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Freshmen Admission Guidelines

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Admissions Guidelines: Course Requirements

Students most likely to be successful in college and more likely to be admitted will have completed more than the minimum high school core course units noted below, particularly in math and science. Many of our freshmen have completed Advanced Placement (AP), Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) or Youth Options college courses while still in high school.





Social Science


Mathematics: Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2 




Academic Electives: Additional Courses from above or foreign language or fine arts or computer science 




Feel free to contact us if you have questions about the admissions guidelines and course requirements.


Profile of Admitted Freshmen

The following data provides a summary of the academic profile for admitted freshmen for fall 2010. Applicants may wish to use this as a benchmark to estimate their likelihood of admission. However, since all applications are given a comprehensive review that takes into consideration all of the factors already noted, this data should not be interpreted as a guarantee of admission or prediction for denial. 

UW Oshkosh Profile for Admitted Freshmen (Fall 2013)

  • Mean ACT: 22.7
  • Mean GPA: 3.37
  • Mean Class Rank Percentile: 69.2
  • 43 percent of all applicants were first generation college students
  • 13 percent of admitted freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class
    • (41 percent were in the top quarter and 86 percent were in the top 50 percent)
  • 26 percent of admitted freshmen had an ACT composite score of 25 or higher and 38 percent had a composite score in the 22-24 range


The Admissions Decision

Applicants for admission are provided a comprehensive review. Determinants for admission include a number of academic and non-academic factors. 

Academic Factors

  • Rigor of college preparatory high school curriculum
  • High school class rank (when available)
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Cumulative grade-point average (GPA)

Key Nonacademic Factors

  • Extracurricular involvement: leadership experience, volunteerism and community service
  • Diversity of personal background and work experience
  • Student's personal statement and responses to questions on the application
  • Letters of recommendation are optional but may be helpful for those students who may need further support
Nonacademic factors are given strong consideration for nontraditional students who may have graduated high school long before applying to college.


Did You Sign the Wisconsin Covenant?

The Wisconsin Covenant encourages and motivates young people to achieve academic success and work to succeed in high school so that education beyond a high school diploma can become a reality.  

If your answer is "Yes!" to the question above, then UW Oshkosh Wisconsin Covenant Coordinator Justin Stigler is an important resource for you. Learn more.