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To be considered for admission, you must submit a University of Wisconsin System Application for Undergraduate Admissions. Any required materials should be sent to the UW Colleges Office of Admissions, 780 Regent Street, Madison, WI  53715.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $44 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 Submission Timeline

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.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Types of Students page for application procedures that apply specifically to returning adult students, re-entry students, transfer students, special students, high school students, auditors and international students.

New Freshmen

To be admitted 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 your campus before you will be permitted to register for classes.


Students who fail to meet these requirements may appeal to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs 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 Student Affairs Office.


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

Reciprocity Application & Information

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


The University 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.

To check on the status of an application, please contact the UW Colleges Office of Admissions at 888-INFO-UWC or uwcadmissions@uwc.edu.