New Freshman

We are happy you are considering the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. We are proud of our campus and look forward to the opportunity to assist you. If you have questions we haven't covered, you may contact us any time.

Application Checklist

  1. Complete the online application at apply.wisconsin.edu
  2. Submit $44 USD application fee
  3. Submit official high school transcript / GED / HSED 
  4. ACT/SAT scores
  5. -If military experience, submit copy of DD214 or military transcript (to be awarded credit for military experience).
  6. -If any college/university courses have been taken, official transcripts must be sent prior to enrollment.
  7. -If any Advanced Placement (AP) courses were completed, scores must be sent prior to the start of the first semester of attendance.
  8. -Please do not submit documents until you have completed an application.
  9. -All transcripts must come directly from the institution. 

We have created a PDF Checklist that is available for download. You can print and/or save it for your convenience. Download the checklist.

Application Deadline

Even though UW-Whitewater operates on a rolling admission basis, the university reserves the right to stop accepting applications when it believes their enrollment capacities for the campus can be satisfied by the number of students already admitted. It is always recommended that students apply for admission early, and fall applications are preferred.

  • May 1st for Fall
  • December 1st for Spring

Students interested in fall enrollment must have applied by May 1 and be admitted by Aug. 1. However, to be eligible for academic scholarships students should be admitted by Feb. 1. Those students seeking spring enrollment must apply by Dec. 1 and be admitted by Jan. 15. All new students are required to attend "Plan-It Purple", the university's orientation, advising and registration program. UW-Whitewater operates on a rolling admission basis, but the university reserves the right to stop accepting applications when it believes its enrollment capacities for the campus can be satisfied by the number of students already admitted.

Admission Consideration

The university's core values are used as a guide to interpreting the contents of each application presented for admission, and a complete review of all materials is performed for each applicant before making an admission decision. Both the academic and nonacademic factors present in an application are used to make an admission decision. Academic factors include curriculum rigor, high school GPA, rank in class (if available), and standardized test scores. Nonacademic factors include, but are not limited to, leadership, community service, creativity, special talents, personal characteristics that contribute to the strengths and diversity of the university. The most competitive candidates for admission to UW-Whitewater typically possess positive factors in their application that are both academic and nonacademic in nature.

Minimum Academic Preparation

Academic preparation is an important part of an admission decision. Evaluating academic preparation includes an appreciation for an applicant's intention to pursue a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum as well as an assessment of the in-classroom performance measurements. The following list identifies the minimum course requirements necessary for admission consideration. The most competitive candidates for admission to UW-Whitewater typically surpass these unit requirement totals.

  • English 4 units
  • Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 or equivalent) 3 units
  • Natural Science 3 units
  • Social Science 3 units
  • Academic Electives* 4 units
    *Typical electives include a combination of extra courses in the above subjects, arts, music, computer science, foreign language or business credits 

Program Limitations

Higher academic standards may be imposed by certain programs to keep enrollment in line with program capacities, professional field studies, or the like.

Applicant Self-Service in WINS

Shortly after submitting an application, an e-mail will be forwarded with instructions that allow each applicant to follow the progress of his/her application online. Please be patient as it can take a couple of days for the receipt of documentation to be recorded. We make every attempt to record the information as quickly as possible. The online WINS access is a great tool to keep track of what's missing, what's new and what's to come at UW-Whitewater.

Applicants with Disabilities

Applicants with disabilities (physical, learning and/or mental illness) can register for services by contacting the Center for Students with Disabilities after they enroll. There is documentation that may be required to develop appropriate accommodations. Please contact the center for more information.

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