Admissions

UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG
Student Center D105 • 262-595-2355

The Office of Admissions and New Student Services provides admission counseling and support for prospective students along with admissions application processing.

Degree-Seeking Status

Degree-seeking students are those expecting to complete requirements for a degree or second degree. To be accepted as degree-seeking, students must meet the appropriate admission requirements in effect at the time they complete the application.

Students are subject to the general education requirements in effect at the time they are accepted as a degree-seeking student. Students’ specific program requirements (major, minor, certificate, concentration) are determined by the date their program declarations are accepted by the appropriate department. Determination of freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior classification will be made on the basis of the combined total of credits earned toward graduation at UW-Parkside and credits accepted in transfer:

Class Credits
Freshman        24 or fewer
Sophomore     25 to 53
Junior              54 to 83
Senior             84 or more

Admission Requirements

New Freshmen
To be considered for admission as degree-seeking candidates, applicants must submit the University of Wisconsin System Application, the required application fee, and official transcripts from high school (or the equivalent). New freshmen applicants that complete college level work while in high school must submit official college transcripts upon completion of the course(s). In addition, all applicants under 21 years of age on September 1 of the academic year in which they plan to enroll must also submit ACT or SAT scores.

Freshman applicants must demonstrate that they are prepared to do satisfactory academic work and, that as members of the campus community, they will benefit from and enrich the educational environment and the quality of UW-Parkside. UW-Parkside completes a comprehensive review with each application received.  Both academic and nonacademic factors that are presented in an application are used to make an admission decision. Academic factors include quality and rigor of high school coursework, grade point average, class rank, trends in grades and standardized test scores.

In addition to the academic background and qualifications of applicants, nonacademic factors will also be considered. These 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 factors in their application that are both academic and nonacademic. Academic factors will continue to be of primary importance in the comprehensive review.

Since there are no specific requirements to guarantee admission, and in an effort to help students plan their academic future, students likely to be admitted will rank in the upper 50th percentile of their high school class or have a minimum ACT composite score of 20 (or SAT equivalent) and complete the academic units listed below.

New freshmen must complete a minimum of 17 high school units with the following distribution:

Academic Subjects Units
English/Speech  4 (3 units must be composition and/or literature)
Mathematics 3 (must be algebra or higher, or equivalent, not including statistics)
Natural Science 3 (including one lab science)
Social Science 3
Additional Electives 4 (from the above areas, foreign language and/or fine arts and computer science)

Transfer Students
Transfer students are those who enter UW-Parkside with 12 or more transferable credits earned from another accredited college, university, or college-parallel program.

Transfer students must submit the University of Wisconsin System Application for Undergraduate Admission, pay the required application fee, and provide transcripts from all high schools and all institutions of higher education previously attended. Applicants who already hold a bachelor’s degree need not provide high school transcripts, unless they have completed the foreign language requirement with course work completed in high school (see the foreign language requirement in the Policies section of this catalog).

UW-Parkside completes a comprehensive review with each application received. Both academic and non-academic factors that are presented in an application are used to make an admission decision. Academic factors for admission include the academic rigor of the completed college courses, the earned number of college transfer credits, individual course grades and collegiate cumulative grade point average. A transfer applicant’s high school academic record, including curriculum, GPA, class rank and ACT or SAT score may also be considered when less than 24 semester transfer credits have been earned at the time of application.

In addition to the academic background and qualifications of applicants, nonacademic factors will also be considered. These include, but are not limited to, leadership, community service, special talent and ability, life experience, and personal characteristics that contribute to the strengths and diversity of the university. The most competitive candidates for admission present factors in their application that are both academic and nonacademic. Academic factors will continue to be of primary importance in the comprehensive review.

Important information about academic policies that apply to transfer students can be found in the Policies section of this catalog.

Failure to inform UW-Parkside of attendance at any other institution of higher education may constitute grounds for disciplinary dismissal. If, after receiving complete transfer records, the university determines that the student is on academic or disciplinary suspension status at another institution of higher education, that status will be honored by UW-Parkside and the applicant’s registration will be canceled.

