Undergraduate Bulletin


FRESHMAN: To apply for admission to UW-Whitewater, applicants can obtain an admissions application from their high school counselor or from the UW-Whitewater Admissions Office. The application may be considered as early as September 15 of the senior year. It must include a high school record, the courses to be completed in the senior year, and a $28 application fee. Eligibility for admission to UW-Whitewater will be based on the following criteria:
  1. Graduation from a recognized high school. (Applicants who completed a high school equivalency diploma may still be considered if at least 21 years of age and out of school for two years or more.)

  2. Applicants must have 17 units of high school work with a minimum of 13 core college preparatory units from the academic areas of English (including speech), social studies, mathematics, and science. Within the 17 units, the applicant must have the following academic pattern:

    1. Four required units in English which may include one unit of speech.
    2. Three required units in social studies.
    3. Three required units in mathematics, (including beginning algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra, or an algebra/trigonometry combination).
    4. Three required units in science.
    5. Four additional units from any of the required areas or from the arts, computer science, foreign language, accounting or other academic areas as approved by the University.

  3. Applicants who have completed the required academic unit pattern will be eligible for admission if they (1) rank in the upper 50 percent of their high school class, or (2) rank in the lower 50 percent of their high school class and have combined high school and ACT/SAT percentile ranks of 100 or above.

  4. Due to an enrollment limitation program, a discretionary admissions category (applications will be held for possible acceptance at a later date) has been established for freshman applicants. UW-Whitewater has defined this category to include applicants who meet the minimum admission standards, but rank in the bottom half of their class, and have a combined class rank percentile and test score percentile between 70 and 99. During recent years, approximately 25% of the students in the discretionary category have been offered admission.

  5. Special consideration may be given for admission for applicants who are 21 years of age, have served in the armed forces, come from a disadvantaged background, or have other unique circumstances. To receive special consideration as an applicant from a disadvantaged background, contact the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP, see index), to request recommendation for admission to the University by the EOP Committee.

  6. OUTSTANDING students may be considered for part-time or full-time admission to UW-W before completing high school. Early admission is granted on an individual basis and only to those highly qualified applicants who can demonstrate that they can benefit from entrance into college prior to high school graduation and have exhausted opportunities for study in high school. For further information contact the Admissions Office.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION, REGISTRATION, AND ACADEMIC ADVISING: Incoming freshmen attend one of several summer registration/orientation programs. At that time students meet with an adviser (usually the major department chair) for assistance in selecting courses to be taken in the freshman year. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend, as there will be a special program scheduled for parents while students are receiving advising and are registering.

Also, there will be additional orientation/registration activities during the first few days of the fall semester. These programs are designed to make the freshman transition to college life as smooth as possible.

TRANSFER STUDENTS: In addition to the admissions application and high school records, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted. Applicants may be accepted on a tentative basis during the last term of enrollment at the sending institution provided they meet the minimum academic requirements for University admission. Instructions with the admissions application will explain the procedure to be followed. An application fee of $28 is required for transfer students who have not previously attended a UW System campus as a matriculated student.

UW-Whitewater requires a minimum 2.0 (4.0 system) cumulative grade point average to transfer; however, admission requirements may be higher for students planning to enroll in particular academic programs and during periods of enrollment limitation. Students who are enrolled in their first semester and who do not meet freshman admissions standards, must complete 12 college transferable credits to receive transfer admission consideration.

Joint Admission Agreement - Students participating in the UW-Center/UW-W Joint Admission Agreement may begin their university education at a UW-Center and upon completion of 60 credits be guaranteed the same opportunity to continue at UW-W as students who began at UW-W. Please note that upon transferring to UW-W it is necessary for students to submit another UW-System admission application. Students reapplying under this program are not required to resubmit a second high school transcript. UW-Center transcripts should be forwarded to the UW-W Office of Admissions at the time of application. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (4.0 system) is required for transfer; however, grade point average requirements may be higher for students planning to enroll in particular programs.

College of Education transfer students may be required to establish a grade point average at UW-Whitewater before being admitted to professional education courses. The College of Education will specify the number of credits to be earned on this campus before admission to professional education. Some programs in the College of Education may limit admission due to high enrollments.

College of Business and Economics applicants must declare "Pre-Business" as a major. After completing forty-five credits or enrolling in 210-244, 210-249 or 210-341/342, 230-211, 230-212, 230-245 and 250-211 or 765-171 (for MCS majors), students may apply for admission to the College of Business and Economics. All students with a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher will receive automatic admission to the College. Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.00 will be admitted if the GPA is within the minimum GPA established by a quota limit for the College. Application forms for admission to the College of Business and Economics are available at the Assistant Dean's Office located in Carlson.

Transfer credits are not granted for upper-division business courses at UW-W unless the equivalent courses were taken after completing 60 credits and were junior or senior level at the previous institution. Before receiving a degree in Business, students must earn at least 18 credits in their major at UW-W (21 credits if majoring in accounting or management computer systems).

For transfer students enrolling in the College of Business and Economics or the College of Education, the grade point average compiled at previous post-secondary institutions is considered for purposes of determining eligibility to enroll in these programs.

ACADEMIC ADVISING AND COURSE SELECTION: Transfer students are required to attend an orientation session and receive academic advising for registration purposes. Advising is normally handled by personnel from the major department; however, students should consult with their minor department as well. Students admitted under the "special student" classification are not required to attend the orientation program or to seek advising assistance.

READMITTED STUDENTS: Students returning to the University after an absence of one semester or more must file an application for readmission. It is also necessary to furnish transcripts covering college-level work taken elsewhere during their absence from UW-Whitewater. Readmitted students must receive advising before registering and are encouraged to attend an orientation program.


SPECIAL STUDENTS WITHOUT CREDENTIALS. Students who wish to enroll for six credits or less in any semester may apply for admission as a "special student without credentials". The application fee is not required but some record of previous academic work may be required to establish academic eligibility. Transfer students who do not meet admission standards will not be granted admission as a special student. Special students without credentials may attend summer school without establishing academic eligibility and may take as many credits as are regularly allowed in the summer school for all students.

Special students without credentials are not considered candidates for a degree and are not required to receive formal academic advising upon enrollment. Academic Progress Reports (APR's) are not available for special students; however, sample APR's are available upon request.

SPECIAL STUDENTS WITH CREDENTIALS. Students who have a conferred bachelor's degree and wish to enroll only for undergraduate work may apply as a "special student with credentials". An admissions application and an official transcript indicating receipt of the degree must be submitted for review. An application fee of $28 is required for students seeking teaching licensure or a second bachelor's degree and who have not previously attended a UW System campus as a matriculated student. Students in this classification must meet the UW-W program grade point average requirement and are considered to have fulfilled proficiency, general education, and diversity requirements. Transfer credit evaluations and Academic Progress Reports (APR's) are not available for special students; however, sample APR's are available upon request. Formal academic advising is not required.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: The University will consider applications from international students who demonstrate academic potential, are proficient in English, and have adequate funds to meet expenses while attending UW-Whitewater.

To assess academic potential, results of nationally-administered examinations and the secondary school record will be considered. Please note that secondary education must consist of a college-preparatory program.

ACADEMICALLY DISMISSED STUDENTS: Students dismissed for academic reasons will be considered for readmission if their grade point average is improved by means of work taken through UW-Whitewater summer sessions. Students will also be eligible for readmission, if they have remained out of college for the time specified under the probation and dismissal policies of the University. Students who have been academically dismissed and attend other post-secondary institutions during their absence from UW-W will be evaluated based upon their academic performance (final grades); this may delay the readmission process to the University.

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