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If you wish to apply as a degree candidate (freshman, re-entry, or transfer student), visit the University of Wisconsin System application website. You will need to supply the necessary documents like test scores and transcripts separately. We will accept transcripts and test results submitted electronically from a vendor or testing agency. You will be notified of any additional materials needed to complete your application (including what we still need from you to make an admission decision) and can track the receipt of these documents as well as the progress of your application review online via PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services).
If you wish to apply as a non-degree or summer guest student, you also may use the electronic applications available here. If you require a paper application, you can download a PDF of any applications from this site.
Students may get in touch with us for easy access to an online information request form, as well as phone, email, live chat, and social media contact information. We are able to respond to any questions about visiting UWM, the application process, materials required, which application to submit, or any other concerns you might have.
UWM begins accepting undergraduate applications on September 15 for the following fall term, with a priority application deadline of March 1. After the priority deadline, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will continue to review applications on a case-by-case basis until enrollment capacity has been reached. Applications for the spring term (classes start in January) are typically accepted until December 1. However, some programs have earlier deadlines and/or requirements. Check our website for up-to-date information.
It is to your advantage to apply early so that you receive important information as soon as possible, not to mention scholarship consideration.
Variations in Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Architecture and Urban Planning
Admission to the School of Architecture and Urban Planning is selective and competitive. Most students admitted to the School will have a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 unweighted scale and have a composite ACT score of at least 23 (SAT 1070). The application priority date for Architecture and Urban Planning is March 1 (for the subsequent fall term) or December 1 (for the spring term), but earlier application is advised. Performance on standardized tests, grade point average, and class rank is only a portion of the admission decision. Other factors include the applicant statements, rigor of high school curriculum, letters of recommendation, and extra-curricular activities.
Engineering and Applied Science
Admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science is selective. The primary review factors are the strength and quality of the high school curriculum, high school class rank if available, grade point average, and ACT or SAT results. Well-prepared applicants will have four years of high school mathematics at the level of algebra and above and four years of natural science including biology, chemistry, and physics. Relevant non-academic factors are also considered. See the CEAS section of this Catalog for additional specific information.
High school science units must include at least one year of high school chemistry. Admission to the pre-nursing program is selective. The application priority date is March 1 for fall applicants. Apply as early as possible; applications will be accepted only until program capacity has been reached.
Peck School of the Arts
- Dance: An audition is required for entry into both the Dance BFA and BA. Audition dates are scheduled during the fall, spring, and summer terms. More information is available through the Dance department.
- Art & Design: The Department of Art & Design requires all incoming students to submit a portfolio for review. The portfolio is required in order to be considered for the Art & Design Incoming Student Scholarship. Portfolio deadlines are October 15 (for spring admission) and March 1 (for summer or for fall admission with consideration for scholarships). More information through Art & Design.
- Music: Students wishing to enter the UWM Music Department must interview and/or audition for admittance to any of the Music degree programs. You must arrange for an instrument or voice audition in person, online, Skype, or alternate submission. More information here.
It is strongly recommended that you apply online. Most applicants find it faster and more convenient, and applications are received and processed much more quickly. To apply for admission as a new freshman, see the Freshman section of this page.
For the latest admissions information, visit the UWM's Undergraduate Admissions page or call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222.
Four-Year Graduation Guarantee
Many students choose to attend classes part time, but for others, attending full time in order to obtain their degree as quickly as possible is the top priority. If that is your goal, UWM's Four-Year Graduation Guarantee may be for you.
To qualify, students must enter UWM as new freshmen during the fall term and must have appropriate academic preparation and placement test scores. They then sign a contract agreeing to satisfy other specified academic progress requirements while following the prescribed program of study. UWM, in turn, guarantees that students who fulfill these requirements will be able to complete their undergraduate degree within four years of initial enrollment at UWM. This program is available within all of UWM's baccalaureate programs, although specific requirements may vary. Your academic advisor can provide more information about this option, or contact the academic advising office of the school or college to which you will be seeking admission.
