Admission to UW-Superior
Admission to UW-Superior
The University of Wisconsin-Superior welcomes all students who meet entrance standards. UW-Superior strives to create a campus community that reflects the diversity of our country. We encourage students of color and others from traditionally underrepresented groups to consider joining us. Students are admitted without regard to race, color, creed, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status, national origin, sex or religion. Discrimination on the basis of any of these categories will not be tolerated.
Students planning to apply for admission should do so early in their senior year of high school. Nontraditional students and transfer students should apply well in advance of the semester they wish to begin at UW-Superior. Priority deadlines are April 1 for fall and December 1 for spring. Complete information and the necessary application forms may be obtained online at www.uwsuper.edu/admissions or by contacting the Office of Admissions at the address below:
Office of Admissions
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Belknap & Catlin, PO Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880-2898
Phone: (715) 394-8230
Visit our campus
We encourage prospective students to visit our campus. To arrange a tour, contact our Office of Admissions by telephone or by e-mail. You also can visit UW-Superior on the web at www.uwsuper.edu/admissions.
Admissions requirements vary for different types of students. Here is a list of the different kinds of undergraduate students we enroll. Find the category that describes you, then use the admissions information under that category in this portion of the catalog.
Freshmen: Graduates of high schools in the United States or those who have received a GED or HSED who have not attended another university, technical college or other school after high school.
Advanced Admission for Selected High School Students: High school juniors and seniors who meet UW-Superior requirements to take courses for audit or credit.
Youth Options: High school juniors and seniors who meet UW-Superior requirements to take courses through the Wisconsin Youth Options Program. Tuition and fees are paid by the student's school district.
Special Students: Anyone taking courses at UW-Superior but not seeking a degree.
Transfer or Advanced Standing Students: Students transferring to UW-Superior from accredited universities or colleges with 12 or more credits. Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable credits must have met the freshmen requirements.
Advanced Placement: High school seniors who have completed college-level courses through the College Board's Advanced Placement Programs.
International Students: Anyone seeking to enroll as a freshman or transfer student who is not a citizen or immigrant (permanent resident) of the United States.
Distance Learning Center: Distance Learning Center admission follows the same comprehensive process used for other UW-Superior admissions categories. Students who have completed high school within the past five years must meet UW-Superior freshmen or transfer admission requirements, as appropriate. Applications by those more than five years beyond high school will be reviewed with greater consideration of non-academic factors. These latter applicants are encouraged to use the application essay to explain special circumstances or personal changes since previous academic work, as well as plans to ensure success in the intended program.
International students may be admitted on an individual basis, and must meet the UW-Superior International Student admissions requirements. Youth Options students must meet the UW-Superior Youth Options admissions requirements. Non-degree seeking students must meet the UW-Superior Special Students admissions requirements.
All students must have regular access to broadband Internet service for online study.
Graduate Students: See the Graduate Studies portion of this catalog.
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:
I. Graduation from a recognized high school or equivalent
A. A recognized high school is one which is:
1. Operated by a public school district.
2. A private school accredited by an association certified by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit private schools, and whose names appear in the Federal Register as an accreditation association.
3. A private school that's not accredited but which may be recognized by an institution in the University of Wisconsin System, based on the performance of previously admitted graduates from that high school.
B. An applicant who has not graduated from a recognized high school must provide evidence of ability to begin college work. Such evidence may include General Education Development test scores or a high school equivalency examination or other established criteria, transcripts ofcoursework completed in high school, high school rank-in-class before leaving, written recommendations, ACT/SAT scores, or other evidence deemed appropriate. High school equivalence applicants may not normally be enrolled unless they are a minimum of two years past their expected date of high school graduation.
C. 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)
II. College preparatory credits
Applicants must have taken a minimum of 17 high school credits in the following pattern.
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.
Students admitted on the basis of an equivalency certificate diploma or GED examination shall be considered to have fulfilled these minimum requirements.
III. Evaluation criteria
UW-Superior Freshman Admission
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.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior strives to create a campus community that reflects the diversity of our world.
Admission to the University of Wisconsin-Superior will be determined by a comprehensive review of academic and non-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. (The applicant must submit ACT or SAT scores).
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. 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.
IV. Other considerations
A. Special consideration will be given to applicants who:
1. Are educationally or economically disadvantaged.
2. Achieve a GED total score of 2500 points
B. Requirements for out-of-state students will be the same as those for Wisconsin residents. Additional admission criteria will be required of international students.
Students applying to enter the university as freshmen should submit the following to the Office of Admissions after September 15. Contact the Office of Admissions for application deadlines. Early application is recommended due to enrollment limitations with priority consideration give to those who apply before April 1st for fall and December 1st for spring.
