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Colleges / University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate95%

UW Milwaukee Admissions

Around 95% of applicants get into University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee each year. Out of 15,355 applications received in 2023, 14,618 students were offered admission.

Reach out to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Students who submit their applications to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than August 2.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's admissions stats.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.2
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 10%
Mean SAT Score 1135
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 6%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 83%
Waitlist No

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 1 August 2

Want to Apply Early to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee?

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

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

More on University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Admissions

Transferring to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

For more information on transferring to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. 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 put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

What does University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for more information on admission factors.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Application Requirements

To apply to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee?

Students admitted to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have an average unweighted GPA of 3.2.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 10% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 19% were in the top 25% and 66% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 1.36%
3.75 and 3.99 14.22%
3.50 and 3.74 16.65%
3.25 and 3.49 17.56%
3.00 and 3.24 16.71%
2.50 and 2.9 23.01%
2.00 and 2.49 8.82%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 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 2022, 6% of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 83% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee?

To be competitive with other University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee applicants, you should aim to earn between 990 and 1180 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1180 and 25% of scored lower than 990, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student is 1135.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, you should strive to earn between 18 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Does University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee?

✅ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is not test optional.

What is University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's acceptance rate is 95%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee?

❌ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee does not offer early decision.

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UW Milwaukee Admissions Requirements

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UW Milwaukee Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW Milwaukee is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW Milwaukee is Aug 1.

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

UW Milwaukee SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1180


Math SAT Range

490 - 580


Reading SAT Range

500 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


990 to 1180


990 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UW Milwaukee students is 1135. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UW Milwaukee, while applicants with SAT scores between 990 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 990 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UW Milwaukee.

UW Milwaukee GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UW Milwaukee, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.19. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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