Transfer Students

Welcome to UW-Whitewater. We are happy you are considering transferring to 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.

Transfer Admission & Credits

It is always best to apply well in advance for admission, preferably early in the last semester at your current institution. To apply, please complete and submit the University of Wisconsin System application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu.

Application Checklist

  1. Complete the online application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu
  2. Submit $44 application fee (no application fee for students transferring directly from a 2-year UW system college)
  3. Submit final high school transcript / GED / HSED
  4. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities ever attended
  5. If military experience, submit copy of DD214 or military SMART transcript (to be awarded credit for military experience)
  6. -All transcripts must come directly from the institution.
  7. -Please do not submit documents until after you have completed an application.

Admission Eligibility Criteria

The university's core values are used as a guide to interpreting the contents of each application presented for admission, and a comprehensive 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 records are reviewed based on a minimum 2.0 (4.0 system) cumulative grade point average (GPA) having a minimum of 12 transferable credits for transfer student admission. Requirements may be higher if you are planning to enroll in certain academic programs or during periods of enrollment limitation. Please see below for transfer grade point average requirements page for these requirements.  Non-academic factors include, but are not limited to, leadership, community service, creativity, special talents, and 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. Students who are enrolled in their first semester or who will not complete 12 transferable credits will be evaluated using new freshman admission criteria.

Course Repeat Policy

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions utilizes UW-Whitewater's Course Repeat Policy to calculate your GPA. UW-Whitewater's Course Repeat Policy can be found here

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Once your application is complete, we will prepare a transfer credit evaluation for you. This means that we will convert your prior courses to the UW-Whitewater course numbering system. When a transfer course is determined to be equivalent to a Whitewater class, a specific Whitewater course number will appear on the evaluation. If the course(s) you completed are not directly equivalent to UW-Whitewater classes, you will be awarded elective credit. Courses that are considered non-transferable to UW-Whitewater will not appear on this evaluation.  All credits will be reviewed for transfer to UW-Whitewater if the courses were completed at a regionally accredited college or university.


Certain courses and majors require appropriate prerequisites and cumulative grade point averages higher than 2.00/4.00 scale. If you do not see a specific major below, the necessary GPA to transfer with that intended major is 2.00/4.00 scale.  If you are a student transferring from a college or university that does not use a 4.00 scale, the grades will be converted to this scale.  Depending on the number of credits you have completed, the following may pertain to you:

College of Arts and Communications

  1. Advertising  - 2.50 combined GPA required
  2. Corporate & Health Communication - 2.50 combined GPA required
  3. Electronic Media - 2.50 combined GPA required
  4. International Journalism - 2.75 combined GPA required
  5. Journalism-Broadcast/Print/Web - 2.50 combined GPA required
  6. Media Arts & Game Development - 2.50 combined GPA required
  7. Public Relations - 2.50 combined GPA required

Additional information is available at: http://www.uww.edu/cac/

College of Business and Economics

Enrollment in the College of Business & Economics (for all majors) requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of one of the following on a 4.00 GPA scale:

  • Less than 24 transferable credits - 2.00 combined GPA required
  • 24-71.5 transferable credits - 2.50 combined GPA required
  • 72+ transferable credits - 2.80 combined GPA required

Additional information is available at: www.uww.edu/cobe/undergrad/bbaadmissions

College of Education and Professional Studies

Enrollment in the College of Education and Professional Studies requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of one of the following on a 4.00 GPA scale and admission to Professional Education.

  • Less than 24 transferable credits - 2.00 combined GPA required
  • 24-71.5 transferable credits - 2.50 combined GPA required
  • 72+ transferable credits - 2.75 combined GPA required

Additional majors that do not require admission to Professional Education include:

  • Health, Human Performance - Less than 24 transferable credits - 2.00 combined GPA required and 24+ transferable credits  - 2.25 combined GPA required
  • Occupational Safety - Less than 24 transferable credits - 2.00 combined GPA required and 24+ transferable credits - 2.25 combined GPA required
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders - Less than 24 transferable credits - 2.00 combined GPA required, 24-71 transferable credits - 2.25 combined GPA required and 72+ transferable credits - 2.50 combined GPA required

Additional information is available at: http://www.uww.edu/coeps/advising-admissions/admissions

College of Letters and Sciences

  • Integrated Science and Business - 2.50 combined GPA required
  • Undeclared - 2.00 combined GPA required and cannot have more than 71.5 transferrable credits

Additional information is available at: http://www.uww.edu/cls


If you are a student at any of the UW Colleges, you should seriously consider participation in the Guaranteed Transfer Program. This program guarantees your admission to UW-Whitewater with junior status. Certain criteria apply, so check with a Student Services advisor for details. Please note this program guarantees admission to the university; it does not guarantee admission to specific majors or programs.



