Admission



Information for All Applicants

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. New freshmen 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 Categories

Admission procedures and standards vary somewhat from group to group. Following is a definition of each category. Find the category that applies to you, then find the section for that category for information on what you will need in order to be admitted to UW-Stout.

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.

UW System transfer students: applicants who have attended another university in the UW System and wish to transfer to UW-Stout.

Technical college transfer students: applicants who have attended a technical college or school and wish to transfer to UW-Stout.

Other transfer students: students who have attended a university outside the UW System 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.

 

 

Freshmen Students

  1. 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).

  2. You must be a graduate from a recognized high school or equivalent.

  3. 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.

  4. Applicants must complete the high school course requirements as determined by the University of Wisconsin System.
    1. four credits of English: including literature, composition, rhetoric and speech.
    2. three credits of Mathematics: algebra I, geometry and algebra II.
    3. three credits of Natural Science: biology, chemistry and physics.
    4. three credits of Social Science/History.
    5. four credits of Electives: chosen from the areas listed above, foreign language, fine arts, computer science and other academic, career and technical areas.
  5. Applicants must earn good grades and maintain a high level of achievement in challeng­ing coursework.

  6. The pattern of grades over time is im­portant and an increasingly strong academic record can improve the likelihood of admission.

  7. Class rank is requested of all applicants and we consider rank along with other factors.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. Some programs, including Applied Mathematics and Computer Science; Applied Science; Game Design and Development; Manufacturing Engineering; and Plastics Engineering are more selective and require stronger academic preparation. The additional criteria for these programs is found online at admissions.uwstout.edu/criteria.

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.

 

UW System Transfer Students

  1. 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.

  2. You are likely to be admitted if you have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale at the institution you’ve most recently attended.  A comprehensive review is completed on your application if you have only completed one semester at the most recently attended institution. If your cumulative grade point average is less than 2.50, you may be offered admission on probation or placed on a waitlist and admitted at a later date if space permits.

  3. 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 will be placed on a wait list and possibly admitted on probation if space is available. You may be notified no later than June 15 for fall admission or after receipt of a final transcript if required.

  4. All students wishing to transfer into a teacher education pro­gram must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and will 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.

  5. UW-Stout has a joint admission policy with the UW System Colleges. If you choose to participate in this program, you are guaranteed admission to UW-Stout, provided you meet the provisions of the policy and meet admissions requirements at the time of official application to UW-Stout..

  6. 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 Requirements
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.


 

Technical College Transfer Students

  1. 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. UW-Stout enrollments are limited, so it’s important that you plan and apply early.

  2. You are likely to be admitted if you  have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale at the institution you most recently attended.  A comprehensive review is completed on your application if you have only completed one semester at the most recently attended institution. If your cumulative grade point average is less than 2.50, you may be offered admission on probation or placed on a wait list and admitted at a later date if space permits..

  3. All students wishing to transfer into a teacher education pro­gram must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and will 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.

  4. If you are transferring from a technical college, UW-Stout will accept credits you have earned from Wisconsin technical college parallel programs, and similar programs from other states.

  5. UW-Stout has identified many associate degree programs that are not college parallel, but follow a professional development pattern similar to programs at the university. If you’re transferring from such a program, UW-Stout may accept some of your technical credits.

  1. Credit is awarded for college-level course work completed at institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 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; this includes courses that are technical or vocational in nature. Continuing education courses, graduate-level courses, and courses that are remedial, or doctrinal in nature are not transferable.

 


Articulation Agreements

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.A.A. 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.


Other Transfer Students

  1. 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. UW-Stout enrollments are limited, so it’s important that you plan and apply early.

  2. You are likely to be admitted if you  have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale at the institution you most recently attended.  A comprehensive review is completed on your application if you have only completed one semester at the most recently attended institution. If your cumulative grade point average is less than 2.50, you may be offered admission on probation or placed on a wait list and admitted at a later date if space permits.

  3. All students wishing to transfer into a teacher education pro­gram must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and 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 the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).

  1. Credit is awarded for college-level course work completed at institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 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; this includes courses that are technical or vocational in nature. Continuing education courses, graduate-level courses, and courses that are remedial, or doctrinal in nature are not transferable..

 

Re-entry Students

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.

Regular re-entry students:

  1. 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 maybe readmitted as enrollment management goals allow.

  2. If you left on academic probation, you may be readmitted on academic probation, if there is room for you in your chosen program.

  1. The director of admissions or a designee will review applications from re-entry students who were academically dismissed from the university. Students currently on academic dismissal must submit a letter of appeal long with their application. If the application for readmission is denied, the decision may be appealed to the Dean of Students Office.

 

Transfer re-entry students:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. If your transfer grade point average is less than 2.20, you may be denied readmittance to UW-Stout. Denial decisions may be appealed to the Dean of Students Office.

 

Special Students

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.

  1. 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.

  2. As a special student, you must take the English and math placement tests before enrolling in an English or math course.

  3. You are not eligible for financial aid.

  4. You are limited to six credits each semester (exceptions must be approved by the Office of Advisement).

  5. 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.

  6. If you decide to change your status and become a degree-seeking student, you will have to complete the application process required of new students-submit transcripts, pay the application fee, complete a change of major form, and submit ACT or SAT scores.

  7. 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.

 

Youth Options Program

The Youth Options program serves high school students who wish to take classes not offered at a high school.

  1. 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.

  2. You must take the English and math placement tests before enrolling in an English or math course.

  3. You are not eligible for financial aid.

  4. You must rank in the top 50 percent of your high school class or have an ACT composite score of 22 or better, or SAT equiva­lent.

 

International Students

  1. All potential international students should have better than average academic records.

  2. 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.

  3. The university will deny admission to students who submit records with any alterations or irregularities.

  4. Additional records presented after the student has enrolled will not be considered for transfer.

  5. Students from non-English speaking countries are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants will need a minimum score of 500 (or 173 score on computer-based test) to enroll in full-time study.

    For information on taking the TOEFL, write to:
            TOEFL Services – Educational Testing Service
            PO Box 6151       
            Princeton, NJ, USA 08541-6151  USA

    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.

  6. All international students must show evidence that they have adequate finances to undertake a degree program at UW-Stout.

  7. 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.

  8. Questions about this policy may be addressed to the Office of Student Business Services or to the Office of International Education.

 

Auditing Classes

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.