University of Wisconsin Stout | Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
Get Your Hands on Your Future
UW-Stout offers innovative, career-focused degrees based on active learning, applied theory and research.
Get Your Hands on Your Future
UW-Stout offers innovative, career-focused degrees based on active learning, applied theory and research.
This section provides general information for degree-seeking students. If you wish to take classes for professional or personal development, you need only read the section titled “Special Students.”
If you will be taking classes to work
toward a degree, you must apply for admission to the university. You can
obtain a UW System Application for Admission form by writing the
director of Admissions at UW-Stout, contacting any Wisconsin or
Minnesota high school guidance office, or online at www.apply.wisconsin.edu.
UW-Stout accepts applications as early as September 15 for admission to the following fall term. There is no deadline for applications; however, we are limited in the number of students we can accept. Applicants may declare a major on the application form or apply as “undecided.”
Keep in mind that you may also have to meet entry standards set by a school or department. See the sections on the individual programs for more information.
UW-Stout will keep you informed of pertinent changes at the university. If you have the chance to study part time elsewhere, you will be able to check the transferability of your course work to UW-Stout by contacting the university’s Admissions Office. If transferring from a UW System institution, check online at www.uwsa.edu/tis.
Notice: You must provide the university with accurate information about your personal and educational history. UW-Stout’s policy is that students who intentionally falsify or omit information given as part of their university record will be suspended.
Admission procedures and standards vary somewhat from group to group.
Following is a definition of each category. Find the category that
applies to you (definitions below) and select the appropriate tab at the top of this page:
Freshmen: graduates of high schools in the United States and those who will be graduating, who have not attended another university or technical college or school after high school.
Transfer students: applicants who have attended another university, technical or community college, and wish to transfer to UW-Stout.
Re-entry students: students who have attended UW-Stout in the past and wish to again take classes at the university.
Special students: students (including those still in high school) who wish to further their education, but are not seeking a degree from UW-Stout.
Youth Options: high school students who wish to take university courses under the Youth Options program. Students must apply both through their high school and UW-Stout for permission to enroll.
International students: students from countries other than the United States who wish to attend UW-Stout.
If you are not concerned about receiving college credit for courses you take, you may audit classes. Wisconsin residents may audit classes for 30 percent of the normal per credit academic fee. The cost for nonresidents is 50 percent of the normal fee. Senior citizens age 60 or older by the first day of class only pay textbook and lab fees for audit credits and laptops.
You may audit classes provided that you apply for admission; the class teacher approves your request to audit the class; you pay any special costs for course instruction other than the normal tuition; and the university will not be required to provide additional classroom or laboratory space for you, and will not realize increased instructional costs.
You will receive only provisional permission to attend classes until course registration is completed. You may not change your admission status and take the course for credit once the class has started. A course which has been audited may not be retaken for credit. You will be subject to Regent, university and student government regulations, just like students who are taking courses for credit.
Note: As with all students attending the university, special students and auditors must provide UW-Stout with accurate information about their personal and educational history. The university policy is that students who intentionally falsify or omit information given as part of their university record will be suspended.
Applications and transcripts may be submitted as early as September for admission the following fall, or early March for the following spring semester. UW-Stout enrollments are limited, so it is important that you plan and apply early. Students applying for the Art–Graphic Design and Art–Interior design programs must submit their complete application materials and portfolio to the Admissions Office by early January (check the website for specific date).
You must be a graduate from a recognized high school or equivalent.
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. Non-academic qualifications can make a good applicant strong. However, they will not make an academically weak applicant admissible.
Applicants must earn good grades and maintain a high level of achievement in challenging coursework.
The pattern of grades over time is important and an increasingly strong academic record can improve the likelihood of admission.
Class rank is requested of all applicants and we consider rank along with other factors.
A copy of your ACT score is also required of all applicants to be considered with other factors. We will also accept the SAT.
All freshmen must take the ACT or SAT, however, the test is not the only criterion for admission. The admission test requirement may be waived if you have been out of high school for two or more years, are age 21 or older, or are an international student.
