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Colleges / University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

About UW Whitewater

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Whitewater, Wisconsin. UW Whitewater was founded in 1868 and now enrolls around 11,995 students a year, including 10,428 undergrads.

As of 2021, the total market value of UW Whitewater's endowment was $30,874,001 For each full-time student, UW Whitewater spends about $6,731. UW Whitewater employs one full-time professor for every 20 undergrads enrolled.

2021 UW Whitewater Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 94%
Average GPA 3.3
Mean ACT score 22
Mean SAT score 542
In-State Tuition $6,519
Out-of-State $15,391

2022 UW Whitewater Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at UW Whitewater

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

UW Whitewater Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into UW Whitewater. Around 94% of applicants get into UW Whitewater each year. Out of 5,139 applications received in 2021, 4,832 students were offered admission . ### UW Whitewater Waitlist

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

How Do I Get Into University of Wisconsin-Whitewater?

UW Whitewater 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 Whitewater, applicants must submit the following items.

UW Whitewater Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for UW Whitewater

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to UW Whitewater is 3.3 out of 4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 542. The mean ACT score for UW Whitewater students is 22.

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

UW Whitewater Waitlist 2021

UW Whitewater reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Does UW Whitewater Require Test Scores?

UW Whitewater is a test optional school. 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, 13.2% submitted the SAT. 89.2% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at UW Whitewater

Yes! UW Whitewater provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

UW Whitewater students are active in the school's Adult Student Connection, Pan Hellenic Council and Sigma Alpha Lambda (Academic Honors). Homecoming Week, Campus Welcome Week events, and and Spring and Fall Career Fairs 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 Whitewater.

Financial Aid at UW Whitewater

UW Whitewater meets 69% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $8,411 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 don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Is UW Whitewater a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UW Whitewater

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UW Whitewater, around 79% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,141 students who started at UW Whitewater as first-time freshman, 813 graduate within four years.

Around 62% of students who started at UW Whitewater earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

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. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $26,612 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UW Whitewater sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UW Whitewater a good school for you?

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Where is University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Located?

UW Whitewater is located in the suburban setting of Whitewater, Wisconsin, less than an hour from Milwaukee.

If you want to see UW Whitewater for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 to Whitewater, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Mitchell International.

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

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College Info

800 West Main Street Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Campus Setting: Suburban

UW Whitewater 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 Whitewater is Continuous processing.

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

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UW Whitewater ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 24

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UW Whitewater is 22. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into UW Whitewater. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UW Whitewater SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1010 - 1190


Math SAT Range

500 - 600


Reading SAT Range

490 - 600

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UW Whitewater students is 542. Applicants with SAT scores of 1190 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UW Whitewater, while applicants with SAT scores between 1010 to 1190 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1010 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UW Whitewater.

UW Whitewater Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UW Whitewater is like? There are approximately 11,995 students enrolled at UW Whitewater, including 10,428 undergraduate students and 1,567 graduate students. 86% percent of students attend school full-time, 84% percent are from WI and 16% percent of students are from other states.


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