technical Education (3 credits, for distance delivery students)
  • The PRAXIS I, ACT, SAT or GRE exam is no longer required for teacher candidates who apply for Benchmark I effective July 2, 2020.

Transfer students and second-degree students must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and must complete the following courses before acceptance to the Dietetics program:

  • College Algebra
  • College Chemistry or Chemistry for Health Sciences (College Algebra required as a prerequisite)
  • Physiology & Anatomy
  • Students not meeting these requirements will be admitted as pre-dietetics and remain as such until the above courses have been completed.

The Ideal Candidate: Individuals enrolling in this program should have at least 45 credits from another institution or through prior learning. In addition, students should have a minimum of 3 years of professional work experience. Candidates for the BS Individualized Studies program are likely looking to advance their careers, change careers, or start a business.

Program Application

To successfully apply to the program, you must complete the following additional materials document.

Additional Materials Document (Online)

The additional materials document requires that you:

  1. Answer a few short questions about your education and career
  2. Upload a current resume/curriculum vitae
  3. Write a statement of interest
    • Describe your professional goals. Explain how this degree will help you reach your career goals.

Credit and Other Requirements for Admission Consideration

Applicants transferring with 12 or less credits will also be reviewed using the new freshman admission requirements.

Anticipated Application Deadlines/Priority Dates

Accepting Applications: August 1, 2024
(Applications are accepted on a rolling basis)

Will admit until full.

Registration Dates

Admitted transfers will be notified of registration and orientation information beginning early March and ongoing as students are accepted. Admitted transfers will also be allowed to register at the same time as continuing students beginning around the same time as our current juniors. Students transferring as an undeclared major or with less than 15 credits will be advised by a first-year adviser.

Special Information

Admission requirements and dates may be modified because of changing enrollment demands.