Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2014 admission may be submitted beginning September 1, 2013. We'll review applications beginning September 15, 2013. You should apply as early as possible (recommended by January 1) for fall admission. Portfolios are required for applicants of:

  • Game Design and Development - Art
  • Graphic Design and Interactive Media


Applying to UW-Stout

A complete application must include:

  • Admissions Application
  • $44 application fee
  • official high school transcripts
  • and a copy of your ACT/SAT scores. 

The review process will begin once we have all four documents.



New Freshman Guidelines

Academic preparation and success are the primary factors considered for admission to the university. No single factor, attribute, or characteristic will be used to determine admission. Admission will be based on multiple criteria including academic and personal achievements. Nonacademic qualifications can make a good applicant strong however; they will not make an academically weak applicant admissible.

New freshman are likely to be admitted if they rank in the top 50% of their graduating class (a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater will only be used if your high school does not rank); OR receive a composite ACT score of 22 or greater (or SAT equivalent). To have scores reported to us from ACT, use our ACT institution code of 4652; for SAT, the code is 1740.

The following majors are competitive
and require further academic achievement:

  »  Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

Applied Mathematics and Computer Science applicants must meet all of the following requirements: Rank in the top 50 percent of your class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale); and have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or SAT equivalent); and have a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent).

  »  Applied Science, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Plastics Engineering

Applied Science, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Plastics Engineering applicants must meet one of the following requirements: Rank in the top 40 percent of your class with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent); or have a minimum ACT score of 22 (or SAT equivalent) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent); or earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (only for high schools that do not rank) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent).

  »  Game Design and Development

Game Design and Development (Computer Science concentration) must meet all of the following requirements:

  • rank in the top 40 percent of their class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • minimum ACT composite score of 23 (or SAT equivalent)
  • minimum ACT math score of 24 (or SAT equivalent).
  • submit an essay to be reviewed by a committee of Game Design and Development faculty, who will determine admission into the major.

Students must submit their essay by January 10, 2014 and will have a decision in early February 2014. Students not selected for admission to the program may choose to enter the University as Undeclared and apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters. Acceptance of change of major may be dependent upon available openings in the program.

Game Design and Development (Art concentration) Art concentration applicants must submit a portfolio and essay to be reviewed by a committee of Game Design and Development faculty, who will determine admission into the major. Students must submit their portfolio and essay by January 10th, 2014 and will have a decision in early February 2014.

  »  Graphic Design and Interactive Media

Graphic Design and Interactive Media applicants must also submit a portfolio and essay to be reviewed by a committee of Art and Design department faculty, who will determine admission into the major. Students must submit their portfolio and essay by March 19, 2014 and will have a decision by late March.

  »  Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management students may enroll their freshman year as Pre-HRTM. Students may be admitted to the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program upon the completion of the first year (minimum of 24 credits) with an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater and a minimum of four months of documented active involvement in a recognized Stout Student Association (SSA) organization.

Recommended student organizations include:

  • Club Managers of America (CMA)
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)
  • Property Management Association (PMA)
  • Restaurant and Tavern Management Association (RTMA)
  • Stout Special Events Society (SSES)
  • Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association (WH&LA)

If the cumulative GPA is below 2.75, students may continue to be enrolled as pre-HRTM and may reapply once their cumulative GPA is 2.75 or greater.

  »  Supply Chain Management

To be admitted to the program, the following is required:

  1. Program Director Approval

  2. Supply Chain Management
    Students must have a composite ACT score of 22 or higher and ACT Math sub score of 22 or higher
    or
    Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, including transfer credits, and completion of a minimum of 54 credits in the B.S. Supply Chain Management Program Plan Sheet.

  3. Pre-Supply Chain Management
    Students will be admitted into the Pre-Supply Chain Management program until the above requirements are met. At that time, the student may apply for admission into the B.S. Supply Chain Management degree program.

Students not meeting at least one of the requirements can be accepted as Pre-Supply Chain Management. Students will remain in the “Pre-Supply Chain designation until they meet the admission requirements. Students who are not admitted will be encouraged to transfer to another major such as the B.S. in Business Administration.


High School Unit Requirements:

CourseImportant Notes
Four credits
of English
Emphasizing literature, composition, rhetoric and speech
Three credits
of math
Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II (Integrated Math 1, 2, & 3).  A fourth year is strongly encouraged for majors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Three credits
of social science

Three credits
of science
Typically Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry. Physics is strongly encouraged for majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Four elective creditsMay be from the areas above or foreign language, business, family/consumer education, art and design, and computer application/programming.
NOTE: Foreign Language is not required for admission. However, to earn a bachelor's degree, students must fulfill a global perspective requirement, by:

  • Completing a program of university-approved work or study abroad, or
  • Completing six credits of courses approved by the Curriculum and Instruction Committee as fulfilling the global perspective requirement.

NOTE: Schedule changes – UW-Stout expects that students will successfully complete their senior year coursework listed on their admission application. Schedule changes of academic coursework during the senior year and/or the unsuccessful completion of senior year coursework may result in the cancellation of admission. Students considering making schedule changes, or those who are concerned about their academic progress in any of their courses, must consult with their UW-Stout Admissions counselor. Call 1-800-447-8688 or 715/232-1232. 

Some high school courses may not satisfy university admission requirements for preparatory academic coursework. For information on applicability of high school courses call the Admissions Office at 715-232-1232 or 1-800-447-8688.


If you have questions about these standards, or would like to discuss extenuating circumstances, contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-447-8688 or admissions@uwstout.edu.

The Undergraduate Bulletin contains a more detailed description of Stout's admissions requirements, including other admissions categories.

For information on how to apply to UW-Stout.