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Admission Policies

(For first-year undergraduate students, re-entry students, transfer students and special students)

A. Admission for First-Year Students

A first-year student is one who has not earned any transferable college credit after high school graduation. (An applicant who earns college transferable credit while simultaneously enrolled as a high school student is considered a first-year student.) Students may apply for admission for the fall term starting on August 1 during the year prior to the desired fall term for entrance. Application review begins on August 1. High school seniors and others are encouraged to apply during the fall term, or as early as possible after that time. Applications will be accepted until the first-year class is full or until the start of the fall term whichever comes sooner. Late applications will be processed only as time and space allow.

Steps for admission (steps and fees subject to change upon University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents)

  1. Application-All applicants must submit the UW System application available at https://apply.wisconsin.edu. The online application is highly encouraged, but a paper application may be downloaded and printed from the online application site.
  2. A student may submit an unofficial transcript or official GED/HSED scores at the time of application. A final, official transcript will need to be submitted prior to the start of their first semester.
  3. In December of 2020, all UW System Universities elected to move to a test-optional admissions policy. Therefore, through the Spring of 2023, the ACT (American College Testing Program) or SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) test scores are no longer required for admissions. While not required, students may opt to submit their ACT/SAT scores. Students may request that submitted scores be taken into consideration.  Individuals may also take the ACT/SAT exam at the UW Oshkosh testing center. To contact the UW Oshkosh testing center call 920-424-1432.
  4. The UW System has suspended the $50 application fee until December 2022.

Admission guidelines (guidelines subject to change on an annual basis)

The Admission Decision

Applicants for admission are provided a comprehensive review. Determinants for admission include several academic and non-academic factors. Among the academic factors considered is:

  • a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that includes, and ideally exceeds, the minimum course preparation outlined below
  • cumulative grade point average
  • high school class rank
  • test scores for either the ACT or the SAT

Nonacademic factors (particularly relevant for non-traditionally aged applicants) include, but are not limited to:

  • leadership experiences
  • community service
  • motivation
  • life circumstances that positively contribute to the University’s strength and reflect its mission and values

Applicants are encouraged to provide documentation that supports consideration for admission, including their personal statement and letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak directly to the applicant’s ability to succeed academically.

Academic Factors 

Academic preparation and, in particular, the strength of the college preparatory coursework are important components of any admissions decision. The course requirements listed below represent the minimum distribution expected. Most applicants will exceed this distribution.

  • English – 4 units
  • Social Science – 3 units
  • Mathematics – 3 units (Algebra, Geometry, and other unit)
  • Natural Science – 3 units
  • Additional Academic Electives – 4 units (additional courses from above or foreign language or fine arts or computer science)

Project Success

Eligible for admission to the University’s Project Success program. Project Success is a program for UW Oshkosh students who have dyslexia or other language-based learning disabilities. There is no charge for Project Success services. Currently the program serves over 300 students. For more information about Project Success and admissions guidelines please visit https://uwosh.edu/projectsuccess/

Important follow up steps to admission

  • Enrollment deposit—To secure a spot in the first-year student class, an admitted student must complete a confirmation form that is sent to them via email to secure their spot. Once the form is completed this allows students to choose a Titan Takeoff date and to access the online housing portal.
  • Financial Aid—All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. The only application necessary is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at ed.gov, which opens on October 1st. The UW Oshkosh priority-filing date is December 15th, prior to the start of the fall term. However, students may file at any time and financial aid will be awarded to eligible students as long as funding is available. In order to submit the application, the student/parents must have filed the prior-prior year’s (two years ago) federal income tax forms.
  • Placement testing—All first-year admits must complete the UW System placement testing for English and math prior to scheduling classes. Placement Testing for foreign language is optional. Information on the testing sites, dates, registration and policies is available in February prior to the fall term.
  • Housing— Admitted students who have submitted the confirmation form will be eligible to enter the online housing portal. All first-year students are guaranteed on-campus, residence hall housing. UW Oshkosh complies with the Board of Regents Housing Policy which states: “those freshmen and sophomore students who are not veterans, married or living with parents or legal guardians shall be required to live in a University-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available.”  Students who have reached the age of 21 prior to the first day of classes are exempt. A $150 housing pre-payment and housing contract must be submitted to reserve a residence hall room. The deposit is refundable (less a $25.00 administrative fee) with a written cancellation notice provided no later than June 15.

B. Admission for Re-entry Students

Any student who has previously enrolled at UW Oshkosh but has not been enrolled during the most recent term, must apply for re-entry admission to the University to activate their student record.

Re-entry student categories

Re-entry applicants will fall into 1 of 3 categories including re-entry, re-entry from suspension, and transfer re-entry.