Advising and Orientation for New Students
All new students are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New freshmen are required to participate in an advising, registration, and orientation program prior to their first semester of enrollment. These programs are held during the summer for students entering in the fall semester and during January for students entering in the spring semester. A family and guest orientation program is held concurrently with the student program.
In order to be invited to an orientation, new freshmen must take their Placement Tests, complete their University Housing contract or exemption form, pay their University Housing down payment (if applicable), and pay the $150 New Student Confirmation Deposit. More detailed information about this process will be mailed to you upon admission to the University. For more information, see our Admitted Students page. Advising and enrollment programs for transfer and non-traditional students also are conducted each year. Participation is strongly encouraged. Information is linked through our Student Orientation page.
Summer Sessions Enrollment
Students admitted as degree candidates at UWM for the summer term may attend summer sessions and continue in the fall semester, provided they continue to satisfy established academic standards. Admission requirements are the same as for other semesters. Students enrolled for the spring semester automatically receive registration information for summer sessions.
New freshmen or transfer students admitted for the fall semester also may request a change of term to the preceding Summer Session in order to begin their studies earlier at UWM. For more information about a term change, call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222. Or submit a term change form.
Students enrolled at another college or university during the academic year who wish to attend UWM during the summer term only may qualify for admission as Summer Guest students. See the Non-degree section of this page for specific information.
Find more information about summer sessions enrollment here.
Admission to Pre-professional Programs
Students pursuing pre-professional programs in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Peck School of the Arts, Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, School of Education, College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, and Helen Bader School of Social Welfare are admitted directly into those schools and colleges and are advised there. However, admission to a pre-professional program does not guarantee subsequent admission to the professional program or major.
Admission to the professional program/major occurs only after a student has completed the specific pre-professional requirements outlined in the school and college sections of this catalog. Admission to the pre-professional program does not imply or guarantee that a student will be able to enter or complete a professional program/major within any specific time period and, in fact, admission to some professional programs/majors is very competitive. Enrollment in required courses is subject to limitation.
Requirements for employment, licensing, or professional organizations: Students should be aware that some professions and occupations are subject to licensing and/or bonding requirements. When a course of study includes clinical or field training, practice teaching, internships, or the like, students may be subjected to a check of criminal conviction records prior to acceptance by the placement site. Students are responsible for obtaining the information necessary to become knowledgeable about special requirements such as these and should plan their studies accordingly.
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Freshman Admission Policy Statement
UWM will consider applicants who present evidence of appropriate preparation and potential for intellectual development. Both academic and non-academic factors will be assessed in an individualized, comprehensive applicant review. Academic factors considered include high school graduation or the equivalent, completion of an appropriate college preparatory curriculum, and evidence of academic ability and readiness based on the applicant's high school record and performance on standardized tests. Relevant non-academic factors include characteristics or experiences that will contribute to UWM's diversity, support the University's educational mission, and provide additional evidence of the applicant's academic potential.
Freshman Admission Standards
Freshman applicants will typically demonstrate an appropriate level of preparation and potential by providing evidence of the following:
- High school graduation or its equivalent
Graduation from a recognized high school or its equivalent (e.g., high school equivalency certificate or a diploma based on the GED or Wisconsin High School Equivalency Examination) is required. All freshman applicants must submit an official high school transcript with their application.
Those who have completed the General Educational Development or Wisconsin High School Equivalency Examination are required to submit official test results, in addition to ACT or SAT test results, and an official transcript of any high school work they have completed. Applicants who are home-schooled, who have completed an alternative high school curriculum, or whose secondary school credentials are otherwise non-traditional, will be given full consideration for admission but may be required to present additional evidence demonstrating academic preparation.
- Completion of an appropriate college preparatory curriculum
Satisfactory completion of at least 17 credits (1 credit = 1 year) of high school courses, distributed as shown in the following chart, is the minimum expectation. Additional coursework beyond this minimum level is strongly encouraged and will increase the applicant’s likelihood of academic success at the university. Some academic programs have additional academic preparation requirements.