In addition to academic achievement, the Admissions Office will consider the following as part of the review of an application: leadership, volunteerism, personal statement, honors and awards, letters of recommendation, socio-economic background, extracurricular activities, diversity of personal background, work experience and military experience.
New freshmen are likely to be admitted if they rank in the top 50 percent of their graduating class or have earned a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or SAT equivalent).
Non-Traditional Admission Requirements
Applicants who have been out of school for two years or more may also be considered for admission if, on the basis of other factors, they appear to have a reasonable probability of success in college. Applicants with a GED or High School Equivalency Diploma may not normally be admitted unless they are a minimum of two years past their expected date of high school graduation. It is recommended that applicants have a GED examination average score of 50 or better to be considered for admission to the university.
The university will need an official transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended. High school transcripts are also required if, at the point of application, the student has not already earned a bachelor's degree. Applications and transcripts may be submitted as early as September for admission the following fall, and early May for the following spring semester. Apply early so you can register for classes and complete the financial aid application process in a timely manner. UW-Stout enrollments are limited, so it’s important that you plan and apply early.
If you have a cumulative grade point average of 2.2-2.49 on a 4.0 scale from the last college/university attended may be considered for admission.
If you have fewer than 30 transferable credits and less than a 2.50 cumulative grade point average, you may still be admissible to UW-Stout if you would have been admissible as a new freshman. You may be placed on a wait list and possibly admitted on probation if space is available. You will be notified no later than June 15 for fall admission.
All students wishing to transfer into a teacher education program must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and could be admitted as a Pre-Education student. Subsequent acceptance into a teacher education major and enrollment in professional education coursework will require successful completion of Benchmark I. More information on Benchmark I is available on the School of Education website.
Credit earned from institutions which are fully accredited, or candidates for accreditation, are fully transferable. Credits from institutions accredited by a professional accrediting association may transfer in the specialty of accreditation if recommended by the appropriate academic department.
In determining transferability of all courses, the quality and comparability of the coursework and its applicability to degree requirements will be taken into account.
Credit may be granted on the basis of recommendations made by various guides to non-collegiate educational experiences published by the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Office on Educational Credit and credentials. Examples include military training or corporate training programs.
Students may have the opportunity to demonstrate competence through the use of internally and externally developed tests, portfolio assessment procedures and other competency based alternatives.
Some programs, including Applied Science; Computer Engineering; Dietetics; Game Design and Development; Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management; Manufacturing Engineering; Plastics Engineering; and Supply Chain Management applicants have additional requirements which can be found online at the Admissions website or by contacting the Admissions Office at 715-232-1787.
UW-Stout works with the UW System two-year colleges and their UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. If you choose to participate in this program, you are guaranteed admission to UW-Stout, provided you meet the provisions of the policy.
UW System College counselors can help you select course work that will relate to your planned major at UW-Stout. Under UW System policy, you may transfer up to half the number of credits required for graduation in your major at UW-Stout. Additional credits may be accepted toward your major where appropriate with department approval. This does not alter policies concerning credits to be earned in residence.
If you are transferring from a technical college, UW-Stout credit may be granted in transfer for general education/breadth coursework offered within a Wisconsin technical college applied associate degree or college parallel programs, and similar programs from other states.
Credit may be granted on a course-by-course basis for occupational and technical coursework if there is not an articulation agreement in place. If you’re transferring from such a program, UW-Stout may accept some of your technical credits.
UW-Stout maintains program
articulation agreements with various technical and community colleges in
Wisconsin and neighboring states. If you are a student enrolled in an
A.A.S. or A.S. program and considering a transfer to UW-Stout, call
the Admissions Office at 715-232-1787 or check the online guide to Transferring to UW-Stout for the most up-to-date listing of program agreements.
Students who earn credit through test-out at one institution, and that credit is clearly indicated on the official transcript, will transfer to UW-Stout as it would transfer under normal transfer circumstances. These credits may include.
