Welcome to UW-Whitewater
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 that are not covered in this website, you may contact us any time.
New Freshman Admissions
Admission Office Mission Statement:
The mission of the Admissions Office is to identify, recruit, admit and enroll talented and prepared undergraduate students to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. These initiatives are achieved in accordance with the UW-Whitewater Select Mission and core values. The Admissions Office is further committed to making admit decisions using a holistic, fair and timely review of every applicant's credentials.
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
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.
Higher academic standards may be imposed by certain programs to keep enrollment in line with program capacities, professional field studies, or the like.