International Students

Admissions Criteria

The Fox Cities campus admission requirements for students who are not residents of the United States are different than the admission requirements for U.S. residents. International applicants are admitted on the basis of their academic preparation, their ability to effectively understand and use the English language and the determination by the international admissions office that their educational and career goals may be furthered by attendance at the Fox Cities campus.

Admission factors include:

  • Completion of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum at the high school (or equivalent) level;
  • Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or 6.25 on a 10-point scale, OR when scores are calculated based on a comparison of each student to the average of all of the other students, scores of 1, 2 and 3 (based on a 10-point scale with 1 being the highest);
  • Grades or scores specifically in college preparatory courses;
  • High school class rank (if available);
  • Grade or score trends throughout the high school career (does the student perform the same, better or worse as they progress through high school?);
  • English proficiency score;
  • Personal statement addressing leadership experiences, community service, motivation and life circumstances that will positively contribute to the University’s strength and reflect its mission and values; AND
  • Letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak directly to the applicant’s ability to be academically successful.

Please note:

  • A GPA cannot be calculated from scores that are based on a comparison of each student to the average of all other students.
  • If grades or scores show that a student’s performance was lower over one semester or year than the semesters that came before and after, this must be addressed in the personal statement.

English Proficiency Requirement

Undergraduate degree-seeking applicants affirm English language ability by one of the following methods:

  • Having TOEFL, IELTS, or STEP/EIKEN scores submitted directly to UW Oshkosh by the testing agency;
  • Successfully completing the UW Oshkosh Intensive English program or another pre-approved English language program*;
  • successfully completing one year (approximately 30 credits) at a U.S. college or university; or
  • earning a high school diploma from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
English Language Tests Accepted at UW Oshkosh
  • TOEFL Minimum score: 71 ibt
    Report must be mailed directly to UW Oshkosh (institution code: 1916) from the testing agency.
  • IELTS Minimum score: 6.0
    Report must be mailed directly to UW Oshkosh from the testing agency.
  • STEP/EIKEN Minimum score: Level 1
    For students whose native language is Japanese.
*Other Approved English Language Programs

Full Admission and Conditional Admission

Applicants who meet all admissions criteria including minimum language requirements may be admitted directly to the Fox Cities Campus of UW Oshkosh.

Undergraduate applicants who meet all admissions criteria except minimum language requirements may be conditionally admitted into the University and may matriculate without re-applying for admission following successful completion of the UW Oshkosh Intensive English Program (IEP), another pre-approved English language program or an increase in test scores.

Undergraduate applicants who are conditionally admitted and intend to study through the UW Oshkosh IEP and graduate applicants who choose to attend the IEP will receive an I-20 specifically for the English Language training, per new federal guidelines. Upon successful completion of the IEP, the I-20 will be updated to reflect the student’s intended degree program.

Applicants who are conditionally admitted but do not intend to study through the UW Oshkosh IEP will, after meeting minimum language requirements, be required to submit updated immigration-related paperwork prior to receiving an I-20.


Dual Degree and Degree Pathway Students

Admission criteria include individual course grades, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and the English proficiency score. An applicant’s high school academic record will always be considered when fewer than 30 college-level semester credits have been earned at the time of application and may also be required of any student whose application requires further review.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Fox Cities Campus
1478 Midway Road
Menasha, WI 54952
(920) 832-2600