At UWM, adult students and those returning to college after being away for a while have outstanding opportunities to continue their education. One of our events, After Hours with Admissions, was created with your schedule in mind, so be sure to check it out if you are an adult student interested in attending UWM!

UWM’s extensive program array offers you a wide range of academic options, including hundreds of online and blended courses to accommodate your busy life. We offer 23 degree programs that can be completed entirely during evening hours. Resources such as the UWM Children’s Center, the Life Impact Program, Military Education Benefits Office and many other support services help adult and returning students keep balance in their lives while earning a degree.

Admission Guidelines

Most adult students applying to UWM have some prior college experience. If so, admission typically requires at least an overall ‘C’ (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) grade point average on 12 or more transferable credits. Do you demonstrate the potential for academic success at UWM? To help determine this, we look at a number of factors.

If you have not attempted at least 12 credits, or if you have no prior college experience, your high school record will be reviewed to determine your admissibility. Applicants age 21 and over are not required to submit ACT/SAT scores, but we will take these into consideration if you opt to provide them.

Please note that admission to UWM, whether as a new or returning student, does not necessarily guarantee admission to your desired major or program. To gain admission to your major, you will need to meet specific GPA and credit requirements.

Application Process

1. Apply Online
Applications are accepted beginning September 1 for the fall semester with a priority deadline of March 1. After March 1, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will continue to review applications on a case-by-case basis until enrollment capacity has been reached. Applicants interested starting in the spring semester must apply by December 1. To apply now, visit
2. Early Deadlines
Architecture applicants for fall have a March 1 priority deadline. After the priority date, applications are considered on a space-available basis. For nursing applicants, priority consideration is given to applications received by March 1 for fall semesters and December 15 for spring semesters.
3. Application Fee
UWM no longer requires an application fee.
4. Send Transcripts
We require official transcripts, sent directly from the school, for both high school and college courses. Yes, we do require a high school transcript regardless of how long ago you attended high school. If you are currently taking college classes, please list these on the application form. We value your work at other institutions, and we want to award as much credit as possible. Visit our transfer credit page for more details.
5. Send 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 freshman applicants age 21 or older.

As always, our Admissions Advisors are available to answer questions.

6. Admission Decisions
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. During peak times, you may expect to wait 4-6 weeks for a decision.

Please note that additional “to do” items may appear during the application review process.  Our comprehensive admission process may determine that the information provided does not assess a student’s current academic competency.  In order to ensure we are making the best decision regarding a student’s admission, new information may be requested.  Any student required to submit additional application materials will receive a letter from our office and the specific materials will be reflected on the student’s PAWS account.

More Resources

Mailing Address

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

Street Address

Welcome Center
2100 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211