- Evidence of academic ability and readiness as demonstrated by academic performance in high school
All relevant academic factors are considered, including grades and grade point average; high school class rank (if available); choice of curriculum; and strength of the academic program relative to the course offerings available to the student in the high school.
- Evidence of academic ability and readiness as demonstrated by performance on standardized test
All freshman applicants except those who are age 21 or older the semester they wish to enter UWM must submit official ACT or SAT scores. Students over the age of 21 may submit standardized test scores if they so desire. In some cases, applicants may be asked to undergo additional testing or supply additional materials before an admission decision is made.
- Additional factors considered
Additional factors will be considered as part of the application review process. These might include, but are not limited to: evidence of leadership, creativity, special talents or abilities; membership in an underrepresented racial or ethnic group; veteran status; involvement in community service; educational or economic disadvantage; evidence of motivation and maturity; or other relevant factors that provide evidence of the applicant’s readiness for university-level study. If we need to obtain additional information from you, we will communicate this to you after the initial review of your application.
Applicants lacking some of the specific academic qualifications listed in sections 1-4 above may be offered admission if, on the basis of other factors, they appear to have a reasonable probability of success.
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Transfer Student Admission and Acceptance of Transfer Credit
Transfer Admission Guidelines
Transfer admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. The following factors are taken into consideration when reviewing applications:
- Demonstrated satisfactory academic progress
- Successful completion of college-level math and English courses
- Total credit hours completed
- Academic standing at previous institution
If you have fewer than 12 transferable credits, we will also review your high school academic records.
Additional Specific Requirements
Transfer admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the College of Nursing is selective. Many programs in the Peck School of the Arts have audition or portfolio requirements. In addition, admission to many other individual programs/majors is competitive and subject to capacity limitations, with higher standards or additional criteria considered. For more details, check the admission requirements listed for the particular academic program in which you are interested.
International students have additional application requirements; see that section for details.
Apply electronically via the University of Wisconsin System electronic application website. If you apply electronically, you will need to submit the necessary supporting documents separately. Electronic transcripts sent from schools and third party vendors should be sent to email@example.com. Transfer applicants must submit, at minimum:
- a completed application form;
- official high school transcript(s);
- official transcript(s) from any post-secondary institution(s) attended; and
- the application fee (if required).
You will be notified of any additional materials needed to complete your application. Complete instructions and information about applicable deadlines are available on the website.
If you are unable to apply online, a PDF may be downloaded from https://apply.wisconsin.edu to print and mail in.
The Registrar’s Office will review your prior college coursework and post your transfer credit equivalencies to your PAWS account. This process can take 1-2 weeks following admission to the university, so it is important that you apply early in order to have this information in time for academic advising and registration prior to your desired term of enrollment (see dates and deadlines below).
Recommended Filing Dates for Transfer Students
Filing and completing your application for admission (including all transcripts and the application fee) as early as possible is recommended so that transfer students are able to receive an appointment to register for classes at approximately the same time as continuing students. In general, a decision on a complete application is made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions within 2-4 weeks, and transfer credit evaluations are completed within four weeks of the date of admission. Recommended dates by which a completed application should be on file are as follows: February 15 (summer and fall terms) and September 15 (spring term).
Application Deadlines for Transfer Students
Fall term: UWM begins accepting undergraduate applications on September 15 for the following fall term, with a priority deadline of March 1. After the priority deadline, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will continue to review applications on a case-by-case basis until enrollment capacity has been reached.
Spring term: Applications for the spring term (classes start in January) are typically accepted until December 1. However, some programs have earlier deadlines and/or requirements. Check our website for up-to-date information.
Earlier deadlines apply for certain programs and applications received after enrollment capacity has been reached may not be reviewed. The application priority date for Nursing and Architecture and Urban Planning is March 1 (for the subsequent fall term) or November 1 (for the spring term). For Art & Design or Music, apply by March 1 for scholarship consideration. Check our website for up-to-date information and for applicable deadlines for other terms.
