Thank you for choosing Parkside!  

These steps will guide you through the application process.

Activating your Parkside account helps new applicants stay informed and monitor the progress of their application. You are required to do this before you can access SOLAR, RangerMail, or any other Parkside account.

Keep track of your application by using your online account (SOLAR) to see your "To Do" list. Once materials are submitted, we will process your application within 7-10 days. Your decision letter will be sent by mail.

Parkside will now start contacting you through your RangerMail. Check it regularly and use it to communicate with us about your application. Make sure to use after your username to log in.

Starting November 30, 2023, we will be switching multifactor authentication systems from Duo to OKTA. Follow these instructions here to enroll and set up OKTA on your device(s). If you have any questions or concerns about setting up OKTA, please contact Campus Technology Services at (262) 595-2444. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Parkside operates on a rolling admission basis and, as such, we reserve the right to stop accepting applications when we believe the enrollment capacities for the campus can be satisfied by the number of students already admitted. We encourage you to complete your application early.

Parkside anticipates closing admission for new freshmen and transfer students no later than August 15 for Fall semester and January 15 for Spring semester. All application materials (including the application, transcripts, fees, test scores, etc.) need to arrive to admissions before the end of business each of these days.

Attn: Office of Admissions
900 Wood Rd
Kenosha, WI 53144

You can check your "To Do List" in SOLAR for missing materials. Read the tutorial here.

You can also call the Office of Admissions at 262-595-2355 or email

Parkside completes a comprehensive review with each application we receive. Thoroughly complete the entire application including the personal statement.

Both academic and nonacademic factors that are presented in an application are used to make an admission decision. Academic factors include academic rigor, GPA, class rank, and standardized test scores. 

Nonacademic factors include, but are not limited to, leadership, community service, special talent and ability, and personal characteristics that contribute to the strengths and diversity of the university. The most competitive candidates for admission present positive factors in their application that are both academic and nonacademic. If you have been denied admission and wish to learn about the appeal process, please contact the Admissions Office

Freshmen who are likely to be admitted will have:

Completed the minimum of 17 or more high school units
Rank in the upper 50th percentile of their high school class
Have a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (or SAT equivalent)

Transfer students who are likely to be admitted will have:

At least 12 transferrable credits. Find out how your credits transfer.
Have a 2.0 or higher in transferrable course work

Applications are reviewed once all application materials arrive.  If one item is missing, that will hold up the entire application review process.

Once all materials are received, a decision is typically made within 3-5 days.  At peak times and for students with a large number of transfer credits, additional days may be required.

Applicants typically receive their decision letter within two weeks of submitting all materials.

After all required application materials are submitted, a committee will review the application and make a decision. A decision letter is then sent by mail. Typically, this arrives within two weeks after all materials are submitted.

You may also call us to check the status of your application: 262-595-2355. A decision can only be shared directly with the student who applied.

If any Advanced Placement (AP) courses exams were taken, scores must be sent prior to the start of the first semester of attendance to receive credit. View the Advanced Placement score equivalencies. Scores are not required for an admissions decision.

If you have military experience, submit a copy of your DD214 and military transcript (to be awarded credit for military experience.)

Still have questions? Contact us for help:

Office of Admissions: | 262-595-2355
Technology Help Desk: | 262-595-2444

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