  • Re-entry students are those who left the University in good academic and disciplinary standing and attended no other college or university following withdrawal from UW Oshkosh. An application may be submitted online at https://apply.wisconsin.eduor by requesting a paper application available in the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office, Dempsey Hall 135. No application fee is required.
  • Re-entry from suspension students are those who were suspended from the University due to poor academic performance.  An application may be submitted online at https://apply.wisconsin.eduor by requesting a paper application available in the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office, Dempsey Hall 135.  In addition, re-entry from suspension applicants must also submit a suspension appeals form and supporting documents.  The appeals form is available in the Admissions Office.  No application fee is required.
  • Transfer re-entry students are those who left UW Oshkosh, earned college credit elsewhere at one or more colleges or universities after leaving UW Oshkosh, and now wish to return to UW Oshkosh. An application may be submitted online at https://apply.wisconsin.edu.  In addition to the application form, the applicant must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended since last enrolled at UW Oshkosh. No application fee is required.

Steps for re-entry admission

  • Enrollment deposit—In order to gain access to a class registration date a re-entry student must complete a confirmation form that is sent to them via email to secure their spot.
  • Class registration—Re-entry students are assigned a class registration date comparable to their continuing student counterparts who have earned a similar number of credits. Class registration is done online using TitanWeb from any location.
  • Academic Advising—Although re-entry students are not required to meet with an academic advisor, unless they were readmitted from suspension, it is critical that students who are basing their current degree status on academic courses taken more than 10 years ago do so. The advisor will be able to 1) determine if the content of prerequisite courses or required courses in the major have changed enough that they do not meet current requirements, and 2) help the student identify how to meet the current requirements. Information about academic advising for re-entry students is provided at the time of admission.
  • Financial Aid—All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid.  The only application necessary is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at ed.gov, which opens October 1st. The UW Oshkosh priority-filing date is December 15th, prior to the start of the fall term.  However, students may file at any time and financial aid will be awarded to eligible students as long as funding is available.  In order to submit the FAFSA application, the student/parents must have filed the prior-prior (two years ago) year’s federal income tax forms.
  • Housing— Admitted students who have submitted the confirmation form will be eligible to enter the online housing portal. The University makes every effort to provide on-campus, residence hall housing for all admitted students. UW Oshkosh complies with the Board of Regents Housing Policy which states: “those freshmen and sophomore students who are not veterans, married or living with parents or legal guardians shall be required to live in a University-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available.” Students who have reached the age of 21 prior to the first day of classes are exempt. A $150 housing pre-payment and housing contract must be submitted to reserve a residence hall room. The deposit is refundable (less a $25.00 administrative fee) with a written cancellation notice provided no later than June 15.

 C. Admission for Transfer Students

Any student who has earned college or university credit from another institution after high school graduation must apply as a transfer student.  Post-secondary institutions include two and four-year colleges and universities as well as technical colleges. Students may apply for admission for the fall term starting on August 1st during the year prior to the desired fall term for entrance. Students may apply for the spring term starting on April 1st during the year prior to the desired spring term for entrance. Applications will be accepted until the transfer class is full or until the start of the term, whichever comes sooner. Applications received less than two weeks prior to the start of the term will be processed as time and space allow.

Steps for transfer admission (steps and fees subject to change upon University of Wisconsin Board System Board of Regents)

  1. Application-All applicants must submit the UW System application available at https://apply.wisconsin.edu. The online application is highly encouraged, but paper applications are available by downloading and printing the online version.
  2. Official college transcripts-All applicants must submit official college transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.
  3. Official High School Transcript or GED/HSED test scores-If the applicant has not completed a minimum of 30 transferable college credits or has only technical college credits, the student must submit official high school transcripts.
  4. The UW System has suspended the $50 application fee until December 2022

Admission guidelines (guidelines subject to change on an annual basis)

The Admission Decision for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are provided a comprehensive review. Determinants for admission include a number of academic and non-academic factors. Academic factors for admission include the academic rigor of the completed college courses, the earned number of college transfer credits, individual course grades and the collegiate cumulative grade point average. A transfer applicant’s high school academic record, including curriculum, GPA, class rank and ACT or SAT score will also be considered when less than 30 semester transfer credits have been earned at the time of application.   Applicants must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for transferable credits to be considered.  A cumulative 2.5 GPA or greater is preferred. Nonacademic factors include, but are not limited to, leadership experiences, community service, motivation and life circumstances that will positively contribute to the University’s strength and reflect its mission and values. Applicants are encouraged to provide documentation that supports consideration for admission, including their own personal statement and letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak directly to the applicant’s ability to be academically successful.