Transfer Credit Acceptance
Credit is generally awarded for relevant and appropriate college-level coursework successfully completed at institutions accredited by a regional accrediting association. Credit also may be awarded for college-level work successfully completed at degree-granting institutions accredited by other national accrediting organizations that are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), assuming the provisions outlined below also are met. (Foreign institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education, or equivalent, of the home country.)
In order for credit to be awarded, courses must typically be similar in nature, level, and content to a course in UWM's undergraduate curriculum, and be applicable to one of UWM's academic programs at the baccalaureate level. Credit generally is not awarded for continuing education coursework or for courses that are remedial, vocational, technical, or doctrinal in nature.
Additional transfer credit may be awarded to students who enter specific programs for which UWM has established articulation agreements or other program-specific transfer credit agreements, with a partner institution.
Seventy-two (72) credits is the maximum total number of credits that may be awarded for coursework earned at one or any combination of two-year (associate degree level) institution(s).
In addition to credit for courses completed at other schools, students can also receive transfer credit for previous education or training or by testing on their current knowledge. See Transfer Information for more information.
Credit Transfer from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
Students enrolled in the Wisconsin Technical College System who wish to continue their education at UWM may transfer credits toward their bachelor's degree in the following ways:
- Students enrolled in a WTCS liberal arts program (at present, these are offered at Chippewa Valley Technical College, Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, and Western Technical College) may be eligible to transfer up to 72 credits toward the baccalaureate degree.
- Students enrolled at other WTCS programs or campuses may be eligible to transfer some appropriate general education coursework toward the baccalaureate degree.
- There also are many program-specific transfer credit agreements governing acceptance of credit from some WTCS programs. For details, see Transferring Course Credits.
- The UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions maintains an office at the MATC-Milwaukee downtown campus in order to assist students with transfer-related questions. For more specific information, get in touch for easy access to an online information request form, as well as phone, email, live chat, or social media contact information.
For more information about these or other transfer opportunities, students should consult with their Wisconsin Technical College advisor, the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions, or the UWM Registrar's Office.
Another helpful resource is the online Transfer Information System (TIS), which shows students how courses can transfer from one public Wisconsin institution to another.
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Re-entering and Re-admitted Students
Students who have not been enrolled at UWM for more than two semesters must file a re-entry application to return to the University. Official transcripts of all college work taken during the absence from UW-Milwaukee must be submitted. This application is available on our Forms & Resources page.
UWM begins accepting undergraduate applications on September 15 for the following fall term, with a priority deadline of March 1. After the priority deadline, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will continue to review applications on a case-by-case basis until enrollment capacity has been reached. Applications for the spring term (classes start in January) are typically accepted until December 1. However, some programs have earlier deadlines and/or requirements. Check our website for up-to-date information.
In addition to filing a re-entry application to the University, a student who has been dropped from the University because of poor academic performance must be approved for re-admission by the dean of the school or college from which the student was dropped. Students should schedule an appointment with their academic advisor to begin the school or college approval process.
For more information about re-entry procedures or to request an application form, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222.
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Who should apply as Undergraduate Non-degree Student?
- Guest students from another institution who want to take classes over summer or winter break and then transfer them back to their current institution
- Students who are taking prerequisites to get into a graduate program or professional school (ex: medical school, law school, etc.)
- Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to complete an undergraduate certificate program at UWM. Please also contact the department — a certificate program application may be required in addition to the non-degree university application
- Students who want to take some courses at UWM for personal or professional enrichment but do not want an undergraduate degree from UWM. You can either audit the courses (lower cost – no credit, no grades) or you can take courses for credit (transcribed and can be used towards a degree)
60+ Auditors or Disabled Auditors: Request a packet to be mailed to you by calling 414-229-4672.
