Freshmen Admission Requirements

Admission will be determined by a comprehensive review of academic and non-academic factors. The University of Wisconsin-Superior fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention and embodies respect for diversity and multiple voices.

To enroll at UW-Superior as a new freshman, you must meet these academic requirements:

Academic Factors

Academic factors include the challenge of the high school curriculum, cumulative grade point average (GPA), high school class rank, and standardized test scores.

Standardized Test Scores

Students applying will have the option to decide whether or not they want their standardized test score (ACT/SAT) included in their admission review. Applicants can still submit an ACT or SAT scores as part of their application but also have the option to omit this in their application if they have not taken the ACT/SAT or if they do not feel their standardized test scores reflect their academic ability. The UW-Superior institutional code for the SAT is 1920, and for ACT, 4682.

If you are satisfied with your test scores and believe they are indicative of your academic achievement, then we are happy to consider them as part of your application. If you have a strong academic record demonstrated by good grades and a challenging curriculum, but do not feel your test results are an accurate reflection of your academic performance, you can choose not to submit them. It is important to note that by submitting test scores, it will never hurt an applicant. Test scores can only help applicants by providing additional information that may help with things such as placement exams, bridge program placement, or other items.

Home-Schooled Students

Home-school students will be considered for admission based on a complete review of their curriculum, test scores and other evidence that can be used to demonstrate their preparedness for college-level work. Other applicants who have not graduated from a recognized high school must provide evidence of ability to begin college work. Such evidence may include General Education Development (GED) test scores or a high school equivalency examination (HSED)

College Preparatory Credits

College preparatory credits
As per the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents policy, applicants must have taken a minimum of 17 high school credits in the following pattern. (A high school credit represents a norm of five class periods per week in one field of study for a school year of 36 weeks.)

17 - College Preparatory Credits:

  • 4 - English: including three credits of literature and composition
  • 3 - Mathematics: algebra, geometry and higher
  • 3 - Social Science/History
  • 3 - Natural Science
  • 4 - Other Electives: Chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science and other academic and vocational areas.

Non-Academic Factors

Non-academic factors include, but are not limited, to such things as leadership, community service, unique talents, and other personal characteristics that contribute to the diversity of the University.

Special consideration will be given to service veterans with at least 180 days of active duty.

Special consideration will be given to non-traditional age applicants 20 years of age or older

Please contact our Admissions Office for more information regarding articulation agreements that list specific courses which must be taken with your associate's degree. UW-Superior recommends following NACAC’s best practices for Student Rights and Responsibilities during the admission process.