FAQs

Find out answers to our most frequently asked questions, see below.

  • Submit the UW System online application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu.
  • Submit the $50 application fee: 1) Online through the application site 2) In person with cash, check, or money order 3) By mail with check or money order
  • Submit an official copy of high school transcripts or GED score.
  • Submit a copy of ACT/SAT score*
  • Letters of recommendation are not required, but can be submitted.
  • UW-Whitewater has rolling admission with a deadline of May 1st for freshmen, but it is possible that admission may close prior to this date.
* Writing section of ACT is not required

  • 4 credits of English
  • 3 credits of Math (including Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2)
  • 3 credits of Natural Sciences
  • 3 credits of Social Studies
  • 4 credits of Elective Classes
  • There is no minimum GPA or ACT score that is required, but the average GPA of an incoming student is a 3.2 and the average ACT score is 22.6.
  • A comprehensive review is used when determining admission which includes GPA, class rank, ACT score, classes taken, extracurricular activities, jobs, volunteer positions, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation.


Information on the cost of attendence at UW-Whitewater can be found here.


UW-Whitewater is comprised of 4 colleges:

  • College of Arts and Communication
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education and Professional Studies
  • College of Letters and Sciences

Over 70 majors are offered

A complete list of all majors, minors, and emphases can be found at http://www.uww.edu/academics/departments-and-majors.


Go to http://www.uww.edu/admissions/campus-tour and select an option:

Campus Tour (Available Monday through Saturday during the academic year)

Warhawk Premiere Day

  • Full day on campus
  • Informational sessions presented by the Deans of the Colleges, Financial Aid, Residence Life, and other offices.
  • One hour walking tour of campus that includes a classroom, residence hall room, library, athletic facility, and the University Center.
  • Lunch at a Dining Hall


The application for admission into the University serves as the application for scholarships.

Requirements for scholarships:

  • Have completed application in by January 1, 2017. 
  • ACT score of 25 or higher and in the top 25% of graduating class.

*Must meet both requirements in order to be considered for a scholarship, but this does NOT guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded.


  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at https://fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Priority date is January 1st.
  • Financial Aid Package will be sent electronically to students in April.
  • Financial Aid Package can include grants, loans, and work-study.


  • Residency is an important factor in determining what tuition rate a student must pay.
  • The residency rules are fairly specific, so please consult Wisconsin State Statute to determine if you would be classified as a resident.
  • For more information, visit http://www.uww.edu/admissions/residency.


Complete list of over 200 student organizations on campus can be found at www.uww.edu/join.

Complete list of over 1700 on-campus jobs for students can be found at http://www.uww.edu/cld/career.

Three levels of athletics are available to students:

  • NCAA Division III Sports: Nationally recognized teams are formed, organized, governed and conducted by coaches. For more information on NCAA sports, visit www.uwwsports.com.
  • Club Sports:  Teams formed, organized, governed, and conducted by students. For more information on club sports, visit http://www.uww.edu/recsports/clubsports.
  • Intramural Sports:  Students form teams on campus and compete against each other. For more information on intramural sports, visit http://www.uww.edu/recsports/intramurals.


Phone: 262-472-1440
Fax:  262-472-1515
Email: uwwadmit@uww.edu
Online: www.uww.edu/admissions

Transfer students can email: transferadmit@uww.edu


800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
About 45 miles southeast of Madison
About 50 miles west of Milwaukee
About 100 miles northwest of Chicago
Map & Directions


Students can request more information here

Call 262-472-1440 or email uwwadmit@uww.edu with questions.


Campus covers 593 acres of land and has about 12,000 students enrolled.

  • 11,000 undergraduate students
  • 1,000 graduate students

  Student to faculty ratio is 22:1


Founded in 1868 as Whitewater Normal School and has gone through four name changes.

1927: Whitewater Teachers College

1951: Wisconsin State College-Whitewater

1964: Wisconsin State University-Whitewater

1971: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater



Once all required materials arrive to the admissions office, official letters will be mailed to students regarding an admission decision.

Students also have access to "self-service" in WINS to check the status of their application.

WINS log-in information is emailed to students at time of application to UW-Whitewater.


Whitewater Information Network for Students: A self-service system that includes all of a student's financial information and academic history.


Submit the UW System online application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu. More information regarding transfer admissions can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/admissions/transfer


At least 12 credits of transferable coursework and a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 out of a 4.0 scale within the transferable courses, however, specific program GPA requirements may also need to be met.

To determine individual program GPA requirements, visit GPA Requirements.




  • We do not require an ACT/SAT score in order to be admitted, but it is requested if necessary to make an admission decision.
  • At a minimum, all students need to have an ACT/SAT on file or placement testing done before Plan-It Purple.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 are not required to submit an ACT/SAT score but do need to complete placement testing in the Testing Office.
  • Transfer students who have college level Math or English do not need an ACT/SAT score.