Courses taken at two-year campuses may be equated only to UW-Whitewater 100 (freshman) or 200-level (sophomore) courses. When a course taken at a two-year college parallels a 300 (junior) or 400-level (senior) course at UW-W, the course may be accepted as a general elective. A maximum of 72 credits may transfer from a two-year college to UW-Whitewater. Students who have accumulated 72 credits at a two-year college must earn at least 48 additional credits at UW-Whitewater and/or other four-year colleges to earn a baccalaureate degree. You may take courses beyond the initial 72 credits at a two-year institution but only with the permission of the dean of your college at UW-Whitewater.

Transfer students with an Associate of Arts and Science, Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin Colleges, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Madison Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or any accredited State community or junior college who transfer at least 40 acceptable credits to Whitewater are considered to have fulfilled the University Proficiency and General Education requirements. Students who earned the Associate of Arts and Science from a UW College on or after Fall, 1991, will have satisfied the Diversity (Ethnic Studies) requirement as well. You should check to ensure that your final, official transcript indicates receipt of the degree. This policy does not apply to the Associate of Applied Science from vocational/technical colleges. PLEASE NOTE: some programs require additional general education courses that are not satisfied by the associate degrees as listed above. Following is a listing of these additional requirements:

College of Arts and Communications Majors:

Bachelor of Arts Degree candidates: must complete one course of at least two credits in Arts outside the major, plus six credits in Humanities courses. Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music candidates: must complete one course of at least two credits in Arts outside the major. Bachelor of Science Degree candidates: must complete at least six credits in Natural Science/ mathematics in addition to the laboratory science/additional science-mathematics requirement. See the University Catalog, page 64, for further information regarding the above.

College of Education (Teacher Certificate) Majors:

Students seeking licensure to teach are required to complete 40 credits of general education requirements. These are called PI 34 Requirements and are named after the Wisconsin Statute which covers teacher certification. These requirements are not satisfied by the Associate Degree but may be incorporated into the Associate Degree curriculum. Specific information is listed on each transfer guide.

College of Letters and Sciences Majors:

In order to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, students must demonstrate that they have achieved basic competency in a foreign language equivalent to one year of study at the college level. This requirement can be met either by passing a second semester (or higher) college-level foreign language course or by demonstrating the required level of proficiency through examination. 

Plus, six credits at the junior/senior level must be taken in Arts, Humanities, Social Studies, or Womens/Ethnic Studies must be completed.

Bachelor of Science Degree candidates must complete two 4 or 5 credit laboratory sciences from 2 different disciplines, plus 5 or 6 credits of additional mathematics beyond Intermediate Algebra or a combination of mathematics beyond Intermediate Algebra and computer science.

Students in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) who wish to continue at UW-Whitewater may be eligible to transfer credit in one of the following ways:

  1. If you are a student in the Associate of Arts College Parallel Program at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, or Nicolet Technical College, you may transfer up to 72 credits to UW-Whitewater.
  2. Students in the Wisconsin Technical College System may be eligible to transfer up to 72 credits of social science, communications, mathematics and science courses.
  3. Students with an Associate of Applied Science from the Business and Marketing Division of the WTCS, 1985 or after, may be eligible to transfer up to 12 credits of business related course work. Other articulation programs exist for which additional credit can be transferred.
  4. Students transferring from the Wisconsin Technical College System may be eligible for credit by earning appropriate scores on national standardized examinations (e.g. College Level Examination Program) or examinations developed at UW-Whitewater.


Applicants who already have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university are considered to have satisfied all General Education requirements, although Education majors may need additional courses. As a transfer student, you will be required to complete the following Core Requirements; depending on how many credits you transfer in to UW-Whitewater:

Numbers of Credits Transferred UW-Whitewater Core Course Requirements:

  • 20 credits or less                      All General Education Core Courses
  • 21-39 credits                            Two Core Courses to include GENED 390 World of Ideas
  • 40 credits or more                    GENED World of Ideas only


Conferred Associate Degree*   None (All General Education Requirements satisfied)

*Conferred Associate Degree from UW Colleges, Madison/ Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Technical College, or Illinois State Community or Junior College.

Eligible degrees include Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Arts and Science. Students who transfer without an associate or baccalaureate degree must complete all remaining proficiency requirements prior to completion of 60 credits. Transfer students with 60 or more credits must complete any remaining proficiency requirements during their first semester of enrollment.

 


Madison Area Technical College

College of Arts and Communications Majors

College of Business & Economics Majors

College of Education Majors

College of Letters & Sciences Majors - General

UW Colleges

College of Arts and Communications Majors

College of Business & Economics Majors

College of Education & Professional Studies Majors

College of Letters & Sciences Majors - General


UW-Whitewater awards credit by examination for the following programs: Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB). Students who have earned credit by examination at their original campus should have official test scores sent to the Office of Testing and Student Affairs Research. Scores will be evaluated for credit according to the equivalencies listed in UW-Whitewater's "Credit by Examination Opportunities" brochure. Copies are available from the testing office (262-472-5613).]


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