High School Counselors
As a high school counselor, you are already committed to helping students succeed during and after high school. We want to help.
UW-Parkside is dedicated to serving the citizens of our region, and we appreciate the importance of attracting a diverse student body. Our impressive range of academic offerings (more than 100 majors, minors, certificates, and pre-professional programs) holds something for everyone. And our tuition and financial aid make Parkside a remarkable value. We invite you, your prospective students and their families to visit campus to discover first-hand what makes Parkside special.
High School Counselor and Transfer Advisor Visit Day: March 6, 2019
UW-Parkside invites you to Be Our Partner and join us for our High School Counselor & Transfer Visit Day on March 6, 2019!
High School Counselor & Transfer Advisor Visit Day allows counselors and advisors an opportunity to take a closer look at UW-Parkside. During this visit, you'll engage with academic and administrative leaders, as well as some of our outstanding students. Representatives from our signature programs will share valuable insight into the remarkable opportunities that await prospective Rangers. Complete your day with a tour of our beautiful campus and lunch with our faculty and staff. Come see for yourself what makes UW-Parkside the place to be!
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is an exceptional choice for a high quality education at an affordable cost. Our beautiful 700 acre campus is home to a diverse body of students who benefit from small class sizes and one-on-one faculty attention.
SIGNATURE FEATURES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE
We are proud to have the most diverse student body of the four-year comprehensive institutions of the UW System.
Nearly 60 percent of our graduates each commencement are the first in their families to earn a university degree.
Our tuition and fees are the lowest of any four-year accredited university in the state of Wisconsin.
Division II Athletics
Our Rangers are the only NCAA Division II athletics program in the state of Wisconsin.
Application Process Quick Navigation
Freshmen Application Process and Required Materials
1. Complete the UW System Online Application.
Create an account and start a new application for Parkside at apply.wisconsin.edu.
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. 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. High school counselors may sign the application fee waiver for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch to verify financial hardship.
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
4. Submit official transcripts from any 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.
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 the high school are accepted.
Where to Submit Materials
Attn: UW-Parkside Admissions PO Box 2000
900 Wood Rd
Kenosha, WI, 53141
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 students to complete their application early.
Anticipated Deadlines: 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.
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 an 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. Students should 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.
Congrats to our new Rangers!
Admitted students will receive a folder from UW-Parkside within approximately two weeks of the decision date. This folder includes their letter for admission along with a checklist of next steps to enroll at Parkside.
We encourage admitted students to sign up for the placement test and an orientation session as soon as possible.
Parkside completes a comprehensive review with each application received. If a student has been denied admission and wishes to appeal the decision, they must submit the following:
- An appeal statement
- Two letters of recommendation from core subject teachers (math, English, social studies, or science)
- Updated academic history if available (for example, 7th or 8th semester grades)
Appeal materials may be submitted by email to email@example.com or mailed to the Office of Admissions.
Once all appeal materials are received, a decision will be made within approximately 1-2 weeks.
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.
AP, IB, & More Quick Navigation
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.
View AP credit equivalencies
View CLEP equivalencies
View IB credit equivalencies
Students with military experience should submit a copy of their DD214 and military transcript (to be awarded credit for military experience.)
Formal Transfer Credit Evaluation
Once all application materials are submitted and an 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. Admitted students will be emailed a link to their transfer credit report.
Informal Transfer Credit Evaluation
Parkside offers two informal transfer assessment tools to help students make an informed decision. We recommend printing a record of all coursework referenced and contacting an 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.
Academics Quick Navigation
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.
View the academic catalog to explore course requirements for certain majors, general requirements for all Parkside students, and more.
View the academic maps which help you plan out your path to graduation efficiently and effectively.
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.
Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarships Quick Navigation
|Estimated Cost For Academic Year (full time)||In-State||Illinois and other MSEP States*||Nonresident||Minnesota Reciprocity|
|Tuition and fees||$7,368||$10,516||$15,356||$8,104|
|Double Room & Most Popular Meal Plan||$7,026||$7,026||$7,026||$7,026|
|Total Yearly Cost||$14,394||$17,542||$22,382||$15,130|
*All undergraduate students from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota in an eligible degree seeking program qualify for the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) tuition rate which is equivalent to 150% of the resident rate. Beginning fall 2018, students from Ohio qualify for the MSEP program.)
Net Price Calculator
See the projected housing, dining, and tuition costs for the upcoming academic year and use the Net Price Calculator to see specifically how these numbers apply to your students. The Net Price Calculator also uses estimates for books and supplies, personal expenses, and transportation costs.
To be considered for financial assistance, students must complete the FAFSA - the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is used to determine the amount of money a family will be expected to contribute to the cost of a student's education. All federal grant and loan awards are determined by the FAFSA. We strongly encourage students to apply by March 15. Be sure to use UW-Parkside's financial aid code (005015) on the application. If you or your students have any questions about completing the application, the Financial Aid office is happy to help.
UW-Parkside Foundation Scholarships
To be eligible, for UW-Parkside Foundation scholarships, students must be admitted to the university by February 1. The application for admission acts as the initial application for scholarships and grants. Students should indicate intended major on their application. Once a student is admitted, we may request additional information via email.
These scholarships have various criteria; some based on academic test scores and grade point average, some on leadership qualities while others look at the student's involvement in extra-curricular activities, majors and areas of interest. Awards range from $500 to $7,600.
MSEP and Out of State Tuition/Scholarships
Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship (MSEP) Program
All undergraduate students from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota in an eligible degree seeking program qualify for the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) tuition rate which is equivalent to 150% of the resident rate. The MSEP tuition rate does not pertain to all online courses or courses taken as consortium courses. See MSEP requirements.
(Beginning fall 2018, students from Ohio quality for the MSEP program.)
Nonresident Scholarship Program
Students from states other than Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Minnesota are charged the non-resident tuition rate. Students' application for admissions acts as the initial scholarship application. There is no deadline for nonresident scholarships. Each scholarship is prorated, based on the number of credits the student is enrolled in. Amounts listed represent full-time enrollment. These scholarships do not pertain to online courses or courses taken as consortium courses. See Nonresident Scholarship requirements.
Minnesota students are charged tuition fees based on the MN/WI reciprocity agreement. Each scholarship is prorated, based on the number of credits the student is enrolled in. This scholarship does not pertain to on-line courses or courses taken as consortium courses. See Minnesota Reciprocity requirements.
For additional information about these, and other scholarship and grant opportunities, please contact Heather McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 595-2574.
Lots of organizations offer additional scholarship opportunities; we've compiled a list of many of them to share with students.
Contact the Office of Admissions:
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Placement Testing: email@example.com
Youth/Course Options: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 900 Wood Rd, Kenosha, WI 53141
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