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Colleges / University of Wisconsin-Parkside

About UW Parkside

University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. UW Parkside was founded in 1968 and now enrolls around 4,465 students a year, including 3,804 undergrads.

UW Parkside offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

UW Parkside's endowment was valued at $10.921 million in 2021. The institution spends around $6,469 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 16 undergraduate students for every full-time UW Parkside professor.

2021 UW Parkside Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 66%
Average GPA 3.2
Mean ACT score 20
Mean SAT score 1082
In-State Tuition $6,298
Out-of-State $14,568

UW Parkside Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Early Admission at UW Parkside

University of Wisconsin-Parkside does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for University of Wisconsin-Parkside

It is moderately difficult to get into UW Parkside. In 2021, UW Parkside accepted 66% of applicants. In 2021, 1,358 out of 2,048 total applicants were accepted.

UW Parkside Waitlist 2021

UW Parkside reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of Wisconsin-Parkside?

UW Parkside is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UW Parkside, applicants must submit the following items.

UW Parkside Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Other Requirements minimum of 17 high school units distribution
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for UW Parkside

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1082. The mean ACT score for UW Parkside students is 20.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UW Parkside.

Does UW Parkside Require Test Scores?

UW Parkside does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 9% submitted the SAT. 87% submitted the ACT.

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Does UW Parkside Have On-Campus Housing?

Yes! UW Parkside provides on-campus housing for students.

UW Parkside students are active in the school's Habitat for Humanity, Criminal Justice Association and Next Level Gaming. Fall Fest, Worldfest Week, and and Ice Cream Social are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UW Parkside.

Financial Aid at UW Parkside

UW Parkside meets 62.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $9,011 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is UW Parkside a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UW Parkside

About 72% of students who start at UW Parkside return for their second year of college. Out of the 577 students who started at UW Parkside as first-time freshman, 88 graduate within four years.

Around 39% of students who started at UW Parkside earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for UW Parkside Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 27% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $29,551 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UW Parkside sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is UW Parkside a good school for you?

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Where is University of Wisconsin-Parkside Located?

UW Parkside is located in the suburban setting of Kenosha, Wisconsin, less than an hour from Chicago and Milwaukee.

If you want to see UW Parkside for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 94 to Kenosha, or book a flight to the nearest airport, General Mitchell International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UW Parkside and Kenosha are like without leaving home.

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College Info

900 Wood Road, Box 2000 Kenosha, WI 53141-2000

Campus Setting: Suburban

UW Parkside Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW Parkside is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW Parkside is Continuous processing.

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UW Parkside ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UW Parkside is 20. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into UW Parkside. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UW Parkside SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1030 - 1140


Math SAT Range

500 - 590


Reading SAT Range

510 - 585

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UW Parkside students is 1082. Applicants with SAT scores of 1140 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UW Parkside, while applicants with SAT scores between 1030 to 1140 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1030 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UW Parkside.

UW Parkside Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UW Parkside is like? There are approximately 4,465 students enrolled at UW Parkside, including 3,804 undergraduate students and 661 graduate students. 77% percent of students attend school full-time, 83% percent are from WI and 17% percent of students are from other states.


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