Admission to UW Oshkosh Professional Colleges and Programs

The application to UW Oshkosh is an application for admission to the University. It does not serve as application or admission to a professional college or program that has separate and distinct admission procedures. Since admission to many UW Oshkosh programs requires a second admission process based often times on college grades, particular attention will be given to a transfer applicant’s college cumulative GPA, the trend of college grades, earned number of transfer credits, desired major and rigor of coursework.

Admission steps

  • Enrollment deposit—To secure a spot in the transfer student class, an admitted student must complete a confirmation form that is sent to them via email to secure their spot. At the time the deposit is submitted, the admitted student is assigned a class registration date that is based upon the cumulative number of college credits earned at the time of admission. The class registration date will coincide with that of UW Oshkosh continuing students who have earned a similar number of credits. Registration for classes is done online using TitanWeb.
  • Academic Advising-Students are encouraged to secure an academic advising appointment following admission. Although academic advising is not required of all students, it is required for certain majors and is highly recommended for all. Advising is also critical for students with courses taken more than 10 years ago. The advisor will be able to 1) determine if the content of prerequisite courses or required courses in the major have changed enough that they do not meet current requirements, and 2) help the student identify how to meet the current requirements. Information about academic advising options is provided at the time of admission. The student may also request a transfer credit report, an evaluation of transfer credits.
  • Financial Aid—All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. The only application necessary is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at fafsa.ed.gov, which opens October 1st. The UW Oshkosh priority-filing date is December 15th, prior to the start of the fall term. However, students may file at any time and financial aid will be awarded to eligible students as long as funding is available. In order to submit the application, the student/parents must have filed the prior-prior year’s (two years ago) federal income tax forms.
  • Placement testing—Any admitted transfer student who has not already completed a transferable college level English composition and math class and who has not previously taken the UW System math and English placement tests will be required to do so before enrolling in a math or English course. Placement testing for foreign language is optional.
  • Housing—admitted students who have submitted their confirmation form will be eligible to enter the online Housing. The University makes every effort to provide on-campus, residence hall housing for all admitted students. UW Oshkosh complies with the Board of Regents Housing Policy which states: “those freshmen and sophomore students who are not veterans, married or living with parents or legal guardians shall be required to live in a University-operated residence hall when such accommodations are available.” Students who have reached the age of 21 prior to the first day of classes are exempt. A $150 housing pre-payment and housing contract must be submitted to reserve a residence hall room. The deposit is refundable (less a $25.00 administrative fee) with a written cancellation notice provided no later than June

Transfer of credits

Credits earned at other accredited colleges and universities are evaluated on the basis of official transcripts submitted as part of the admissions credentials.  Course equivalencies are posted to the student’s permanent academic record.  Posted transfer courses may not meet specific major and degree requirements at UW Oshkosh.  The professional college or the department housing the intended UW Oshkosh major determines how courses accepted in transfer apply to the degree and program requirements.  Students transferring to UW Oshkosh are able to view transferable course equivalencies by utilizing Transferology.  All UW System institutions, Wisconsin Tribal Colleges, and the Wisconsin Technical College institutions provide course-by-course detail on this web site.

Grades for courses transferred to UW Oshkosh are not used in calculating the student’s official UW Oshkosh grade point average. However, transfer course grades do appear on the transcript and may be used by the professional colleges and departments in determining admissibility into specific programs and majors.

The UW Oshkosh GPA will be calculated using only UW Oshkosh credits earned.  For various university level honors designations students must earn at least 60 credits at UW Oshkosh and only those grades are considered.

Students who have completed an Associate of Arts and Science degree at a University of Wisconsin System institution, or an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree through a Wisconsin Technical College System Liberal Arts program, may transfer to UW Oshkosh and receive credit for having met most University Studies Program (general education) requirements.  A maximum of 72 credits may be transferred to UW Oshkosh from any accredited two-year college.

Upon being admitted, transfer students may request a transfer credit report.  The credit evaluation will provide UW Oshkosh equivalency data for all transferred courses. Students will be able to access their Advisement Report (AR), a degree audit that shows how the transferred credits apply toward the particular program and degree requirements.

Students should contact the Admissions Office at 920-424-3164 or via email at transfer@uwosh.edu, with questions about transfer of credits or to receive information to appeal a credit transfer decision.

In general, credits earned at non-accredited institutions do not transfer or apply toward program or degree requirements at UW Oshkosh.  However, the student may appeal this on a course-by-course basis to the department housing the intended major.  Students may also receive credit by examination (CLEP).  Information about CLEP may be obtained from the Testing Center in Polk Library 3, 920-424-1401.

