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Oct. 9, 2017

Congratulations! You’re about to take a very important step on the road to attending college: submitting your application for admission.

We get some common questions from students, since there is a lot to know about applying to college. This post includes some of the things we think might be most helpful for you to know about the process.

Note that this specific post is for first-year student applicants. A second post will be shared soon with common questions about transfer or re-entry applications.

Where do I start?

The first thing you need to do is actually fill out the application. Although we do have printable copies, the online application tends to be used more often. If you would like a printed copy of the application to complete, please email us at

The online application is available at — make sure to select “UW Oshkosh” from the dropdown box!

If I have trouble with the application, who do I contact?

If you’re experiencing errors when trying to complete the application, or if you forget your login credentials, you can contact the UW System Help Desk at: 1-800-442-6459 or via email at

What else needs to be submitted with the application?

In addition to sending us the application itself, we also require a few other materials in order to consider your application complete:

  • $50 nonrefundable application fee. This is paid at the end of your online application when you submit. If you submit your application without paying, you can log back in later to add payment. If the fee poses a hardship, you can download our fee waiver request form here.
  • Official high school transcript. You can request to have your high school counselor send us an official copy of your transcript. Transcripts must be sent via postal mail or through a verified electronic transcript delivery service. Email/fax will not be considered official.
  • ACT or SAT scores. If you did not originally include UW Oshkosh as a school to receive your scores, visit your test’s website to learn how to have the scores sent to us:
    ACT Website | UW Oshkosh School Code: 4674
    SAT Website | UW Oshkosh School Code: 1916

Do I need to submit letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation are not required as part of your application; however, if you would like to submit them, you are welcome to do so. We recommend that the letter of recommendation come from someone who can speak to your academic potential and success. Your reference can mail the letter directly to us, or send it via email/fax. Contact information is available here.

What if I need to make changes to my application?

If you need to make edits or adjustments to your application after it is submitted, please email us at with your corrections. If you need to make changes prior to submission, you will be able to do that on your own right in the online application.

I changed my schedule. Who should I contact?

If you’ve made changes to your high school schedule after applying, or being admitted, please notify us as soon as possible via email or phone. We encourage you to check with us prior to making schedule changes, as your admission may have been contingent on successful completion of those courses. Always better to ask!

How can I see what items are missing from my application?

As indicated above, there are several components to your application. To see your application status, you can use our Application Status Checker tool, available here:

This tool is will only show you one missing item at a time, in the following order:

  1. Missing application fee
  2. Missing high school transcripts
  3. Missing ACT/SAT scores
  4. Missing high school courses in progress (if you forgot to include them on your application)

If you’re concerned or wondering if you may be missing other items, please call us at (920) 424-3164 and we would be happy to assist you.

Do you have an application deadline?

No, we do not have an official application deadline outside of the start of the semester; however, we strongly recommend submitting and completing your application as soon as possible. After you’ve submitted your application and been admitted, you’ll be able to select your class registration day and submit your housing application. These two things are first-come, first-serve, so it’s beneficial to take care of them as soon as you can to increase your options.

How long will it take me to receive an admissions decision?

Once your application is complete, it typically takes about 2-3 weeks to receive an admissions decision from us. We process applications as soon as they are complete and all items are received. We use a comprehensive review process to make our decisions.

These are just a few of the common questions we get about the application process! If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email or phone. We’re always happy to help you navigate the process to make it as simple as possible.

Good luck!