Application Process

Online Application

To be considered for admission, you must submit a University of Wisconsin System Application for Undergraduate Admissions. Any required materials should be sent to the UW Colleges Office of Admissions, 780 Regent Street, Madison, WI  53715.      

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $44 must accompany the application for prospective freshmen and transfer students. The fee is not required if you previously attended a UW Colleges campus as a degree-seeking student. Special students do not pay the application fee unless they become degree candidates.

Application Submission Timeline

Applications are accepted after September 15 for the following fall or spring semester or summer term.

High school students are encouraged to apply early in their senior year. Early applicants have an advantage in obtaining academic counseling, financial aid and their preferred schedule of courses.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Types of Students page for application procedures that apply specifically to returning adult students, re-entry students, transfer students, special students, high school students, auditors and international students.

New Freshmen

To be admitted as a new freshman, a student must:

  1. Have graduated from a recognized high school, have a certificate of GED, or present other evidence of ability to begin university work.
  2. Have a minimum of 17 college preparatory credits. Thirteen of the 17 credits must be distributed as follows:
    • English: 4 credits
    • Social Science: 3 credits
    • Math: 3 credits (must include at least one credit of algebra and the equivalent of one credit of geometry)
    • Natural Science: 3 credits
    • The remaining four credits will be from the above areas, foreign languages, fine arts, computer science or other academic areas.
  3. Take the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The ACT or SAT scores must be received by your campus before you will be permitted to register for classes.


Students who fail to meet these requirements may appeal to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for an exemption. Particular consideration will be given to applicants on the basis of minority group status, physical or learning disability, U.S. Armed Forces veteran status, age group, incarceration, or economic or educational disadvantage. Applicants who have special needs should contact the Student Affairs Office.


Regulations determining residency status for University of Wisconsin admission and tuition are in the Wisconsin Statutes. Students are classified as a resident or non-resident when they are admitted to the University of Wisconsin System.

UW Colleges Online tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents and non-residents. For more information on our tuition rates, see our Tuition and Fees page. 


The University follows a rolling admissions deadline, which means that when a student's application file is complete, it is reviewed and a decision regarding admission is made by the UW Colleges Office of Admissions.

To check the status of your application, review and activate your PRISM account through the Account Access steps, and view your admissions To-Do list in PRISM.