ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.
Colleges / University of Wisconsin-Parkside

UW Parkside Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to UW Parkside, the application fee costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

UW Parkside Admissions Stats at a Glance

UW Parkside 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.2
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15%
Mean SAT Score 1082
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 9%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 87%

Applying Early to UW Parkside?

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

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to UW Parkside?

Getting into UW Parkside is moderately difficult. UW Parkside evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, UW Parkside accepted 66% of all applicants, around 1,358 of the 2,048 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UW Parkside, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to international students is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to UW Parkside?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UW Parkside

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

UW Parkside 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UW Parkside must submit the following items. Double check with UW Parkside's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements minimum of 17 high school units distribution
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UW Parkside?

Students admitted to UW Parkside have an average unweighted GPA of 3.2.

Out of all students that were admitted, 68.7% submitted a class rank. At UW Parkside 15% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 37% were in the top 25% and 76% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Wisconsin-Parkside, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 68.7%
3.75 and 3.99 12.2%
3.50 and 3.74 15.8%
3.25 and 3.49 18.6%
3.00 and 3.24 17%
2.50 and 2.9 21.9%
2.00 and 2.49 10.2%

UW Parkside does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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.

In 2021, 9% of UW Parkside's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 87% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UW Parkside?

To be competitive with other UW Parkside applicants, you should strive to earn between 1030 and 1140 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UW Parkside 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1140 and 25% of scored lower than 1030, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UW Parkside student is 1082.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UW Parkside students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UW Parkside students scored 585 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

Want to increase your SAT Score?

Preparing for the SAT can help raise your score, but it doesn't have to take up a lot of time.

Learn how to increase your SAT score 200 points or more in just 10 minutes a day.

What's a Good ACT Score for UW Parkside?

To be most competitive at UW Parkside, you should strive to earn between 17 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UW Parkside's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 17 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UW Parkside students. Only one out of every four students scored below 17.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Wisconsin-Parkside

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UW Parkside. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in UW Parkside during the following terms: - Fall Term - Winter Term - Spring Term - Winter Term - Summer Term

UW Parkside Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UW Parkside?

Students who are admitted to UW Parkside must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does UW Parkside accept transfer credits?

UW Parkside accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UW Parkside accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • Life Long Learning Credit
  • ACE recommendations for credit
  • Excelsior College Examinations

Does UW Parkside accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UW Parkside accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UW Parkside?

UW Parkside is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is UW Parkside's acceptance rate?

UW Parkside's acceptance rate is 66%.

Want To Learn More About UW Parkside?

To learn more about UW Parkside, choose from the options below:


Student Life


Tuition & Aid

Visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about UW Parkside

Explore other colleges in Wisconsin or use the college admissions predictor to calculate your chances of getting into some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S.

UW Parkside Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UW Parkside? UW Parkside is a somewhat selective institution. The UW Parkside acceptance rate is 66%. This means that the institution accepts 66 out of every 100 applicants.



Wondering what your chances are of getting into University of Wisconsin-Parkside?

Complete your profile to get your personalized, AI-calculated prediction score.

Calculate Chances

UW Parkside Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UW Parkside ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


17 to 23


17 and Less


Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1140 and Above


1030 to 1140


1030 and Less


Boost your SAT score in just 10 minutes a day!

  • • 10-minute gamified, bite-sized lessons
  • • Personalized plan to keep you on track
  • • Bundles now include premium AI Admissions Calculator access
Sponsored by CollegeGo
Try it Now

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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UW Parkside, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.21. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting


Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About UW Parkside?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation