How to Apply

How to apply:

Application: Fill out the online application https://apply.wisconsin.edu/

Application Fee: UWM no longer requires an application fee.

Official High School and College/University Transcripts: We require official transcripts, sent directly from the school, for both high school and college courses. If you have attended multiple schools, we will require official college transcripts from each school attended. If you are currently taking college classes, please include a list of your current college classes on the application form.

Test Scores:
UW-System institutions, including UWM, are not requiring applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of the application process this year.  UWM will consider applicants for admission with or without one of these standardized test scores.  On the application, students will be able to indicate whether or not they intend to send an ACT or SAT score to be reviewed with their application.  Students who plan to send test scores can submit official scores directly from the testing service, self-report their test scores on the Common Application, or complete electronic the Self-Reported Test Scores form. 

Performance on standardized tests is only one factor considered in the admission process. While the writing portion of the ACT is not required, we will consider these results if you wish to submit them. In addition to your composite score, we also consider your sub-scores in the area(s) (English, math, reading, science) that closely relate to your intended major at UWM. Submission of ACT/SAT results is never required of applicants age 21 or older or applicants with at least 12 transferable college credits. 

If you are an international student, visit International Admissions for steps on how to apply as an international student.

Please note: If you have taken Advanced Placement exams (AP), International Baccalaureate exams (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, these official scores are not required for application, but UWM must receive official test scores to evaluate these scores for possible credit. See the Registrar’s Office credit policies regarding transferring non-coursework credit and military credit.

Documents can be mailed to:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 749
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0749

Important dates and deadlines can be referred to here.

Admission Decisions and Outcomes

Soon after we receive your application, we will send you information about how to check the status of your application online, via our PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) student information system. Log onto PAWS to monitor your application “to do” items. Once all of the “to do” items disappear, your file is complete and is ready for an admission decision. Typically, an admission decision will take 2-3 weeks.  During peak times, you may expect to wait 4-6 weeks for a decision.

Transfer admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. The following factors are taken into consideration when reviewing applications:

  • Demonstrated satisfactory academic progress
  • Successful completion of college-level math and English courses
  • Total credit hours completed
  • Academic standing at your previous institution

If you have fewer than 12 transferable credits, we will also review your high school academic records.

Please keep in mind that some academic programs within the Peck School of the Arts, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering & Applied Science, and College of Nursing may have additional requirements for direct admission into their majors.

Potential outcomes for students applying to the Milwaukee campus may include:

  • Direct admission to the Milwaukee campus
  • A request for additional information to be sent
  • Denied with an offer of admission to either the Waukesha or Washington County campuses
  • Denied