BS Criminal Justice Admission

ATTENTION APPLICANTS! To ensure the completion of the admission process before the next online registration period, submit your completed application and supporting materials by the following dates. Questions? Contact the Distance Learning Center.

Spring: December 1
Summer: April 15
Fall: July 15

Admission Guidelines

First-time Freshmen


  • Graduate of a recognized high school or have a general equivalency diploma (GED) from the appropriate state department of public instruction or its equivalent.
  • Have the high school coursework required by University of Wisconsin-Platteville at the time of graduation, or have the required scores on the GED.

Current requirements are:

  • Successfully completed 17 college preparatory units to include:
    • 4 units English
    • 3 units Mathematics (Algebra and higher)
    • 3 units Social Science
    • 3 units Natural Science (2 must include lab experiences)
    • 4 units to include courses from above academic areas, foreign languages, fine arts, computer science or courses in vocational areas
  • Meet the high school graduation rank or ACT score required by UW-Platteville.
  • Current requirements are:
    • Top 50 percent of graduating class OR ACT composite of 22 (1030 SAT score)
    • UW System campuses use standardized tests as one of the criteria for admission. UW-Platteville requires all new freshman applicants to submit the results of the ACT or SAT for review. This requirement is waived for prospective students over the age of 25. Presently, the writing component for each exam is not required.


To be considered for admission, home-schooled students must provide the following:

  • Official transcripts from school(s) attended
  • Transcript of courses taken at home and grades signed by the individual providing the education verifying the curriculum
  • Official ACT/SAT score
  • Information related to the student’s education

Courses taken in the home school curriculum would be considered for admission purposes only. No credit will be given for university degree requirements unless one of the following applies:

  • High school courses are completed through an accredited high school, college or university
  • The student successfully passes and completes a recognized exam program (i.e. CLEP)

If you do not meet the traditional admission requirements at the time of your graduation from high school, you may be considered for admission on an individual basis.

Transfer and Re-entrant Students
To apply for admission, you must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, plus good standing at the university most recently attended. If your GPA is less than 2.0, you will be considered for admission if more than five years have elapsed since you last attended school. You may petition in writing for an exception to the required five-year lapse of time. If you were on probation at the last institution that you attended, five years must have elapsed since the probationary status.

Admission Procedures

  1. Complete and submit your application electronically at
    1. Select UW-Platteville
    2. In the campus-specific section of the application, click "INTENDED MAJOR OR FIELD OF STUDY."
    3. Select Criminal Justice Online.
  2. Pay the $44.00 nonrefundable application fee at the secure website when you apply online, or you may mail a check payable to University of Wisconsin-Platteville to:
    Distance Learning Center
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    1 University Plaza
    Platteville WI 53818-3099

  3. Contact your high school(s) of attendance, and all schools attended since high school, to request official transcripts be sent directly to:
    Distance Learning Center
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    1 University Plaza
    Platteville WI 53818-3099

    Your high school transcript must show your graduation date and high school rank at the time of graduation. Transcripts must come directly to the UW-Platteville Distance Learning Center from the issuing institution.
  4. Check with the Distance Learning Center about two weeks after you request transcripts to make sure we have received them. The Distance Learning Center will mail your transcript evaluation results approximately four weeks after we receive all required transcripts. The evaluation will tell you which courses transfer to UW-Platteville and what coursework you need to complete to receive the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

If you received a GED certificate

  1. Contact your GED testing site to request that your scores be sent to the Distance Learning Center. If the testing site is unable to send them, contact the Department of Public Instruction in the state where your GED was granted and request that an official copy of your scores be sent to the Distance Learning Center. In Wisconsin, contact:
    Department of Public Instruction
    125 South Webster St
    PO Box 7841
    Madison, WI 53707-7841
    Phone: 800.441.4563 or 608.266.3390

International Students

To be considered for admission, international students must

  1. Complete and submit an electronic application.
    1. In the campus-specific section of the application, click "INTENDED MAJOR OR FIELD OF STUDY."
    2. Select Criminal Justice Online.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test).
    • A minimum score of 64 for the internet-based TOEFL is required of all international students whose native language is not English.
    • If you have taken the TOEFL, you must request official evidence be sent from the testing agency directly to the Distance Learning Center, indicating the date on which you took the examination and your score.
    • You may be excused from taking the TOEFL
      1. If you have earned grades of B or higher in two semesters (or equivalent) of college-level English (excluding English as a Second Language [ESL] courses
      2. If you transfer from a college or university in the United States and earned grades of B or higher in two semesters of non-ESL college-level English course.
  3. If you prefer, you may also submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a band-level score of 5.5 or higher.   

    (internet based)
    Reading 15 5.0
    Listening 15 5.0
    Speaking 17 5.0
    Writing 17 5.0


  4. Request that your academic records (called transcripts in the U.S.) confirming secondary and university education, be mailed directly from the school attended to
    Distance Learning Center
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    1 University Plaza
    Platteville WI 53818-3099

    Academic records must be in the original language with a certified English translation and should include the dates of attendance, level of study, list of subjects, school leaving marks/grades earned, grading system used and record of the certificate, diploma, and/or degree earned.
  5. If you have postsecondary transcripts from a university outside of the U.S. you must also contact Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) to obtain an evaluation of your postsecondary transcripts and request that an official copy of your evaluation be mailed to the UW-Platteville Distance Learning Center.
    • UW-Platteville requires a “Course by Course” evaluation.
    • You are responsible for making the request and paying associated fees.
    • See the ECE website for complete instructions. They may require additional educational records. Contact them directly if you have questions.

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