International Students
Students from approximately 30 countries currently attend UW-Parkside. The Office of Admissions assists international students in completing the admissions process and determines eligibility for scholarship assistance.

Admission of international students depends on scholastic achievement, English language competency, and the student’s ability to secure the required financial support. To apply, students must submit the following: The University of Wisconsin System International application, official transcripts in English translation documenting completion of secondary school and attendance at all other institutions of higher education (if applicable); the required application  fee; and official Statements of Financial Support. Students must also arrange for the university to receive official scores showing English Language proficiency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is preferred but other acceptable tests include IELTS and the STEP test. The minimum required score on the TOEFL is a computer- based score of 197 or Internet-based score of 71; for IELTS the minimum score is a 6; and for STEP, completion of Pre-1st Grade Level. In addition, upon admission, each student is required to take a placement test to determine English proficiency prior to course placement.

Students seeking transfer credit from an international post-secondary institution will be referred to a foreign credential service. An additional fee will be charged by the evaluation service.

International students are generally required to finance their entire education. United States immigration regulations restrict almost all off-campus work and limit on-campus work to 20 hours per week.

All UW-Parkside international students are required to have health insurance. International students are automatically enrolled and billed for the International insurance program unless granted a waiver by the International Student Services Coordinator.

Re-entry Students
Applicants who previously attended UW-Parkside but have not been enrolled for more than one year must complete the UW System online re-entry application. Students who were previously enrolled and left due to military active duty deployment are eligible to re-enroll at the university with the same academic standing as when they last attended.

In addition, students applying for re-entry must submit high school transcripts and transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended unless they have been provided in the past. Applicants who have been dropped for academic reasons from another institution since last attending UW-Parkside are not eligible to return to the university. Appeals for extraordinary circumstances will be considered.

Applicants seeking re-entry after having served a period on academic suspension from UW-Parkside must complete a re-entry application through the Office of Admissions

Veterans
UW-Parkside is approved for the education of reservists, veterans, disabled or deceased veterans’ dependents, and war orphans under programs provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the state of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. All veterans’ benefits are coordinated by the University’s Veterans Certifying Official.

To be certified for benefits, veterans enrolling for the first time must submit an Application for Educational Benefits form. Students who were receiving benefits at another school must submit a Request for Change of Place of Training form. In order to continue receiving benefits, veterans must submit a Request for Veterans’ Benefits form at the beginning of each semester. Veterans interested in state of Wisconsin benefit programs must contact their county Veterans Service Office.

Federal and state financial aid regulations may require some veterans’ benefits to be considered as part of a financial aid award package. Veterans who plan to receive financial aid in addition to veterans’ benefits must report their monthly benefit amounts to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Advanced Placement

Applicants who have exhibited outstanding scholarship and participated in the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advanced Placement Program may be considered for advanced college placement or credit.

Four-Year Graduation Guarantee Plan

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside offers a four-year graduation guarantee that assures eligible entering freshmen a degree at the end of eight regular semesters.

Under the Chancellor’s Four-Year Guarantee Program, students work closely with an academic adviser to carefully plan a sequence of courses in order to complete UW-Parkside’s degree requirements within four years of enrollment. The program is designed to help undergraduate students enter the work force full time as soon as possible, or to pursue a graduate education, and avoid unnecessary tuition expenses.

To be eligible for the program, first-time freshmen entering UW-Parkside must express their intent to complete one major and degree program, have the necessary academic preparation to begin course work at the entry level for general education and their chosen major, and enroll in at least 15 credits their first semester.

To remain eligible, students must complete an average of 15 credits each semester, maintain a minimum 2.00 grade point average (some degree programs may require higher grade point averages), declare their major as soon as allowed by the academic department, develop a four-year plan with their academic adviser and meet with that adviser each semester prior to course registration. There is no penalty for students who enter the program but are unable to complete it; there is no obligation to stay in the program.

UW-Parkside provides participating students with a four-year academic plan, appropriate academic advising, and courses required for the declared major and degree. The university also provides substitutions or waivers of requirements or even free tuition or tuition reimbursement for participating students if the required courses are not available and the student is not able to graduate in four years.