Who should not apply as an Undergraduate Non-degree
- If you are wanting to receive an undergraduate degree from UWM you should apply as a degree-seeking student. Please review the transfer or new freshmen application process here.
- If you are considering graduate school, please meet with the graduate school to talk about required prerequisites prior to applying as an undergraduate non-degree student
Non-degree Admission Guidelines
If you have already attended or are currently attending another college or university, then you must be in good financial standing at that institution (not have any past due accounts) to qualify for admission at UWM.
You must have graduated from a recognized high school at least one year prior to the desired semester of enrollment, or be admissible based upon acceptable GED test scores. Exceptions can be made if you are attending another university and can provide a copy of your admissions letter.
In most cases, we will not need your transcripts for admission. No transferable coursework or other credits earned (e.g. via AP or CLEP exam) will be posted to your UWM non-degree student record. Therefore, if you would like to take a course at UWM that requires a prerequisite you have earned elsewhere, you may need to get permission from the department to add the course.
Non-degree Financial Aid
Non-degree students do not automatically qualify for federal student aid. To qualify for aid at UWM, students need to be enrolled at least half time in an eligible certificate/certification program or be enrolled half time to complete prerequisites for a UWM graduate program. You will complete the Non-degree Enrollment Verification Form and have an advisor in your degree program sign it (not your non-degree advisor.) You can find this form here.
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Information for Out-of-State Students
Residency, for tuition purposes, is governed by Wisconsin statute. It is the mutual responsibility of the University and the student to make certain that he or she is correctly classified as a resident or non-resident for tuition purposes. If an error is discovered, the student will be notified that he or she must pay the non-resident portion of the tuition immediately. Students who question their status should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in Mellencamp Hall, Room 212, (414) 229-4672. A student who wishes to appeal the nonresident classification should request a non-residency appeal form prior to the tuition due date for the semester. For more information regarding residency, visit our Out of State admissions page.
Minnesota/Wisconsin Reciprocity Agreement
Minnesota residents may be eligible to participate under the Minnesota/Wisconsin Reciprocity Agreement. Students certified under this program pay tuition at a special rate that is less than non-resident tuition. A certification year runs from July 1 through June 30, although degree students are normally certified once during the full duration of their academic career if they remain continuously enrolled.
Persons not certified by the date on which fees are due will be required to pay non-resident tuition and fees. The appropriate amount will then be refunded upon certification by the State of Minnesota Office of Higher Education Reciprocity Program. For more information, contact the State of Minnesota Office of Higher Education, 1450 Energy Park Dr., Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108, (651) 642-0567, or (800) 657-3866.
Midwest Student Exchange Program
UWM participates in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), a collaborative program that enables qualified students to attend a participating college or university in another MSEP state at a substantial discount from the usual tuition rate. Students attending UWM as part of the MSEP will pay 150% of the Wisconsin resident rate.
Milwaukee Advantage Program (MAP)
Illinois students are eligible to receive an additional $1,000 award each year through the Milwaukee Advantage Program (MAP). The MAP award is renewable.
- MAP will be offered at both fall/spring terms. Spring term admits will be eligible for $500.
- Must be enrolled full time in order to be eligible. Falling below full-time status will result in cancellation of award.
Special Admission Programs for Students Still Enrolled in High School
The High School Special Program and the Early College Credit Program are designed to allow qualified high school students to enroll in university courses concurrently with high school classes. Applicants must generally rank in the upper 10% of their high school class and have a 3.5 GPA. For further information, contact your high school guidance counselor or the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (414) 229-2222. You also may review the information on our Dual Enrollment website.
All incoming freshmen admitted to UW-Milwaukee are required to complete placement testing in math and English. Depending on your course of study, you also may be required to take an exam in chemistry and/or a foreign language. These tests help determine appropriate placement in your college courses and must be completed before you can enroll for classes. Transfer students and re-entry students may be required to take placement tests also, depending on previous coursework and intended degree plan. Check with your advisor to determine if you need to complete placement tests.