Freshmen Application Process and Required Materials
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Submit official high school transcript, GED scores, or HSED
All transcripts must be official and come directly from the institution.
- Your high school counselor can email your unofficial or official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can submit unofficial high school transcripts during the application process to email@example.com
- If sending your official transcript by mail, have it sent to:
UW-Parkside Admissions, 900 Wood Rd, Kenosha, WI 53144
- Transcripts submitted through an electronic service, such as Parchment, are accepted.
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 the official GED score report. Complete the GED/HSED Request Form.
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.
UW-Parkside is test optional. You are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores for admission purposes.
If you select to send ACT or SAT scores to UW-Parkside, follow the process below. Parkside's ACT code is 4690 and SAT code is 1860. Visit www.actstudent.org for information about testing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements for admission?
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, and class rank
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
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
When is the application deadline?
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 8 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.
How can I find out what is missing for my application?
How long does it take to make a decision?
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.
How will I find out the decision?
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.
Should I submit Advanced Placement (AP) Test Results?
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.
Tips for completing your essay
This part is all about you! Tell us about something you've done — academically or personally — and what you've learned from it. Was it a success or a challenge? Did it represent a turning point in your file? How did this particular moment in your life influence you, and how will it continue to influence you as you pursue your college education?
- An essay should consist of 3 to 5 paragraphs that concisely answer the prompt.
- Read the prompt carefully and make bullet points of your thoughts, this will help you to organize your paragraphs.
- Proof read and use spell check, and then have someone you trust proof read.
- Tell us a story, but make a point as it relates to the prompt.
- It’s okay to talk about your challenges, also talk about how you will improve.
- DO NOT plagiarize. We want to hear about you, in your voice.
- Starting your essay with a quote from a source you like (an inspiration) is a great way to begin – Just remember it is a quote and should be treated as such (i.e. quote marks and name of author). Often times this draws the reader in and even inspires them.
- Think of this as an essay you would submit in your English class, we look for the same things, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, etc.
- Don't use your phone to write your essay if you can avoid it.