Credit earned by any means of any other test (Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate) must provide UW-Stout with an original score report to receive credit pre-determined by departmental review based on score received.
The UW System endorses the Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit developed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This document sets forth a number of basic assumptions regarding the transfer of credit between institutions, be they similar or dissimilar, as well as recommended best practices for developing institution-specific policies and procedures. The complete Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit can be accessed online on the ACE website.
There are two types of re-entry students: Regular re-entry students
are those who have completed no transferable credits from any
post-secondary institution since they last attended UW-Stout. Transfer
re-entry students are those who have completed transferable credits at a
post-secondary institution since they last attended UW-Stout.
You need to complete the UW System Application for Admission form and return it to the Admissions Office. If you left the university in good standing, you may be readmitted as enrollment management goals allow.
If you left on academic probation, you may be readmitted on academic probation, if there is room for you in your chosen program.
You must submit official transcripts from each institution you attended since your last attendance at UW-Stout, as well as a completed UW System Application for Admission form. If you left the university in good standing or on probation, you will be readmitted in the same status, provided you are eligible to return to the institution you last attended, and provided enrollment management goals have not been reached.
If you left UW-Stout because of academic dismissal, you may be readmitted on probation. Students currently on academic dismissal must submit a letter of appeal long with their application. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the director of admissions and considering enrollment targets. Students are required to submit a letter of appeal.
This diverse group of students may include mid-career professionals seeking certification for a changing technology, community members seeking courses for personal fulfillment, high school students taking classes not offered at a high school, guests and auditors. Special students may be admitted as enrollment management goals permit.
To be admitted as a special student, simply indicate that status on the application for admission. You do not need to indicate a major, submit transcripts, take the ACT, or pay the application fee. High school students admitted as special students must gain the approval of their parents and their high school, and submit a high school transcript.
As a special student, you must take the English and math placement tests before enrolling in an English or math course.
You are not eligible for financial aid.
You may request to change your status to degree-seeking student after you have completed 12 credits. You may accumulate a maximum of 29 credits as a special student.
To change to become a degree-seeking student, you will have to complete the application process required of new students by completing the UW System Application for Admission – submitting the appropriate information as New Freshman or Transfer Student as required.
High school students who wish to take classes at the university must rank in the top 50 percent of their high school class or have an ACT composite score of 22 or better, or SAT equivalent.
The Youth Options program serves high school students who wish to take classes not offered at a high school.
To be admitted as a Youth Options student, simply indicate that status on the application for admission. You do not need to indicate a major, take the ACT or SAT or pay the application fee. You must gain the approval of your parents and your high school.
You must take the English and math placement tests before enrolling in an English or math course.
You are not eligible for financial aid.
All potential international students should have better than average academic records.
All applicants must present the university with official copies of their academic record.
First-year students must send certified copies of certificates, diplomas or degrees earned. These official records must be equal to a United States high school (secondary school) graduation for consideration.
Transfer students must submit certified records of their postsecondary academic work. The records must show the courses the students have taken and the grades they have earned. The university will not grant credit for courses unless there is evidence that the students have satisfactorily completed them.
Credit may be granted to international students if the institution they attended is listed in either the International Handbook of Universities or the Commonwealth Universities Handbook. Credit from institutions not listed in these publications may be transferred only upon the recommendation of the appropriate department.
The university will deny admission to students who submit records with any alterations or irregularities.
Additional records presented after the student has enrolled will not be considered for transfer.
The TOEFL will be waived if students have completed an ESL program from an accredited college or university or other program approved by UW-Stout.
All international students must show evidence that they have adequate finances to undertake a degree program at UW-Stout.
As a condition of admission, international students whose sponsors have a history of delinquency in payment of fees must place on deposit an amount approximately equal to the institution’s non-resident tuition and fees for a 12-month period, which includes two semesters and an eight-week summer term. Applicants who must meet this requirement will be notified when the university receives their applications.