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Information for Parents and High School Counselors

UW Oshkosh appreciates the vital role you play as a parent or high school counselor. You are so important in helping your students consider the options available to them following graduation, and hope that you find the resources on this page useful. If you have questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Admissions Guidelines

What are the guidelines for admission?

A full list of the guidelines for admission to UW Oshkosh on our Freshman Admissions Guidelines page. We use a comprehensive review process for each applicant, which takes individual circumstances – both academic and nonacademic – into account. Click here for more information.

Admissions Timeline

When can students apply?

High school seniors, who are planning to graduate in 2021, should consider the following date:

  • August 1, 2020: The application for admission goes live. Seniors may start to fill in their application at If a student requires a paper application, they can download a copy here.
    • New this year, students may begin filling out their application right away on August 1 and they can submit it starting August 1 as well. We will start reviewing the students’ application right away when all necessary materials have been received.

Students can apply until the start of the fall 2021 semester; however, space is limited, so it is beneficial to apply early. Several scholarships available only to admitted students have deadlines in early February 2021.

How long does it take to get an admissions decision?

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis upon successful receipt of all application materials. Typical decisions take approximately 2-3 weeks.

What happens after admission to the University? 

Once a student is admitted to the University, they will receive communication from our office regarding their next steps. Typically, students will submit their $100 enrollment deposit to select their Advisement and Registration date. Once the deposit is received, students are also able to complete their application for housing.

Housing selection dates are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis — so, if students have a specific hall they would like to live in, it is beneficial to do this process early.

Students typically follow the processes for placement testing and class registration in early 2021.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships and Financial Aid 

Scholarship Priority Date

UW Oshkosh offers more than $200,000 in freshmen scholarships each year. To be eligible for these scholarships, students must be admitted to the University and submit their scholarship application(s) by Feb. 5, 2021 unless otherwise noted. Students use a tool called Academic Works to search the full list of scholarships offered by UW Oshkosh plus match their qualifications to individual awards suited for them.

Academic Excellence Scholarships and National Merit Finalist Awards

Students named by their Wisconsin high school as the Academic Excellence Scholar (AES) are encouraged to apply for UWO’s Enhanced Academic Excellence Scholarship. This scholarship provides an additional $2,000 tuition remission, 50% of the cost of standard room and board, $400 book allowance and $1,500 work opportunity. The value of this award is more than $7,350 just from UW Oshkosh and is renewable for eight semesters as long as the student maintains the AES qualifications.

UWO also offers a National Merit Finalist award, which provides full tuition, room and board costs and an $800 book allowance. Finalists must provide a copy of the finalist designation letter and details are provided upon receipt of verification.

Students may also be eligible for one of our Chancellor’s Academic Scholarships($2,000) or a Multicultural Honors Scholarship (up to $3,000).

Early FAFSA and Financial Aid Priority Date

Students enrolling in college for fall 2021 can file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting Oct. 1, 2020. The priority filing date for UW Oshkosh is Jan. 1, 2021, which will allow students to receive aid packages in early 2021. UW Oshkosh’s FAFSA school code is 003920.

High School Student Programs

UW Oshkosh provides opportunities for academically qualified high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school. Learn more about opportunities for current high school students.

College Prep Web Resources

Students who plan to attend college immediately following graduation ideally should begin their college-decision making process by their junior year in high school. College-bound students can streamline their college selection process by attending one of the Wisconsin Education Fairs . The KnowHow2GO website is another helpful resource that lays out the steps that need to be taken to be eligible for acceptance to a college or university.


UW HELP Online

Students planning on attending one of the UW System campuses are encouraged to use the resources provided by the UW HELP Online website, including “Major Mania.” For counselors, the UW Help Counselor website covers a broad range of helpful topics from ACT scores to information about the annual UW System counselor workshops.


Please contact us if you have any questions or if you wish to speak with one of our admissions counselors: (920) 424-3164 or

UW Oshkosh Admissions
800 Algoma Boulevard
135 Dempsey Hall
Oshkosh, WI 54901


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