Application Process

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Online Application

  • Apply Now!: To be considered for admission, you must submit a University of Wisconsin System Application for Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Supplementary materials: Any required materials should be sent to: UW Colleges Office of Admissions, 780 Regent Street, Madison, WI 53715.
  • Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $50 must accompany the application for prospective freshmen and transfer students. The fee is not required if you previously attended a UW Colleges campus as a degree-seeking student. Special students do not pay the application fee unless they become degree candidates.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted after September 15 for the following fall or spring semester or summer term. High school students are encouraged to apply early in their senior year. Early applicants have an advantage in obtaining academic counseling, financial aid and their preferred schedule of courses.


UW Colleges follows a rolling admissions deadline, which means that when a student's application file is complete, it is reviewed and a decision regarding admission is made by the UW Colleges Office of Admissions.

Application Status

To check on the status of an application, please contact the UW Colleges Office of Admissions at 888-INFO-UWC (463-6892) or

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to the UW Colleges as a new freshman, a student must:

  1. Have graduated from a recognized high school, have a certificate of GED, or present other evidence of ability to begin university work.
  2. Have a minimum of 17 college preparatory credits. Thirteen of the 17 credits must be distributed as follows:
    • English: 4 credits
    • Social Science: 3 credits
    • Math: 3 credits (must include at least one credit of algebra and the equivalent of one credit of geometry)
    • Natural Science: 3 credits
    • The remaining four credits will be from the above areas, foreign languages, fine arts, computer science or other academic areas.
  3. Take the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The ACT or SAT scores must be received by the UW Colleges before you will be permitted to register for classes.

Students who fail to meet these requirements may appeal to the Director of Admissions for an exemption. Particular consideration will be given to applicants on the basis of minority group status, physical or learning disability, U.S. Armed Forces veteran status, age group, incarceration, or economic or educational disadvantage. Applicants who have special needs should contact the Solution Center.


Regulations determining residency status for University of Wisconsin admission and tuition are in the Wisconsin Statutes. Students are classified as a resident or non-resident when they are admitted to the University of Wisconsin System.

Students who do not qualify as a Wisconsin resident must pay non-resident tuition in addition to student fees. Residency regulations for tuition purposes differ from those established for voting or paying taxes.

Minnesota residents may qualify for Minnesota's resident tuition by applying to the:

Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO)
1450 Energy Park Drive
Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227
651-642-0567 or 1-800-657-3866 

Students who have been residents of Menominee County, Michigan, for at least one year prior to their enrollment date may enroll at University of Wisconsin-Marinette County as Michigan-Wisconsin compact students. This compact agreement permits students to pay the resident tuition rate at University of Wisconsin-Marinette County only.

Students who are classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes and believe their classification is incorrect should contact the campus Solution Center.

High Risk Students

Students will be required to participate in special programming if they have any of the following characteristics:

  • high school class rank in lowest quartile
  • GED or HSED certificate
  • high school academic course deficiencies
  • transfer student entering on probation

Special Programming

  • You will receive mandatory advising prior to registration.
  • At the discretion of your advisor and the UW Colleges, you may be required to:
    • restrict your course load and course selection
    • attend regular meetings with an advisor throughout the semester or session
    • enroll in appropriate basic skills courses and/or tutoring
  • You will be required to meet with an advisor prior to each registration until you achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 with 12 or more UW Colleges credits.
  • If your scores on the English or mathematics placement tests indicate that you must enroll in remedial course work, UW policy requires that you successfully complete the remedial course(s) before you earn a total of 30 credits. In addition, you may be required to limit the number of credits carried while you are enrolled in remedial courses.
  • If you do not wish to register under these conditions, you may appeal for an exception to the appropriate committee at your UW Colleges campus.

Advanced Standing Credit

If you are a degree-seeking freshman or sophomore, you may earn advanced standing credit for specific college-level courses.

Those courses are determined by the academic departments that serve the University. For complete information, visit the UW Colleges website

In some cases, standard examinations such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the College Board Advanced Placement Examination are used. Advanced standing credits will be recorded on your transcript as such and grades will not be assigned to those courses.

Please contact the Solution Center for additional information about earning advanced standing credits.

Have more questions?

Visit the UW Colleges admissions website or contact the Admissions Department at 888-INFO-UWC (463-6892) or

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