New Freshmen

Graduates of high schools in the United States and those who will be graduating may apply to any of the UW-Platteville campuses as a new freshman. International students who wish to enter as freshmen should refer to the international student admission section of this chapter. 

New Freshmen Application Procedures

To be considered for admission for any of the UW-Platteville campuses, all individuals must submit the following items to the UW-Platteville Office of Admission.

  1. University of Wisconsin (UW) System application (https://apply.wisconsin.edu/)
  2. Transcript(s) from the high school of graduation as well as any college-level or post-secondary coursework (official transcripts are required before registration and must come directly from the high school or institution attended to the UW-Platteville Office of Admission)*
  3. Official ACT or SAT score reports if applicable*

New Freshmen Admission Guidelines

All applicants receive a comprehensive review1 and consideration is given to all academic and non-academic factors. Students meeting the following requirements will be considered for admission:
  • Graduation from a recognized high school or the equivalent

Home-schooled applicants: transcripts should include completed and in progress courses, grades for each course and a brief summary of what is covered in each course.  Transcripts should be signed by the individual providing the education verifying the curriculum.

GED/HSED applicants:  Applicants who have not graduated from a recognized high school must provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the requirements for a High School Equivalency Certificate or a Diploma (HSED) from a recognized high school, school system or state department of public instruction based on a Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination and other established criteria.  Applicants must also submit official copies of any partial high school transcripts if they exist.  High school equivalency applicants may not normally be enrolled unless they are a minimum of two years past their expected date of high school graduation.

  • Competency-Based Admission  

In recognition of curricular initiatives occurring in many high schools that depart from a traditional Carnegie unit structure, the UW System Board of Regents has approved an alternative method by which an applicant may demonstrate that he or she has satisfied the academic unit requirement.  This is referred to as Competency-Based Admission.  High school officials may elect to prepare a UW System Competency-Based Admission profile in addition to, or in lieu of, the traditional high-school transcript for those students whose high school curriculum is not well described by the traditional Carnegie unit structure.  The combination of the student’s credentials must indicate evidence of preparation in English, social sciences, mathematics, and natural science at a level comparable to that assumed by the traditional academic unit requirements.  The admission requirements for students who apply using Competency-Based Admission will be equivalent to the admission requirements for students who apply under the Carnegie unit system.


UW-Platteville Bachelor's Degree Admission Guidelines

         (offered at UW-Platteville, UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County and UW-Platteville Online)

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 17 college preparatory units to include:

4 units English

3 units mathematics (algebra, geometry, and higher)

3 units social science

3 units natural science (two must include lab experiences)

4 units to include courses from the above academic areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science or courses in vocational areas

  • GPA and course rigor will also be heavily considered in the comprehensive review.  Consideration will also be given to factors such as stronger academic performance later in high school, demonstrated leadership skills in school or community, and personal statements and recommendations.  For information regarding the academic profile of freshman students admitted to the University of Wisconsin Platteville campus, please visit Freshman | UW-Platteville

Letters from high school faculty in areas of English, mathematics and laboratory science courses may be required and must address the student’s success potential in college coursework.  We will also accept the UW System Recommendation for Undergraduate Admission Form.


UW-Platteville Associate's Degree Admission Guidelines

(offered at UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County, UW-Platteville Richland and UW-Platteville Online)

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 17 college preparatory units to include:

4 units English

3 units mathematics (one unit of algebra, one unit of geometry and one additional unit of choice)

3 units social science

3 units natural science

4 units to include courses from the above academic areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science or courses in vocational areas

  • Top 75 percent of graduating class. Consideration will also be given to factors such as stronger academic performance later in high school, demonstrated leadership skills in school or community, and personal statements and recommendations.

Letters from high school faculty in areas of English, mathematics and laboratory science courses may be required and must address the student’s success potential in college coursework.  We will also accept the UW System Recommendation for Undergraduate Admission Form.


Students denied or not meeting the admission guidelines may contact the Director of Admission for an independent review of all credentials. Each applicant's file has undergone a comprehensive review process, therefore an appeal must bring forth new and compelling academic information that shows the student to be a stronger candidate than demonstrated in the initial application for admission. Upon receipt and review, the director may make a final decision immediately or may request a personal interview before making a final decision.