How to Apply: New First-Year Student

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Undergraduate Application Deadlines

The earlier you apply, the better! We begin the review process as soon as we receive a complete application.

Applications Open Recommended
Fall 2023 August 1, 2022 January 1, 2023
Spring 2024 April 1, 2023 November 1, 2023
Fall 2024 August 1, 2023 January 1, 2024

Undergraduate Application Process

UW-Stout is focused on student success and is excited to share our unique learning experience with prospective students. We have waived our application fee. To apply to UW-Stout as a brand new first-year college student, please submit one of the following applications:

UW System Application

Common App Application

Additional Application Requirements

  • Your high school transcripts (unofficial may be submitted for review purposes, an official will be requested upon graduation) or GED certificate/HSED diploma.
  • Optional: a copy of your ACT or SAT score
    (UW-Stout has extended being test-optional to the 2024-2025 academic year. At this time, the last term that students can opt out of submitting an ACT/SAT score is spring 2025.)

Once we have received all of these documents, our Admissions staff will begin the review process. If you have questions along the way, call or email us any time.

Submitting your official transcripts or GED Certificate/HSED
Mail Electronically

Admissions Office
212 Sorensen Hall
Menomonie, WI 54751

Must be submitted directly to UW-Stout Undergraduate Admissions from the institution.

We cannot accept faxed or emailed transcripts. 

If prompted for an email where to send the transcript:

Note: If you're a military member, submit official Joint Services Transcript or official transcript from the Community College of the Air Force.


Additional Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Required High School Courses
Course Important Notes
4 Credits of English Emphasizing literature, composition, rhetoric, and speech.
3 Credits of Math Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II (Integrated Math 1, 2, & 3). A fourth-year is strongly encouraged for majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
3 Credits of Social Science Social Science/History
3 Credits of Science Typically Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry. Physics & Chemistry are strongly encouraged for majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
4 Elective Credits Chosen from the areas above or world language, business, family/consumer education, art and design, computer application/programming, and other academic areas.

Note: Some high school courses may not satisfy university admission requirements for preparatory academic coursework. For information on the applicability of high school courses, please call the Admissions Office.

Changes in High School Senior-Year Coursework

We expect that you will successfully complete the senior year coursework listed on your admission application. Schedule changes of academic coursework during your senior year and/or the unsuccessful completion of your senior year coursework may result in the cancellation of admission. If you're considering making schedule changes, or if you are concerned about your academic progress in any of your courses, please contact us by phone or email

World Language Requirements

World language is not required for admission; however, UW-Stout students must fulfill our global perspective requirement, which typically includes taking courses in a world language. We encourage you to complete at least two years of a world language class in high school, so that you'll be better prepared to succeed at UW-Stout.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Some of our programs have specific admission criteria beyond the standard UW-Stout application requirements. 

View Specific Program Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Decisions

Our admission decisions are based on multiple criteria including academic rigor, academic GPA, trend in grades, rank in class and ACT/SAT scores (if submitted). Non-academic factors such as extracurricular activities will also be considered. We conduct a comprehensive review and no single factor will eliminate or guarantee admission.

Once we've reviewed your complete application, we make one of three admission decisions:

  • Admit » Congratulations, you’re in!
  • Deny » Students who are not competitive for admission to UW-Stout.
  • Postpone » Some applicants are neither admitted nor denied upon initial review. These students are postponed. Postponed applicants have strong qualifications and the potential for success at UW-Stout. However we would like to review grades from the first semester of your senior year, review your new ACT scores, or receive recommendation letters before making an admission decision.

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