The score with the highest composite will be used (we do not superscore). The highest sub score in Math and English will be used for placement into Math and English courses.


It is not required that foreign language is taken in high school, but it is highly recommended.

Students pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Letters and Science are required to take 2 semesters of a foreign language before graduation.




Refer to the Testing Office booklet at 2015 Credit By Examination Book [PDF] to determine which courses UW-Whitewater accepts.

To receive credit through AP tests, a minimum score of 3 is required.


Yes, students can submit a SMART transcript or Community College of the Air Force transcripts to the admissions office for review.

Depending on the length of service, students can receive between 4 and 50 transfer credits. Completing basic training alone is equivalent to four transfer credits.


The First Year Experience Office puts on several programs for new freshman and transfer students including:

  • Plan-It Purple orientation days
  • Warhawk Sendoffs
  • Club U-Dub-Dub
  • Whitewater Week of Welcome
  • TRANSFERmation (transfer students only)
  • Family Fest


UW-Whitewater student leaders such as the Hawk Squad, Lead Peer Mentors, Peer Mentors, Team Transfer, and the Purple Pit Crew host these events.

For more information, visit www.uww.edu/fye.


Academic Support Center located in the basement of McCutchan Hall and tutoring services are free to students. A list of classes with biographies of the tutors can be found at http://www.uww.edu/acadsupport/tutorial/.

A Math Center and a Writing Lab are also available to students

Some instructors also provide Supplementary Instructors

Students who have previously taken the course sit in the lecture, take notes, and hold weekly study sessions outside of class for students to attend.


UW-Whitewater is nationally recognized for the strength of its services for students with disabilities. The Center for Students with Disabilities offers several accommodations including:

  • Alternative testing arrangements
  • Note takers
  • Textbooks in Braille

UW-Whitewater is also the most wheelchair accessible school in the state.

For more information, visit www.uww.edu/csd/.


All incoming students are assigned an academic advisor within the Academic Advising and Exploration Center.* Students with 24 or more credits are assigned a faculty member within their area of study.

Students must meet with their advisor 4 times during their first year and there is always an advisor on call if a student's advisor is not available.

An advising hold is placed on every student's account each semester prior to registration, and is removed once they meet with their advisor.

For more information, visit www.uww.edu/aaec.

*Music, Art, Theatre, and Dance majors receive advisors within their area of study.


College of Arts and Communication:

  • Richard C. Gaarder Award for the most outstanding music student in Wisconsin has been awarded to a UW-Whitewater student 14 of the past 23 years.
  • UW-Whitewater has the only student-run radio station in Wisconsin.

College of Business and Economics:

  • AACSB accredited
  • Largest business school in Wisconsin
  • Over 25 professional student organizations

College of Education and Professional Studies:

  • NCATE accredited
  • UW-Whitewater graduates more teachers than any other school in Wisconsin.

College of Letters and Sciences:

  • Over 50 students participated in undergraduate research in 2012-2013.
  • UW-Whitewater students comprised over 15% of the UW System schools that attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.


University Police Service on campus works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

  • 1 Chief
  • 1 Lieutenant
  • 2 Sergeants
  • 1 Detective
  • 1 Residence Hall Officer
  • 1 Academic Officer
  • 7 Police Officers

21 emergency blue light telephone call boxes are located throughout campus.

Students may request a walking escort around campus at night by contacting the University Police Service.

You can read UW-Whitewater's Annual Security Report here. 

For more information, visit www.uww.edu/adminaffairs/police/.


Each room comes with 2 beds, 2 desks, 2 desk chairs, and 2 dressers.

Bed lofts can be rented at www.bedloft.com

Beds can also be bunked by stacking them. 

Recommended items to bring for a residence hall room:

  • Mini refrigerator (maximum size of 4.8 cubic feet)
  • Microwave (maximum size of 900 watts)
  • Futon/couch/chair
  • TV

Examples of items not allowed in the residence halls:

  • Candles
  • Griddles, hot plates, toasters etc.

The only pets allowed in the residence halls are fish.

Coffee makers are allowed in the residence halls.

All residence halls have WiFi Internet and cable TV hookups.

For more information, visit http://www.uww.edu/housing


UC (University Center) Entertainment hosts free events every Thursday night that feature comedians and live musicians etc.

Movies are shown at the Summers Auditorium every weekend for $1 with a UW-Whitewater student ID. 10 lane bowling alley and a billiard room are located in Warhawk Alley for student use. Cinemas of Whitewater movie theatre is located one mile from campus. Several local shops and restaurants downtown Whitewater are located one mile from campus.


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