Admission Guidelines

All applications receive a comprehensive review.


  • Successfully completed 17 college preparatory units to include:
    • 4 units English
    • 3 units Mathematics (Algebra, geometry 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
  • Top 50 percent of graduating class OR minimum composite score of 22 ACT or 1110 SAT
    • 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. 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 and Enrollment Services.


  • Successfully completed 17 college preparatory units
  • Top 65 percent of their graduating class AND have a minimum composite score of 18 ACT or 950 SAT
  • 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 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)


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 (HSED) from a recognized high school, school system or state department of public instruction based on a Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination and other established criteria.


Academic preparation is the primary criteria used in the admissions review process. Transfer students meeting the following requirements will be considered for admission if they have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher in college transfer courses and are in good standing at the institution they are currently attending or have attended.

Applicants must have 12 or more transferable credits from an accredited institution to be considered for admission as a transfer. Applicants with fewer than 12 credits must meet new freshmen admission guidelines.

Note: Admission Policies vary based on the graduation date of applicants; i.e., a student who graduated in 1985 would fall under the admission policies effective for the fall 1985 semester.

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 seeking immediate admission to general engineering must have a minimum mathematics score of 22 ACT or 550 SAT. Engineering students not meeting these minimum mathematics requirements will be placed in pre-engineering until completion of Calculus and Analytic Geometry I with a letter grade of “C” or higher.
Students denied or not meeting the admission guidelines may contact the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services for an independent review of all credentials.

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