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Prospective freshmen can apply to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee using either the UW System application or the Common App. All other applicants should use the UW System application.

Keep in mind that UWM has three campuses offering different programs and degrees. On your college application, you’ll be asked to choose from UW-Milwaukee and UWM at Waukesha. (You can’t apply to multiple UWM campuses.)

If you aren’t sure which UWM campus to choose, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu or 414-229-2222 to speak with an advisor.

For details on how to apply to UWM, application requirements and more, please see below.

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Main campus in Milwaukee offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

UWM at Waukesha
Branch campus in Waukesha offering associate degree programs and bachelor’s degree programs in nursing and psychology.

Milwaukee Direct Admit
Milwaukee Public School students graduating in 2025 are invited to participate in the Milwaukee Direct Admit program. Participants should submit interest by June 14, 2024.

  1. Apply to UWM

    Students have two application options. Apply for free through the Common App. The UW System application also is accepted, but there may be charges. 

    Please note: The Spring 2025 Common Application will be available starting Aug. 1, 2024.

  2. Send Required Documents

    UWM application requirements vary depending on your academic background. Select the appropriate student type below for information about your application requirements.

    After we receive your application, we’ll send you log-in directions for our Admissions Portal. Each applicant receives a to-do list in the Admissions Portal. After you’ve checked off each item on your to-do list, your application file will be complete and ready for consideration.

    Send your documents to:

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 749
    Milwaukee, WI 53201

  3. Admissions Decision

    You’ll receive updates on your admission status and admission decision via email and mail. When your file is complete, it will be reviewed through our holistic review process. Expect it to take one to three weeks to receive a decision. Admission decisions are communicated via email and mail, so be sure to check often.

    Possible admission decisions include:

    • Direct admission to your UWM campus of choice.
    • Admission to the First-Year Bridge Program.
    • A request for additional information, such as updated transcripts or other documentation.
    • Denied admission.