Are you considering transferring to UWM to complete your bachelor’s degree?
You are not alone! UWM is the top transfer destination in the University of Wisconsin System, and it’s easy to see why. Our urban location, internship experiences, academics and expert support make UWM a great place for a top-notch education and a jump-start on your future professional success. If finishing your bachelor’s degree is a priority, read on to learn more about the application process and transfer credit evaluation. Or, check out the transfer guide for more detailed information about transfer opportunities.
If your UWM transfer timeline is still a semester or more away, there may still be time to research our transfer programs and plan the best courses to take prior to transferring to UWM.
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 UWM, 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.
Applications are accepted beginning September 1 for the fall semester with a priority deadline of March 1st. After March 1st, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will continue to review applications on a case-by-case basis until enrollment capacity has been reached.
Architecture applicants for fall have a March 1 priority deadline. After the priority date, applications are considered on a space-available basis. For nursing applicants, priority consideration is given to applications received by March 1 for fall semesters and December 1 for spring semesters.
Pay the $44 application processing fee
You may pay your fee online when you submit your application. Or, you may log back into your application to submit your fee online later. We also accept a check or money order. Students who are transferring directly from a two-year UW-College or who have previously attended UWM as a degree-seeking student do not need to pay this fee.
We require official transcripts, sent directly from the school, for both high school and college courses. If you have attended multiple schools, we will require official college transcripts from each school attended. If you are currently taking college classes, please include a list of your current college classes on the application form.
Send Test Scores
Results from the ACT or the SAT are typically 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.
If you have taken Advanced Placement exams (AP), International Baccalaureate exams (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams and would like UWM to evaluate these scores for possible credit, please have your results sent from these testing agencies.
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 international admissions for more details.
After you have been admitted, the UWM Registrar’s Office will perform an official evaluation of your transfer credit. Due to the high number of admitted students who are in need of transfer credit evaluations (UWM enrolls more transfer students than any other institution in Wisconsin!), we are unable to provide a credit evaluation before you are admitted. If you would like to begin to evaluate how your courses may transfer before you receive your official evaluation and you attended a UW System school or a Wisconsin Technical College, you can use the Transfer Information System (TIS) to see how your credits transfer before you receive your official credit evaluation from UWM. You can also check out the Transfer Equivalency Database at ted.uwm.edu.
In general, transfer credit is awarded for college-level work completed at institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), assuming the provisions outlined below are also met. (Foreign institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education, or equivalent, of the home country). Courses must be similar in nature, level, and content to a course in UWM’s undergraduate curriculum and applicable to one of our academic programs. Continuing education courses, graduate-level courses, and courses that are remedial, technical, vocational, or doctrinal in nature are not transferable.
We value your work at other institutions, and we want to award as much credit as possible. Visit our transfer credit page for more details.
Soon after we receive your application, we will send you information about how to check the status of your application online, via our PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) student information system. Log onto PAWS to monitor your application “to do” items. Once all of the “to do” items disappear, your file is complete and is ready for an admission decision. During peak times, you may expect to wait 4-6 weeks for a decision.
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