Experience a Transfer-Friendly Environment

Transfer here. Succeed here. UW-Whitewater is proud to welcome transfer students to our Warhawk community.

Maybe you’ve completed a program at a two-year school and are coming to us with community college transfer credits, or perhaps you’re looking for a campus that’s a better fit for your goals.

No matter what’s bringing you to Whitewater, Wisconsin, your dedicated transfer admissions representative will work closely with you to ensure your transition into a UW-Whitewater program is seamless as possible.

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How to transfer to UW-Whitewater

Transferring to UW-Whitewater involves completing our standard application for admission, and, depending on your program of interest or current institution, there might be additional considerations.

If you are ready to apply, here is some information to help you get started:

Transfer application process overview

  1. Complete the online Universities of Wisconsin Application.
  2. Submit the following materials:
  • An official copy of your final high school transcript/GED/HSED
  • Official transcripts from any colleges or universities ever attended
  • Copy of DD-214 or official JST/CCAF transcript

Remember, your dedicated admissions counselor is here to help you with any questions along the way. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any transfer questions: 262 472 1440 or

What to expect next

A few days after you submit your application, you’ll receive an email with information about setting up an account for our student information system, WINS. You can track your application progress, such as what documents still might be needed.

Transfer student admissions criteria

In addition to your academic background, we consider a range of factors including leadership, creativity, community service, and personal characteristics.

General transfer student admissions requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (for most programs)
  • At least 12 transferable credits earned

Additional transfer admissions criteria

Depending on your area of interest, your admissions requirements may vary. Here’s a look at some additional criteria that might apply to you.

Some departments or programs require a higher GPA than the 2.0 standard requirements. This is sometimes the case if a student is bringing more than 24 transferable credits to UW-Whitewater.

College of Arts and Communications

  • Media Arts and Game Development major: 2.50 combined GPA

College of Business and Economics

  • 24 to 71.5 transferable credits: 2.50 combined GPA
  • 72+ transferable credits: 2.80 combined GPA
  • Occupational Safety major, 24+ transferable credits: 2.25 combined GPA

College of Education and Professional Studies

  • 24 to 71.5 transferable credits: 2.50 combined GPA
  • 72+ transferable credits: 2.75 combined GPA
  • Human Performance major, with 24+ transferable credits: 2.25 combined GPA
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders major:
    • 24 to 71.5 transferable credits: 2.25 combined GPA
    • 72+ transferable credits: 2.50 combined GPA

College of Letters and Sciences

  • Integrated Science and Business major: 2.50 combined GPA

Undeclared Majors

  • May transfer in up to 71.5 credits

The amount of credits and types of courses you’ll need to complete at UW-Whitewater as you work toward your degree will depend on how many transferable credits you have or if you’ve already earned a college degree.

Allowable Transferable Credits

Typically, students can transfer in up to 72 credits from a two-year institution, and the additional 48 must be completed at UW-Whitewater.

Additionally, credits earned for courses at the 300- or 400-level (junior/senior) from a two-year institution may be accepted as a general elective.

CORE Course Requirements for Transfer Students

UW-Whitewater General Education requires five multi-disciplinary courses (Core Courses). Transfer students with 21 or more transfer credits may be waived from some CORE requirements.

Transferable Credits

  • 20 credits or less: Students complete all CORE courses
  • 21-39 credits: Two CORE courses to include CORE World of Ideas
  • 40 credits or more: CORE World of Ideas only

Transferring to UW-Whitewater with an Associate Degree

Typically, transfer students who’ve earned an eligible associate degree from an approved school will have already fulfilled UW-Whitewater’s university proficiency and general education requirements.

Approved degrees:

  • Associate of Arts and Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science

Approved schools:

  • Any school in the UW System
  • Any school in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
  • Any accredited state community or junior college

Additional requirements, such as prerequisite courses, may vary by school or program.

Transferring to UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor's Degree

Transfer students who already have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university are typically considered to have already satisfied UW-Whitewater’s proficiency and general education requirements. There are some exceptions based on major or program requirements.

Guaranteed Admission Programs

Guaranteed Admission Programs create a seamless and successful transition for transfer students intending to complete their baccalaureate degree at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.

Institutions taking part in the Guaranteed Admission Program with their written agreements include:

Fill out the Guaranteed Admission Program form to indicate your intention to participate.

Transfer Pathway Programs

UW-Whitewater has partnered with a number of other institutions that allow for easy transfer of credits from one school to another, including in these program areas:

    Supporting our transfer students

    Each year, we help students from about 200 other schools, colleges and universities across the state and country transfer to UW-Whitewater. In addition to a dedicated admissions counselor with expertise in transferring colleges, UW-Whitewater prepares new students for success, no matter what class year you’re in when you join us.

    This starts with Warhawks SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration). You’ll spend a day with us getting to know UW-Whitewater, your academic advisor, and other friendly faces from around campus, as well as register for classes.

    At the start of the semester, you’ll also attend Warhawk Welcome, an evening event where you’ll learn about campus resources, connect with other transfer students, and meet your peer mentor.

    Other transfer student-friendly programs include:

    • Team Transfer — student orientation leaders and peer mentors who serve as guides and role models for students transferring to UW-Whitewater
    • Transfer Student Seminar — a for-credit course to help you adjust to UW-Whitewater, prepare for classroom success, and discover more about yourself as a student and citizen
    • Outstanding Freshman and Transfer Student Award — recognition and $500 scholarship for new students who experience UW-Whitewater to the fullest during their first year on campus

    Questions about applying to UW-Whitewater? Contact us »

    Transfer application deadlines

    To ensure full consideration, provide all application materials by the priority dates listed below. 

    • Fall 2024 Semester: Submit application materials prior to July 1, 2024.
    • Spring 2025 Semester: Submit application materials prior to December 13, 2024. 

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    Upcoming Warhawks SOAR programs (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration)

    Fall 2024 Semester (SOAR registration will open in your WINS account on March 1, 2024.) 

    • April 5, May 3, June 25, July 25 

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    Application resources

    If you’re planning to transfer to UW-Whitewater, here are a few items that might still be on your to-do list:

    Campus resources

    If you’re still considering transferring to UW-Whitewater, you might find these campus and other resources you might find helpful:

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