1. A completed UW System application for admission, which can be found online at www.uwsuper.edu/admissions
2. A $44 nonrefundable application fee payable to UW-Superior.
3. An official transcript of all high school credit completed. Students who have not graduated at the time of application need to arrange to have the high school forward a final transcript upon high school graduation.
4. Scores from the American College Test (ACT) or from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Submission of the ACT/SAT results is optional for applicants age 20 or older.
5. Results of the Wisconsin Mathematics Placement Test must be submitted before enrolling. Students who have not submitted ACT or SAT scores and have not completed English 101 also need to take the Wisconsin English Placement Test. These tests generally are administered during April and May. Most University of Wisconsin System institutions are test sites. The Office of Admissions will inform admitted students when and where they may take these tests.
6. Applicants who wish to be admitted on the basis of high school equivalency must submit official documents such as the Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or other appropriate certificate. Include an official transcript of GED scores.
7. Admitted students who wish to enroll must pay a $100 enrollment deposit, as described in their letter of admission. This deposit will be applied to the costs of the first semester of attendance.
Advanced Admission for Selected High School Students
Selected high school students who meet university requirements may be accepted to take courses for audit or credit. These students may pursue their university academic work during summer session or the regular academic year. High school juniors and seniors may be admitted and enrolled for credit if:
1. They apply for admission on standard university forms.
2. They rank in the upper half of their high school class.
3. There is room for them in the class.
Credits and grades will be averaged into the student's grade point average after one term of University attendance.
High school students who meet the requirements for enrollment at the University prior to high school graduation may apply by submitting the following:
A. Students who want to earn college credit must submit:
1. A completed University of Wisconsin System application for admission which is available online at www.uwsuper.edu/admissions.
2. A high school transcript. Submission of either ACT or SAT test scores is recommended.
3. A letter of recommendation, on high school letterhead, from either the principal or counselor.
B. Students who wish to enroll as audit students (no college credit) must submit:
1. A completed UW System application for admission.
2. A high school transcript. Submission of ACT or SAT scores is recommended.
C. Admitted students who wish to enroll must pay a $100 enrollment deposit, as described in their letter of admission. This deposit will be applied to the costs of the first semester of attendance.
The Youth Options program enables Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors to enroll in one or more courses at an institution of higher education in Wisconsin. School districts are required to pay the cost of tuition, books and fees and to determine whether the course satisfies state graduation and high school credit requirements.
UW-Superior welcomes Youth Options students and will attempt to accommodate them if they meet admission requirements and if there is space available in the desired courses. School district approval as a Youth Option student will not guarantee admission to UW-Superior or enrollment in desired courses.
To be considered for admission as a Youth Options student, applicants must submit to the Admission Office the following:
1. A completed UW System application for admission which is available online at www.uwsuper.edu/admissions.
2. An official transcript of all high school credit completed as of the end of the prior semester. This transcript should indicate current class rank. Results of the ACT are desirable, but not mandatory.
3. A brief statement describing the student's reasons for enrolling in the Youth Options Program and a list of courses the student would like to take at UW-Superior.
Admission to UW-Superior as a Youth Options student is subject to course, program and institutional enrollment limits, and to admission requirements as authorized by the Board of Regents. Generally, a Youth Options student must be ranked in the upper half of his or her class to be considered for admission. Admission to UW-Superior as a Youth Options student will not guarantee availability of space in any desired course.
Youth Options applicants should be aware of the following:
1. Course enrollment priority will be given to UW-Superior's degree-seeking students.
2. If admitted to UW-Superior, the Office of Admissions will inform Youth Options students the procedures for registering for classes. Before registering for university courses, Youth Options students must submit proof that the proposed coursework has been approved by the school administration.
3. It is the student's responsibility to make the appropriate arrangements to pay for tuition, fees and course materials. Tuition and fees shall be assessed according to institutional policies in regard to withdrawal, dropping a course, late fees, and refunds.
4. Youth Options students will be subject to UW-Superior codes of conduct and academic policies.
5. All coursework taken by Youth Options students will be recorded and transcripted as post-secondary credit. It is the responsibility of the student and the school board to determine whether the coursework may also satisfy high school credit requirements.
6. Course selection is dependent upon appropriate high school preparation, course prerequisites and, in some cases, consent of the instructor.
Special Students may take university courses without being admitted as degree-seeking students. This is useful for high school students starting early on college coursework and adults seeking specific credits to advance their careers, earn teacher certification, or gain personal enrichment.
To be admitted as a Special Student, an applicant must be a current high school junior or senior, a high school graduate, or the holder of a GED.
