New Freshmen

How to apply if you're a brand new college student pursuing an undergraduate degree.
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Application Process

To apply to UW-Stout as a new freshman, please submit the following:

  • UW-System application
  • $50 payment for the application fee
  • Your official high school transcripts
  • A copy of your ACT or SAT score
Submitting your transcripts and ACT/SAT scores
Admissions Office
212 Millennium Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751


Once we have received all of these documents, our Admissions staff will begin the review process. If you have any questions along the way, please call or email us any time.


Applications for fall 2018 admission may be submitted as early as September 1, 2017. We begin the review process as soon as we receive a complete application. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Entry Term Begin Accepting Applications Priority Deadline
Fall 2018 September 1, 2017 January 1, 2018

High School Coursework

Required Courses
Course Important Notes
4 credits of English Emphasizing literature, composition, rhetoric and speech
3 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.
3 credits of social science  
3 credits of science Typically Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry. Physics is strongly encouraged for majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
4 elective credits May be from the areas above or foreign language, business, family/consumer education, art and design, and computer application/programming.

Note: Some high school courses may not satisfy university admission requirements for preparatory academic coursework. For information on applicability of high school courses, please call the Admissions Office.

Senior Year Coursework Changes

We expect that you will successfully complete the senior year coursework listed on your admission application. Schedule changes of academic coursework during your senior year and/or the unsuccessful completion of your senior year coursework may result in the cancellation of admission. If you're considering making schedule changes, or if you are concerned about your academic progress in any of your courses, please contact us by phone or email

Foreign Language Requirements

Foreign language is not required for admission. However, UW-Stout students must fulfill our global perspective requirement, which typically includes taking courses in a foreign language. We encourage you to complete at least two years of a foreign language class in high school, so that you'll be better prepared to succeed at UW-Stout.

Specific Major Requirements

Some of our programs are particularly competitive and require that applicants submit other materials in addition to the standard application.

Admission Decisions

Our admission decisions are based on multiple criteria including academic rigor, academic GPA, trend in grades, rank in class and ACT/SAT scores. Non-academic factors such as extracurricular activities will also be considered. We conduct a comprehensive review and no single factor will eliminate or guarantee admission.

Once we've reviewed your complete application, we make one of three admission decisions:

  • Admit » Congratulations, you’re in!
  • Deny » Students who are not competitive for admission to UW-Stout.
  • Postpone » Some applicants are neither admitted nor denied upon initial review. These students are postponed. Postponed applicants have strong qualifications and the potential for success at UW-Stout. However we would like to review grades from the first semester of your senior year, review your new ACT scores, or receive recommendation letters before making an admission decision.

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