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It’s time. You are ready for life after high school, and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is ready to help you find your path, grow your world, learn to lead and succeed. UW Oshkosh’s caring faculty and staff are dedicated to providing top-quality academic programs. With nearly 200 majors, minors and emphases that you can mix and match, we’ve got a plan to get you where you want to be.



Admissions Guidelines: Course Requirements

Students most likely to be successful in college and more likely to be admitted will have completed more than the minimum high school core course units noted below, particularly in math and science.

Many of our freshmen have completed Advanced Placement (AP), Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) or Youth Options college courses while still in high school.

For admissions consideration, students must complete:



English 4
Social Science 3
Mathematics: Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2 3
Science 3
Academic Electives: Additional Courses from above or foreign language or fine arts or computer science 4
Total  17 

Please contact us if you have questions about the admissions guidelines and course requirements.


The Admissions Decision

Applicants for admission are provided a comprehensive review. Determinants for admission include a number of academic and nonacademic factors.

Academic Factors

  • Rigor of college preparatory high school curriculum
  • High school class rank (when available)
  • ACT or SAT scores (currently optional due to testing restrictions)
  • Cumulative grade-point average (GPA)

Key Nonacademic Factors

  • Extracurricular involvement: leadership experience, volunteerism and community service
  • Diversity of personal background, work experience and life circumstances
  • Student’s personal statement and responses to questions on the application
  • Letters of recommendation are optional but may be helpful for those students who may need further support
Nonacademic factors are given strong consideration for nontraditional students who may have graduated high school long before applying to college.

Profile of Admitted Freshmen

The following data provides a summary of the average academic profile for admitted freshmen. Applicants may wish to use this as a benchmark to estimate their likelihood of admission. However, since all applications are given a comprehensive review that takes into consideration all of the factors already noted, this data should not be interpreted as a guarantee of admission or prediction for denial.

UW Oshkosh Profile for Admitted First-Year Students



Mean Class Rank Percentile

Mean ACT

Mean GPA

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