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Transfer Admission Guidelines

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Transfer Admissions Decisions

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

Academic Factors

  • Rigor of completed college courses
  • Number of college transfer credits earned
  • Individual course grades
  • Collegiate cumulative GPA (minimum 2.0; 2.5 preferred)
  • High school academic record (if fewer than 30 transferable college credits have been earned at the time of application)

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 students who may need further support.

Nonacademic factors are given strong consideration for nontraditional students. 


Transfer Credit Policy

Credit is awarded for college-level course work completed at institutions accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and 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. Courses from non-accredited institutions may be reviewed by the appropriate university departments to determine transferability; contact the Admissions Office for more information. Course equivalency information can be found through the Transfer Information System. Students can also find current UW Oshkosh articulation agreements.


General Education Information for Transfer Students

Every student at every liberal arts institution participates in general education curriculum. At UW Oshkosh, we refer to our general education program as the “University Studies Program” or “USP.”

We know that as a transfer student, your experiences are a bit different. You’re coming in with credits, or maybe even a full degree, so here’s a quick breakdown of the USP requirements you need to complete based on the number of credits you’re bringing with you.

Please note that transfer students are still required to meet all major, minor (if any) and degree requirements. The chart below refers to USP expectations only. 

0-14 credits You’re still considered a first-year student and will be able to participate in all USP Quest and Connect courses. Any courses you’ve taken previously will continue to transfer to UW Oshkosh, but the names of courses or course categories may differ slightly.
15-59 credits To help you get situated on campus, you are required to enroll in “USP 200,” which is our Transition Year Experience. This is a 0-credit courses that meets one hour for the first two weeks of your first semester at UW Oshkosh. This will help you learn what UWO has to offer, show you what resources are available and introduce you to new people. You are not required to complete any Quest courses or signature questions.
60+ credits & completed associate degree Because you have more than 60 credits, you are not required to take the Quest sequence of courses or the Transition Year Experience. Admissions will determine what courses transfer and identify any courses you may need to complete.

If you’ve already completed an approved associate degree, your USP requirements are automatically fulfilled.

UW Oshkosh and the USP honor all current and emerging UW System agreements related to inter-institutional transfer. Courses that have transferred to UWO previously will continue to transfer, though names of courses or course categories may differ.

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