Placement Tests 

Wisconsin Placement Tests (Math, English and Foreign Language) are meant to be administered only when a student first arrives on campus in anticipation of their first semester of college work. After a student enrolls in and attends a Mathematics, English or Foreign Language course (even if they only attend for a single day) a placement test cannot be administered again in an attempt to place in a different course level (whether it be a higher or lower level course).

First Year Students attending Parkside are required to take a Math & English Placement Tests for placement into the appropriate level course. Foreign Language is not required.

Transfer students attending Parkside are required to take the Math & English Placement Tests unless (a) the student has transfer credit that satisfies the Math requirement or (b) has taken a math course that places the student into the next, sequential course. Foreign Language is not required.

A current student is eligible to take a Placement Test only if the student has not enrolled in and attended any Math, English or Foreign Language courses.

More information can be found on the Placement Testing website.

Non-Degree-Seeking Students

UW-Parkside welcomes students pursuing studies for personal or professional enrichment. Persons not pursuing a degree, and those wishing only to audit courses are admitted as non-degree-seeking students. Such students must submit the University of Wisconsin System Application for Undergraduate Admission. No application fee is required. Non-degree-seeking students are classified as special students at the graduate or undergraduate level and are not eligible to receive financial aid.

A non-degree-seeking student may not enroll for more than 6 credits in a given semester without permission from the Advising and Career Center. Only the first 15 credits earned at UW-Parkside as a non-degree-seeking student may later be applied toward an undergraduate degree. A non-degree-seeking student cannot declare a major. Academic probation and drop policies related to grade point averages and earned credits apply. Completion of appropriate placement tests is a required prerequisite to enrollment in English, mathematics, chemistry, or second-semester or higher foreign language courses.

Non-degree-seeking students who desire to be degree candidates must file a degree-seeking application and submit transcripts from all high schools and all other institutions of higher education previously attended. Students must meet the admission requirements in effect at the time they complete their files and are ready to be considered for admission as degree-seeking students.

Students are subject to the general education requirements in effect at the time they are accepted as a degree-seeking student. Students who have been granted degree-seeking status and wish to declare a major may petition to do so. Students’ specific program requirements (major, minor, certificate, concentration) are determined by the date their program declarations are accepted by the appropriate department.

High School Special Students

High school juniors and seniors with superior high school records may enroll as non-degree-seeking students in one or two UW-Parkside courses while working toward a high school diploma. Students must consult with their high school counselors before undertaking university work and present written permission from the appropriate high school official. High school special students are responsible for the payment of all tuition, fees and books.

Course Options Program

Students enrolled in a Wisconsin public school district may be eligible to take college courses. Minimum qualifications for the Course Options Program require that students must:

  • Rank in the upper 25% of their high school class or if ranking is not available, have a cumulative 3.00/4.00 GPA.
  • Have the approval from their high school.
  • Submit all appropriate and official applications and documentation as approved by their high school.

Parkside Access to College Credits (PACC)

The Parkside Access to College Credit Program (PACC) allows eligible high school students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously by taking and successfully completing designated courses at their high school, known as concurrent enrollment. By taking college credit in high school, students also set themselves apart by demonstrating that they can succeed in college-level classes. Go to https://www.uwp.edu/learn/departments/professionalstudies/pacc/ to learn more about the PACC program.

Youth Options Program

Students in Wisconsin public high schools may be eligible to take college courses for both high school and college credit and have those courses paid for by their school district. Interested students should consult their high school counselors for information about this program. Minimum qualifications for the Youth Options Program require that students must:

  • Be in the junior or senior year.
  • Rank in the upper 25% of their high school class or if ranking is not available, have a cumulative 3.00/4.00 GPA.
  • Have the approval from their high school.
  • Submit all appropriate and official applications and documentation as approved by their high school.

Social Security Disability Recipients and Senior Citizens

Persons receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and senior citizens aged 60 or older may audit courses without paying a fee. (See section entitled “Audit” in the Policies section of this catalog.)

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