First-Year Student Admissions


 How to Apply


How to Apply:

  1. Complete the UW System admission application. We begin accepting applications on September 1 for fall admission and February 15 for spring admission (e.g. Sept. 15, 2014 for Fall 2015 admission and Feb. 15, 2014 for Spring 2015 admission). UWSP does not publish a specific application deadline date. Because enrollment limits are in effect, admission may become more restrictive as we approach our limits. Early application is recommended.

    We encourage all prospective new first-year students to apply online at:

    If you prefer to complete a paper application, you may download a copy here, or request a copy from the UW System HELP Office (800-442-6459) or the UWSP Admissions Office (715-346-2441).

  2. New freshmen must pay a $44 non-refundable application fee. The fee is good for one year (two semesters and a summer session). If you apply online, you have the option to pay the fee with a credit card. Otherwise, you are able to pay the application fee by sending a check or money order, payable to UW-Stevens Point, to the UW-Stevens Point Admissions Office (1108 Fremont Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481). Please do not send cash through the mail.

  3. Ask your high school to send us an official copy of your high school transcript. (Please Note: As an alternative, we also accept electronic high school transcripts sent through Docufide and from high schools that take advantage of this option.)

  4. We do not require letters of recommendation. If your academic record is not strong or you have extenuating circumstances you would like us to consider, you are welcome to submit letters of recommendation for our review.

  5. If you are under age 21 and applying for admission as a new freshman, submit your ACT or SAT I scores. ACT and SAT scores from the high school are accepted for admission.  UWSP codes are:  ACT code is 4680; SAT I is 1919.  Please note that we do not require the writing section of the ACT examination for admission.

  6. If you have taken any college courses, ask each college you've attended to send official copies of your transcripts to the UWSP Office of Admissions. 
Special Information for Music, Dance and Theatre Arts Majors
Students interested in dance, drama, musical theatre and music are required to complete an on-campus performance audition and/or interview. Visit the Theatre & Dance Audition Page or Music Audition Page for detailed information. You may contact the Department of Theatre and Dance at (715) 346-4429 or​, or the Department of Music at (715) 346-3107 or​ if you have questions.
Enrollment Deposit
A $100 deposit is required of all admitted students who wish to guarantee their place in the freshman class. Information regarding the enrollment deposit is sent with the letter of admission. If ​you have already been admitted, click here to pay your enrollment deposit online.
Applicants from Alternative Educational Backgrounds
Applicants from alternative educational backgrounds (e.g. home schooled) generally must meet the requirements for college preparatory credits as listed above and submit an ACT or SAT I score report and transcript(s) from any recognized high school(s) attended. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.​​​​​​​ 



Admission Criteria:

Admission to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is competitive. All applications are reviewed on an individual basis, with both academic and non-academic factors considered. We give strong consideration to applicants with successful academic backgrounds who have also demonstrated achievement outside the classroom. Freshman applicants are considered based on the following factors:
1. Graduation from a recognized high school or equivalent
2. High School Academic Unit Requirements

​Courses Minimum Required
​English ​4 years
​4 years
​3 years
​4 years
​Social Science ​3 years ​4 years
​Natural Science ​3 years ​4 years
​Foreign Language ​None
​2-4 years
​Electives* ​4 years ​4 years

Click here for information regarding acceptable high school courses or see the Introduction to the University of Wisconsin System which is available in most high school guidance offices. 

* Excludes physical education, driver education, cooperative education, English as a second language, remedial (in all areas of study) and exceptional education courses.

3. Test Scores
The ACT or SAT is required of all new first year student applicants under age 21. While we prefer the ACT, there is not an advantage in submitting one test rather than the other. We do not require the ACT writing test.
UWSP codes are:  ACT code is 4680; SAT I is 1919.
4. Academic Factors
Primary emphasis is placed on academic factors, including the following:
  • Class rank
  • Test scores - ACT or SAT
  • Cumulative high school grade point average (GPA)
  • Rigor of high school courses
  • Trend in grades in academic courses over time

Non-Academic Factors
In addition to academic achievement, the following non-academic factors are considered: demonstrated leadership; involvement through work experience, extracurricular activities, and volunteerism; personal characteristics and accomplishments including special talents and abilities, honors, awards and personal qualities; diversity in background and experience; and life circumstances. While non-academic factors are considered, they will not necessarily make an applicant with a weak academic background a strong candidate for admission.




 Profile of Admitted Students


Profile of Admitted New First-Year Students

UWSP 2012 incoming first-year class
Average ACT score: 23  (Middle 50% 21-26*)
Average high school GPA: 3.4  (Middle 50% 3.2 - 3.75*)
Average class rank:  Top 25% (Middle 50% Top 14 -36%*)
* The ranges given above are for the middle 50% of all admitted new freshmen. This means that 25% of admitted freshmen fell below the range and 25% of admitted freshmen placed above it.  For example, 25% of admitted new freshmen had an ACT lower than 21, 50% had an ACT of 21-26, and 25% had an ACT higher than 26.
The following chart provides information that will help you assess the likelihood of admission based on class rank and ACT alone. Though this chart may provide you with a general picture, please note that your likelihood of admission will also be affected by the other admission criteria listed above. Applicants from schools that do not provide class rank should review the Profile of Admitted Freshmen section above.
ACT Score​
​​Class Rank - Percentile
99-75 74-60 59-50 49-40 ​Under 40
​30-36 ​99% ​99% ​99% ​75% ​Varies
​27-29 ​99% ​99% 99%​ 60%​ ​Varies
​24-26 ​99% 99%​ ​99% ​Varies ​Varies​
​21-23 ​99% ​95% ​90% ​Varies ​Varies
​18-20 ​99% ​85% ​50% ​Varies ​Varies
​Under 18 ​85% ​Varies ​Varies ​Varies ​Varies
  • We encourage all interested applicants to apply for admission.
  • All applications are reviewed on an individual basis. Some applicants who are not admitted will be placed on a waiting list for admission on a space-available basis.
  • Your financial situation is NOT considered in determining your admission.​

 For Admitted Students


Information for Admitted New First-Year Students:

Congratulations on being admitted to UW-Stevens Point! Click here for more info on your "next steps" to becoming a Pointer!

 New Student Orientation


New Student Orientation

Welcome to UW-Stevens Point!  We are thrilled to invite you to campus as a Pointer this summer.  New Student Orientation is designed to calm your nerves, answer your questions, prepare you for the many exciting challenges that await you at UWSP, and ease your adjustment into your new community.  You will be welcomed by an enthusiastic staff that will inform you of university programs and services and acquaint you with the campus.  


If you are enrolling for the Spring 2015 semester, orientation is scheduled for Thursday, January 15.  Please visit the New Student Orientation website for more information.