RANGER RESTART: Updates, resources, and FAQs
step 1

Complete the UW System Online Application

Create an account and start a new application for Parkside at apply.wisconsin.edu.

step 2

Submit $25 application fee

The application fee can be paid online using a credit card or in person with exact cash or check. A limited number of application 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.  

step 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

step 4

Submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities ever attended

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

step 5

Submit ACT or SAT scores if under 21 years of age on September 1 year of enrollment.*

Parkside's ACT code is 4690. Visit www.actstudent.org 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.

*ACT/SAT scores are not required for transfer students with 12 or more transfer credits.

Frequently Asked Questions


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

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 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.

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 admissions@uwp.edu.

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.

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