Special students should be aware that they:
1. In most instances, cannot qualify for financial aid.
2. Cannot compete in intercollegiate athletics.
3. Can earn up to 29 semester credits under this classification.
4. Can apply appropriate credits earned toward a degree.
5. Pay the same tuition and fees as a degree-seeking student.
6. Admitted students who wish to enroll must pay a $100 enrollment deposit, as described in their letter of admission. This deposit will be applied to the costs of the first semester of attendance.
Changing from special to degree-seeking status
Special students who did not meet the university's admission criteria when they initially applied must earn a minimum of 12 credits at UW-Superior (excluding credits in courses below the 100 level) in good academic standing to be considered for admission as degree-seeking students. In addition, the credits must include one course from the core requirements and one course each from two knowledge categories identified in the general education requirements.
Special students who elected to enter the institution as non degree-seeking students but who would have met the admissions criteria may be changed to degree-seeking upon completion of items 1 through 5 below.
Students who enter the university as a Special Student may remain in that classification until they earn a maximum of 29 semester credits. If they choose to become degree-seeking students or they reach the maximum 29 credits they must:
1. Complete a standard admissions application form (if they have not previously done so).
2. Pay the $44 admission fee.
3. Have a 2.0 grade point average or higher.
4. Submit a high school transcript and information related to high school percentile rank.
5. If students are under 20 years of age at the time they convert, they must submit an ACT or SAT test score.
High school students enrolled as Special Students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information if they want to change their status to a degree-seeking student.
High school students must complete a UW System application for admission and return that to the Office of Admissions along with a high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from their high school counselor or principal.
Other applicants seeking to enroll as a special adult student must complete a UW-Superior Special Adult Student Application and return it to the Office of Admissions. There is no application fee.
Transfer or Advanced Standing Students
Students transferring to UW-Superior from accredited college parallel programs, colleges or universities with 12 or more earned credits and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better will usually be admitted in good standing. Some academic majors require higher grade point averages to be admitted into their programs.
Transfer applicants with 12 or more credits with less than a 2.0 average may be admitted on probation if their previous collegiate record meets the requirement of Standards for Academic Good Standing at UW-Superior and if they would have originally qualified for admission as freshmen at UW-Superior. If the transfer applicant has not already earned an Associate Degree or Bachelor's Degree at another college or university, then an official high school transcript needs to be submitted to the office of admission.
Meeting General Education requirements
The UW-Superior lower-division General Education requirements are considered satisfied for those students who have earned an associate of arts degree from a University of Wisconsin System institution or from any of the Minnesota State Colleges and University (MNSCU) Community Colleges.
Students who earn Associate of Art or Associate of Science degrees from many community colleges in neighboring states may also be considered to have satisfied the UW-Superior lower-division General Education requirements. Students should contact the Office of Admissions or their community college transfer advisor for more information regarding articulation agreements which list specific courses which must be taken within the degree. (Note: Associate of Applied Science degrees do not meet the requirement.)
UW-Superior also offers program-to-program articulation agreements for students who have graduated from many programs within the Wisconsin Technical College System, UW Colleges and the MNSCU system.
Credit for military training
Credit may be awarded for military experience or military school training. Depending on the branch of the military, students are requested to supply their military services transcript to the transfer coordinator in the Office of Admissions to have the credit recommended by the American Council on Education be given for training to the student record.
Selecting a catalog of entry
Transfer students may select the pertinent catalog of entry at UW-Superior which corresponds with the start of the academic year at their previous institution. The maximum time between a catalog of entry and a catalog of exit is seven years. A maximum of 72 semester credits may be transferred to UW-Superior from any one or combination of two-year colleges.
An official evaluation of credits will be made and forwarded to the transfer applicant when his or her application form, application fee, and all transcripts have been received by the Office of Admissions and the student has been admitted to the University. Transfer analysis will be based only on official transcripts received directly from the transfer institution, not from student copies.
Credits with a grade of D- or better earned at accredited college parallel programs, colleges, or universities will transfer except in freshman English, WRIT 101 and WRIT 102 which need to be a C- or better.
Elementary Education majors and teacher certification students must earn a minimum of C in COMM 110 and HHP 102.
Students applying for admission as transfer students must submit to the university:
1. A completed UW System application for admission.
2. A $44 nonrefundable fee payable to UW-Superior. (This fee is waived if the applicant is transferring directly from a two-year UW College as a degree-seeking student).
3. Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended.
4. Official high school transcripts if the applicant has not already earned an Associate Degree or Bachelor's Degree at another college or university.