UW System/Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Uniform Policy Statement on Credit Transfer

Students enrolled at a WTCS campus who wish to continue their education in the University of Wisconsin System may be eligible to transfer credits toward their bachelor’s degree in the following ways:

  • College parallel liberal arts programs at five Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) campuses (Madison CollegeMilwaukee Area Technical CollegeNicolet Area Technical CollegeChippewa Valley Technical College, and Western Technical College) allow you to transfer up to 72 credits to UW Oshkosh.
  • UW Oshkosh will transfer approved University Studies Program (general education) course work (communications, behavioral sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences) from WTCS Applied Associate degree programs.
  • In some cases, UW Oshkosh may also accept occupational/technical courses from specific WTCS associate degree programs. It is a good idea to be aware of transfer agreements, requirements, and policies. As a potential transfer student, you should consult advisers and admission staff well before the intended semester of transfer.
  • The Bachelor of Applied Studies degree program in Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW Oshkosh recognizes in transfer most WTCS Applied Associate degrees. For information on these specific degree programs see: https://uwosh.edu/oce/future-students/technical-college-transfer-information/
  • Students transferring from the WTCS may be eligible for credit by earning appropriate scores on national standardized examinations; e.g. College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
  • UW Oshkosh generally will not grant credit for technical college courses taken before January 1990. English and Social Studies 1990, Science and Math before 1995. Students may request exceptions through the appropriate Department Chair.

D. Admission of Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students not seeking to earn a baccalaureate degree at the time of enrollment in undergraduate course work are known as special students.  Special students fall into a variety of different categories and circumstances including the following:

  • Persons who have earned a baccalaureate degree but are not seeking a second degree or certification.
  • Persons who have graduated from high school but are not seeking a degree.
  • High school students who are participants in the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP).
  • High school students who are involved in the Early College Credit Program (ECCP).
  • Other high school students who meet certain admissions eligibility requirements and have permission from their school district to enroll at UW Oshkosh as a high school special on campus.

Steps for non-degree special students

  • Application—All applicants must submit the UW System application available at https://apply.wisconsin.edu. Use of the online application is highly encouraged, but a paper application may be obtained by downloading and printing the online version.
  • Application fee—No application fee is required.
  • Transcripts—Students concurrently enrolled in high school at the time of application must provide official high school transcripts. Other applicants may be required to provide transcripts and in some cases, ACT/SAT test scores upon submitting the application. The Admissions Office will request transcripts when they are needed.

Key dates and admission steps

The admissions notification will contain information regarding class registration.

  • Special students are eligible to register shortly before the beginning of the intended term of enrollment only after all continuing and degree seeking students are eligible to do so.
  • Special students are not eligible for financial aid, cannot participate in intercollegiate athletics and are not entitled to academic advising.
  • Special students may live in University owned residence halls.
  • Special students must re-apply for each term of enrollment. Admission is granted to special students on a term-by-term basis.

E. Academic Amnesty

Under this policy prior grades may be excluded from the computation of a student’s official cumulative grade point average.

  • Transfer, re-entry, or transfer/re-entry students seeking admission or readmission to UW Oshkosh who have not earned a baccalaureate degree may be eligible for exclusion of grades, not credits or courses, earned five or more years prior to their current term of admission as a degree seeking student.  This policy does not apply to graduate programs.

Students who are admissible to the University are eligible to apply for application of this policy no later than the end of their first semester at UW Oshkosh.

A student can apply for and receive Academic Amnesty only once. The decision of the Admissions Office is final.  There is no appeal process.

If Academic Amnesty is granted, all courses and grades taken during an identified academic term(s) five years before admission/readmission will continue to appear on the student’s record.  If multiple terms are included in the granting of academic amnesty, the terms must be continuous.  If granted, the grades of all classes in that term(s) will be excluded in the official GPA.  The computation of the student’s official cumulative GPA will not include the excluded grades. Credit hours earned with a .67 (D-) or better may be used to satisfy degree requirements, even though they are not included in the student’s official GPA.  Academic Amnesty does not adjust the GPA and number of credits attempted and counted toward Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid.

Academic Amnesty applies to admission to the University, not to particular programs.  The colleges retain ultimate authority to determine admission to the college.  Likewise, colleges retain the right to limit the number of repeated courses.  If, after the successful granting of an Academic Amnesty application, a student achieves eligibility for admission to a program, a college cannot reject the student’s eligibility for admission.

All other University policies (for example, UW Oshkosh Repeat Policy) remain in effect and are not changed by the Academic Amnesty policy.  Only the official GPA will be considered for eligibility for graduation honors.