Transfer Students

Applicants who have earned college or university credits at another university, vocational or technical college after high school graduation as a matriculated student may apply to transfer to any of the UW-Platteville campuses.  Transfer admission guidelines are the same for all three campuses.

Transfer Application Procedures

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

  1. University of Wisconsin System application (https://apply.wisconsin.edu/)
  2. Official transcript(s) from the high school of graduation (transcripts must come directly from the high school attended to the UW-Platteville Office of Admission)
  3. Official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities previously attended or currently attending, as well as any college-level or post-secondary coursework (transcripts must come directly from the institution attended to the UW-Platteville Office of Admission)
  4. Non-refundable application fee  (if the applicant's last institution of attendance is one of the UW Branch Campuses, the application fee is not required)
  5. Statement of activities (work, armed services, etc.) for the period of time they have chosen not to attend a college or university for a semester or more

Transfer Admission Guidelines

Applicants must have 12 or more transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission as a transfer student. Applicants with fewer than 12 credits must meet new freshmen admission requirements. 

All applications receive a comprehensive review. Academic preparation and success are the primary considerations for admission, although non-academic factors are also considered.  Transfer applicants will be considered for admission if they have a cumulative grade point average (C.G.P.A.) of 2.0 or higher in college transfer courses and are in good academic standing at the institution they are currently attending or most recently attended.  The cumulative G.P.A. of all schools attended will be calculated by using all courses completed that are transferable to UW-Platteville.  Failure to report previously enrolled institutions and submit transcripts from those institutions is sufficient cause for cancellation of the student's application and/or enrollment.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all the proper supporting documents are submitted directly to the Office of Admission. 

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.

These policies are subject to enrollment management concerns, reviewed periodically and may be changed according to the needs of the university. Enrollment will be managed according to the university caps determined by university officials, UW System and the Board of Regent mandates. Furthermore, university enrollment caps may be determined by college/program specific needs and by specific student categories.

Transfer Credit Evaluation Policy

A credit review will evaluate all the courses taken to determine the number of credits that will be granted in transfer. The UW-Platteville transfer policy is guided by the UW System Transfer Policy.

Credits may be awarded for college-level coursework completed at four-year and two-year institutions accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Foreign institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country.  Courses must be similar in nature, level and content to a course in our undergraduate curriculum and applicable to one of our academic programs. Continuing education courses, graduate-level courses, and courses that are remedial, technical, vocational or doctrinal in nature are not transferable. 

Grade Point Average: When credits are transferred and accepted, they are recorded in terms of UW-Platteville courses. Grades received will not be calculated into the UW-Platteville grade point.  Please note, however, transfer course grades may be used by the colleges and departments in determining admissibility into specific programs and majors. The UW-Platteville cumulative grade point average will be calculated using only UW-Platteville credits earned in residence at the university.

Credit Conversion:  Courses taken on a quarter credit or unit other than semester credits will be converted to semester credits. 

Credit Hours:  Students who transfer from the Wisconsin Technical College System, or other accredited two-year institutions may transfer a maximum of 72 credits from those institutions.  There is no limit on transferable credits from a four-year university.

Equivalent vs. Elective Credit:  Transfer courses with descriptions that closely match the descriptions of courses taught at UW–Platteville will generally transfer as direct course equivalent credits. Transfer courses that don't have direct course equivalents at UW–Platteville will transfer as elective credits within the appropriate academic department, or as general elective credit.

Once the credit evaluation is completed, it is made available to the student in PASS Self-Service.  It is important that the student review this information very carefully and contact the transfer advisor if the student believes there has been an error in the credits granted in transfer, or if the student believes a transfer course should count toward a particular requirement.  The evaluation will also be available to the college of the student’s major so that it is available for review by an assigned advisor to assist in the advising and registration process. The advisor or department chair will determine which courses and credits may be transferred to meet the requirements of the student’s declared major. In the event that a student disagrees with how a course(s) applies toward a degree program, an appeal of the evaluation may be made through the Chair of the Department where the course resides. For students that have not declared a major, an advisor for undecided students will assist them in determining a course schedule. All students are strongly encouraged to meet with university advisors before transferring to ensure a smooth transition.

The transfer policy discussed here is subject to enrollment management needs, which are reviewed periodically and may be changed according to the needs of the university.  For additional details, visit the Office of Admission transfer guide page at https://campus.uwplatt.edu/admission/transfer-credits


Principles of Accommodation for UW Students
  • Academic policies should apply to students transferring from another UW campus in the same way they apply to students who are continuing at the same UW campus. For example, the same requirements for admission to majors and programs should apply to both groups of students.
  • A course that fulfills a general education requirement (e.g., humanities) or an ethnic studies requirement at one UW campus should count as general education requirements or ethnic studies at the UW transfer campus.  Students should contact their transfer advisor following their course evaluation if a course is not fulfilling the general education requirement.
  • Students who transfer with a UW Associate Degree will have satisfied university-wide, college or school general education at their UW transfer campus. Consult an advisor regarding additional proficiency, college, school, or program requirements not covered by this policy.
Transfer of Associate Degree

Students transferring from a UW System institution or an Illinois community college with an earned associate degree in arts or sciences will have met all university general education requirements.