5. Admitted students who wish to enroll must pay a $100 enrollment deposit, as described in their letter of admission. This deposit will be applied to the costs of the first semester of attendance.
High School seniors who have completed college-level courses through the College Board's Advanced Placement Programs may take the appropriate examination administered by the Educational Testing Service and have their scores, test papers and reports sent to UW-Superior. The university has approved the granting of credit for Advanced Placement in a number of areas. Further information is available online at www.uwsuper.edu/admissions or by contacting the Office of Admissions.
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International Students (Undergraduate)
Application Procedures and Requirements
UW-Superior welcomes qualified students from other countries. The Office of International Programs is responsible for the admission of undergraduate international students. International applicants are encouraged to refer to the undergraduate international admissions website, www.uwsuper.edu/oip/intl_pros/index.cfm, for updated information about the application process, requirements, costs, financial assistance and related information.
Undergraduate international applicants may apply to enroll as degree-seeking freshmen or transfer (advanced standing) students. Undergraduate international students who wish to enroll through a UW-Superior-affiliated international program may apply as Special Students.
International students who wish to enroll in undergraduate courses must submit the following:
1. A completed international undergraduate student application and appropriate application fee.
2. Official academic records for secondary and all post-secondary education. Official records must be submitted in their native language and must be accompanied by an official English translation. Official records should be sent to the UW-Superior Office of International Programs directly from the institution or examining board.
3. Verification of English language proficiency (non-native English speaking students only). The requirement will be considered satisfied by any of the following: 1) a TOEFL score of 61 iBT (Internet-Based Test) or 500 PBT (Paper-Based Test), 2) an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 or higher, or 3) successful completion of English 101 at an accredited U.S. college or university. See English as a Second Language section for related information and requirements.
4. SAT or ACT score report. Native English speakers under age 20 must submit an SAT score or an ACT score. Non-native English speakers and native English speakers 20 or older are encouraged to submit SAT or ACT exam results if available.
5. Documentation of sufficient financial support to live and study full-time at UW-Superior. Financial verification is required before the university will issue the U.S. government form, Form I-20, necessary to obtain an F-1 student visa or to transfer from another U.S. institution.
Freshmen and transfer students who have not taken a mathematics or English course at an accredited U.S. institution are required to take the UW-Superior math placement test and English or ESL placement test, as appropriate, before enrollment or as early as possible during the first semester. The English placement test may not be required if an ACT or SAT score is submitted.
Admitted international students who wish to enroll must pay an enrollment deposit, as described in their letter of admission. This deposit will be applied to the costs of the first semester of attendance.
Conditional Admission for Non-Native English Speaking Students
International students who meet all requirements for undergraduate admission except for English proficiency may apply for conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students attend an intensive English language school until they have met the UW-Superior English proficiency requirement. Students who wish to apply for conditional admission must submit the items indicated above, except verification of English proficiency, and the application materials required by the intensive English language school they choose to attend. Conditionally admitted students will be eligible for standard admission to UW-Superior after they have submitted proof of English proficiency and updated documentation, which must be received at least three weeks prior to the start of the semester.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Requirements
ESL Placement Exam:
Non-Native English- speaking students who submit English proficiency scores in the following ranges are required to take the UW-Superior ESL placement test prior to the beginning of their first semester.
TOEFL iBT: 61-81
TOEFL PBT: 500-550
International students whose score falls above these ranges, or who score at least 450 on the SAT critical reading section or at least 18 on the ACT English section, are required to take the UW English Placement Test (EPT) prior to their first semester.
Four ESL courses are offered at UW-Superior:, ESL 090 (2 credits), ESL 091 (3 credits), ESL 092 (3credits) and ESL 093 (2 credits). Credits for these courses , the credits for which do not count toward graduation. Students are placed into appropriate ESL course(s) based on their ESL placement test results. Students who are required to ESL also take one or more appropriate undergraduate credit-bearing courses during their first semester.
Transition from ESL 092 to WRIT 099, 101 or 102:
Students who are required to take ESL 092, Writing for Academic Purposes, are required to take an appropriate English writing course, WRIT 099, WRIT 101 or WRIT 102, the following semester. In the latter half of the semester, ESL 092 students are given the following assignments as part of the ESL 092 course: 1) a 30- to 40-minute timed writing assignment and 2) a multi-draft, two- to three- page essay assignment. The ESL 092 instructor forwards scanned copies of the students' work to the Composition Coordinator two weeks prior to the last day of classes. Determinations regarding placement into WRIT 099, 101 or 102 are made based on the assessment of these writing assignments, not the UW EPT. The Composition Coordinator is responsible for overseeing these determinations and notifying students by the final day of classes.