Admission to UWM as a transfer student typically requires at least an overall 'C' (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) grade point average on 12 or more transferable credits. If you have not attempted 12 or more credits, UWM reviews your high school record to determine if you would have been admissible as a freshman. Admission to the University, however, does not necessarily guarantee admission to your major or program. To gain admission to your major, you will need to meet specific GPA and credit requirements.
In order to apply for admission as a transfer student, you must submit the following:
- The application for admission
- The application fee, if required
- Official transcripts from any college/university you have attended previously
- Official high school transcripts
These materials must be received by the appropriate deadline .
Go to apply.wisconsin.edu for more details about these requirements and deadlines. Read below for more information about the admission review process.
Academic Expectations and the Review Process
Admissions staff in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions review each application individually to examine the applicant’s readiness to attend UWM. We review both high school and college transcripts to determine your academic preparation and we also consider other relevant information, such as that included in the applicant statement section of the application form.
In order to be admitted as a transfer student, you must have completed (or be in the process of completing) at least 12 credits of transferable course work. If you have fewer than 12 credits of transferable course work, then we will review your application according to the new freshman admission standards.
When reviewing applications, we pay particular attention to the college-level course work you have completed, in particular:
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA). Most transfer students have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA on transferrable work. However, some of the more competitive schools and colleges require a higher GPA, and admission into your intended major may also require a higher GPA.
- Grade trends and patterns. Steady or improving trends and patterns that show consistency across all academic areas.
- Required courses. Certain majors require specific course work to be completed before admission is granted.
- Nursing: If you are applying for admission to Nursing, a B or better in one of the pre-nursing science courses is required. Those courses include classes that are equivalent to UWM’s Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemical Science, Survey of Biochemistry, Physics for the Health Professions, and Clinical Nutrition.
- Engineering: To be considered for admission directly to the major, transfer applicants must have completed the equivalent of Math 232 (with at least a C grade), Chemistry 104 or 105 for engineering students or CompSci 201 for computer science students, and have at minimum of 24 transferable credits with a 3.00 cumulative GPA. Transfer applicants who do not meet the requirements for direct admission to the major will be considered for admission to pre-engineering or pre-computer science.
High School Record
The importance of your academic performance in high school will be influenced by how long you have been out of high school and how many college credits you have already earned. Generally speaking, students who are in their first two years of college-level course work will have their high school records more carefully analyzed. The more college-level work you have completed, the less we will rely on high school performance criteria such as rigor of course work, academic GPA, grade trends, and class rank.
Results from the ACT or the SAT are not required of transfer applicants. However, if you've taken either test, we encourage you to provide us with your scores. Your results will be considered as supplemental academic information and may help strengthen your application. Test scores should be sent directly from the testing service. Our test codes are 4658 for the ACT and 1473 for the SAT.
Students whose native language is not English and who were not educated in an entirely English-speaking country will likely need to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Visit our international admissions website for more details.
Admission to Your Major/Program
With a few exceptions, admission to the major is accomplished during your junior year. Although the minimum GPA set by the individual schools/colleges is 2.5, some schools/colleges will require a higher GPA to advance in the program. If you are interested in receiving specific major information, please contact the UWM school/college to which you might apply.
Numbers alone do not determine admissibility. Nonacademic factors may also be considered. Please complete the applicant statement to share additional information about yourself. We are interested in learning about significant volunteer or leadership experiences, special or unique talents, or employment related to your field of study. The applicant statement may also be used to help us understand previous academic difficulties or challenging life circumstances.
After You Are Admitted
After you are admitted to UWM, you will be invited to participate in a number of events to continue your undergraduate career including the ‘New Student Orientaion’ designed specifally for transfer and returning students.
Please contact the UWM school/college to which you were admitted to schedule an advising appointment after you have received a credit evaluation.
You are encouraged to meet with an advisor before selecting classes. Advisors help you with course selection, registration, degree requirements, and other questions you may have. Remember, you cannot register for classes until you are admitted.
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