UW Branch Campus Guaranteed Transfer Program

Students participating in the UW Branch Campus/UW-Platteville Guaranteed Transfer Program may begin their university education at a UW branch campus and, if they meet the requirements listed below, will be guaranteed admission to UW-Platteville upon completion of 60 credits. Some majors and programs make exceptions for the required number of credits; be sure to check with the department or program for which early transfer is recommended.

To be eligible for the Guaranteed Transfer Program, students must:

  1. Have matriculated as a new freshman at a UW branch campus
  2. Submit a Declaration of Intention to participate in the Guaranteed Transfer Program prior to the start of the sophomore year (30 credits) at the UW branch campus
  3. Complete the minimum number of credits required within three years of the time of matriculation at the UW branch campus
  4. Complete and submit to UW-Platteville a UW System Application for Admission. Students must submit this application in accordance with the deadlines and enrollment procedures imposed for all transfer students and should note on the application their participation in the Guaranteed Transfer Program
  5. Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a 2.00 in the term prior to transfer

UW branch campus students participating in the Guaranteed Transfer Program must also meet the same criteria (e.g., G.P.A., course requirements) for admission to specific programs as continuing UW-Platteville students. The guarantee of admission applies only to the institution, not to the specific major or program. Students should consult an academic advisor to determine the required G.P.A. for their intended major or program.

Transferring from Madison Area Technical College and Nicolet Area Technical College

Students transferring from Madison Area Technical College and Nicolet Area Technical College with an earned Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree granted on or after May 7, 2003, will have met all university general education requirements with the EXCEPTION of the ethnic and gender studies requirement. The two exceptions mean that these requirements will still need to be met by the transfer of specific courses satisfying the ethnic and gender studies areas or by completing the requirements through classes at UW-Platteville.

Transferring from Milwaukee Area Technical College

Students transferring from Milwaukee Area Technical College with an earned Associate of Arts (NOT the Associate of Science) degree granted on or after May 7, 2003, will have met all university general education requirements with the EXCEPTION of the ethnic and gender studies requirement.

Transferring from a Wisconsin Technical College

The number of credits accepted for transfer from a Wisconsin Technical College is generally limited. It is possible to transfer up to the maximum of 30 credits through the Universal Credit Transfer Agreement in general education courses. More credits may be accepted if program-to-program articulation agreements have been approved; check with the institution to see if this applies or contact the Office of Admission.

Transferring from Iowa Community Colleges

Students transferring from the following Iowa Community Colleges with an earned Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree granted on or after May 15, 2013, will have met all university general education requirements with the EXCEPTION of the ethnic and gender studies requirements. Hawkeye, Des Moines Area, Southeastern Iowa, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Valley, North Iowa Area, Iowa Central, Indian Hills, Western Iowa, Northwest Iowa, Southwestern Iowa, and Iowa Western.

Transferring from Kirkwood Community College and Eastern Iowa Community College District

Students transferring from Kirkwood Community College and Eastern Iowa Community College District with an earned Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree granted on or after Dec. 3, 2008, will have met all university general education requirements with the EXCEPTION of the international education, natural sciences, and ethnic and gender studies requirements. With regard to the natural sciences, students transferring from KCC and EICCD with an A.A. or A.S. degree must have natural science courses, each with a laboratory, from two different areas. These courses must be completed either at KCC or EICCD prior to transfer to UW-Platteville or at UW-Platteville after the student transfers. Students from KCC and EICCD will also need to meet the international education, and ethnic and gender studies requirements either by the transfer of courses meeting these requirements or by completing them through classes at UW-Platteville. If all of the coursework was not completed at one of these recognized institutions, credits may not transfer and the associate degree may not satisfy the general education requirements. Articulations with other schools may also exist.

Transferring from Northeast Iowa Community College

Students transferring from Northeast Iowa Community College with an earned Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree granted on or after Dec. 3, 2003, will have met all university general education requirements with the EXCEPTION of the ethnic and gender studies requirement.

Other Transfer Credits

Additional agreements and guides can be found at https://campus.uwplatt.edu/admission/transfer-credits. Transfer credit is accepted for appropriate college-level courses completed through extension or correspondence study from accredited colleges or universities. Certain military service school credit may be granted in transfer, based upon recommendations by the American Council on Education.