New Freshmen

Choosing the college or university that's right for you isn't easy — we know. You're considering academic programs and professors, costs and campus locations, student organizations and athletics. And on top of it all, you're wondering what the school will expect from you. It's one of the most important decisions you'll make. Being accepted to Parkside is an invitation to make your decision one of your most fulfilling ones. 

We're proud to provide a truly individualized education for students from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. Personalized, one-on-one interaction with professors and small class sizes help you reach your goals. Student organizations, Greek life, athletics, and opportunities to study abroad add balance and depth to your academic pursuits. Our degree programs and involvement opportunities are tailored to prepare you to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers. 

Freshmen Application Process and Required Materials

1. Complete the UW System Online Application.
Create an account and start a new application for Parkside at

2. Submit application fee.
The application fee can be paid online at the time of submission using a credit card or in person with exact cash or check. Fee waivers are available for applicants with extreme financial hardship. To request a waiver, complete the Application Fee Waiver form and submit it to the Office of Admissions.  

3. Submit official high school transcript, GED scores, or HSED.
All transcripts must be official and come directly from the institution. Applicants who wish to be admitted on the basis of high school equivalency must submit official documents such as Certification of General Education Development (GED) including official GED score report. Complete the GED/HSED Request Form

4. Submit official transcripts from any colleges and/or universities ever attended.
Official transcripts must be submitted from all colleges/universities ever attended, whether courses will transfer or not. All transcripts must be official and come directly from the institution.

5. Submit ACT or SAT scores if under 21 years of age on September 1 year of enrollment.*
Parkside's ACT code is 4690 and SAT code is 1860. Visit for information about testing. An official ACT/SAT score report, received directly from the testing agency, is preferred; however, scores sent from your high school are accepted.  


Where to Submit Materials

UW-Parkside Admissions
900 Wood Rd
Kenosha, WI 53144


Admissions Deadlines

Rolling Admission: 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.

Anticipated Deadlines: Parkside anticipates closing admission for new freshmen and transfer students no later than August 1 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.


Application Processing and Decision Timeline

Completed Application: Applications are reviewed once all application materials arrive.  One missing item will hold up the entire application review process.

Processing Time: Once all materials are received, a committee will meet to review the application and a freshmen decision is typically made within 3-5 days.  At peak times, a decision may take additional time.

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


Admissions Requirements and Comprehensive Review

Comprehensive Review: 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. 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
An ACT composite score of 21 or higher (or SAT equivalent)

Students meeting this criteria are likely to be admitted. However, admissions decisions are made using the comprehensive review model and are made on an individual basis.

AP, CLEP, and IB Equivalent Credits

College credit may be awarded for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework, and CLEP score results. An official AP score report, official CLEP score report, or official IB transcript must be sent to Parkside prior to attending.


Military Credits

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

Formal Transfer Credit Evaluation

Once all application materials are submitted and your application is complete, an official transfer credit evaluation will be completed. All credits will be reviewed for transfer to UW-Parkside if the credits were completed a regionally accredited college or university.  If you are admitted to the university, you will be emailed a link to your transfer credit report.

Informal Transfer Credit Evaluation

Parkside offers two informal transfer assessment tools to help you make an informed decision. We recommend printing a record of all coursework referenced and contacting your admissions counselor with questions.

The Student Transfer Assessment Report (STAR) is designed to show how the University of Wisconsin-Parkside will award credit for transferable courses both within and outside of the UW System.  

UW Colleges students and Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) students can use the Transfer Information System (TIS) for planning.  



View our list of majors to explore programs offered, including majors, minors, certificates, and pre-professional programs. Learn more about an academic program and contact information.  

Academic Catalog

View the academic catalog to explore course requirements for certain majors, general requirements for all Parkside students, and more.

Academic Maps

View the academic maps which help you plan out your path to graduation efficiently and effectively.

Course Schedule

View the course schedule to see offerings and times for current and upcoming semesters. Use the advanced class search setting to search for certain course formats, days offered, subject areas, and more.

Contact us.

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CALL US  |  Call Admissions at 262-595-2355. View our hours of operation.
EMAIL US  |  Email or contact your admissions counselor.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT  |  Schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor by calling 262-595-2355.


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