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Freshmen Admission Guidelines

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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.


Admissions Guidelines: Course Requirements

Academic preparation and the strength of the college preparatory coursework, are important components of any admissions decision. The course requirements listed below represent the minimum distribution expected. Most applicants will exceed this distribution. 





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


All students are encouraged to visit the UW Oshkosh campus and meet with an admissions counselor as part of their college decision-making process. 


The Admissions Decision

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

Among the academic factors considered are a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that includes and ideally exceeds the minimum course preparation outlined below, cumulative grade point average, college preparatory grade point average, high school class rank and test scores for either the ACT or the SAT. 

Nonacademic factors include, but are not limited to, leadership experiences, community service, motivation and life circumstances that will positively contribute to the University's strength and reflect its mission and values. 

Applicants are encouraged to provide documentation that supports consideration for admission, including their own personal statement and letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak directly to the applicant's ability to be academically successful.