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At UW-Platteville, we’ll prepare you for success and help you find your passion by challenging you so that you can grow academically, professionally, and personally. Our award-winning faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a quality education through hands-on learning opportunities at a tuition that ranks among the lowest in the state of Wisconsin.

NOTE: Test-optional Policy

As of May 7, 2020 new freshmen applicants may select to be test-optional for their admission review. 

  • The test-optional policy is in place for applicants seeking admission for fall 2020 through summer 2022 terms. If you would like to learn more about having your application reviewed as test optional, please contact
  • For students that choose to forgo the use of a test score as a part of their admission review, additional focus will be placed on the high school grade point average and course rigor throughout the high school record.
  • For students choosing to include test scores in the admission process, high school students are advised to take the ACT or SAT in the spring of their junior year and have the official results sent to the Office of Admission.

Admission Guidelines

All applications receive a comprehensive review.

Students meeting the following requirements will be considered for admission:

  • Successfully completed 17 college preparatory units to include:
    • Four (4) units English
    • Three (3) units mathematics (algebra, geometry, and higher)
    • Three (3) units social science
    • Three (3) units natural science (two must include lab experiences)
    • Four (4) units to include courses from above academic areas, foreign languages, fine arts, computer science or courses in vocational areas
  • Top 50 percent of graduating class or minimum composite score of 22 ACT or 1110 SAT (see Test-optional Policy)

Students meeting the following requirements may be considered for admission:

  • Successfully completed 17 college preparatory units
  • Top 65 percent of their graduating class and have a minimum composite score of 18 ACT or 970 SAT (see Test-optional Policy)
  • Letters from high school faculty in areas of English, mathematics, and laboratory science may be required and must address the student’s potential for success in college coursework

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

  • Official transcripts from schools attended
  • Transcript of courses taken at home and grades signed by the individual providing the education verifying the curriculum
  • Official ACT or SAT scores (see Test-optional Policy)
  • 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).

Applicants who have not graduated from a recognized high school must provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the requirements for a high school equivalency certificate or a diploma from a recognized high school, school system or state department of public instruction based on a Graduation Equivalency Diploma examination and other established criteria.

UW-Platteville considers the following factors in a comprehensive review:

  • Students who have demonstrated a stronger academic performance later in high school.
  • Students who are socially and economically disadvantaged.
  • Students who have demonstrated academic promise.
  • Non-traditional aged students (25 and older).
  • Students who have demonstrated significant leadership in school or in the community.
  • Students who are historically underrepresented.

Students denied or not meeting the admission guidelines may contact the Office of Admission for an independent review of all credentials at 608.342.1125 or

Application Process

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

  • UW System Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • $25 application fee (summer 2020 and beyond)
  • High school transcript, GED, or HSED
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended or currently attending
  • ACT or SAT scores (see Test-optional Policy)
    • ACT school code: 4676
    • SAT school code: 1917

If selecting to have a test score used in the admission decision, unofficial ACT/SAT scores and high school transcripts are accepted for admission consideration. Official scores and transcripts are required prior to advising/registration program.

Students with a complete application file typically receive notice of admission within two weeks. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, and applications are processed as long as space is available or until enrollment goals have been met.

Entry Term Application Review Begins
Fall August 1
Spring April 1
Summer December 1

Application Change Form

If you have already submitted your application for undergraduate (on-campus) admission and need to change your information, please complete the Application Change Form.