How to Apply: New First-Year Student

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Apply as a First-Year Student.

If you're a first-time college student, you're in the right place. Let's guide you through the simple application process.

As a new first-year college student, you can submit either of the following applications:

UW Application (All Student Types)

Note: Students who apply using the UW Application can submit their application for free to up to three Universities of Wisconsin schools. Students will be charged $25 by the Universities of Wisconsin for each additional.

Common App (New Freshmen Only)



First-Year Student Application Process at UW-Stout

We've designed our first-year student application process to ensure a seamless, stress-free journey to college. Our goal is to provide you with all the necessary information to confidently complete your application and take the next step toward your future. Your complete First-Year Application will include the following items:


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Complete either the UW Application or Common App

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Test Scores

ACT or SAT Score (Optional through summer 2027)

First-Year Application Questions

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Required Document Submissions & College Credit in High School


Submit Transcripts or GED/Certificate/HSED Diploma
    Mail Electronically


Admissions Office
212 Sorensen Hall
121 10th Ave E.
Menomonie, WI 54751


Transcripts should be mailed to UW-Stout Undergraduate Admissions or emailed to:

Unofficial transcripts sent by email or fax may be submitted for initial application review, but official transcripts (sent directly from the educational institution) will be required prior to your first semester.

Note: Military members should submit their official Joint Services Transcript or official transcript from the Community College of the Air Force.

Earn College Credits in High School

We offer advanced credit for successful completion of college-level coursework during high school and for high school achievements in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. To explore your options, consult your high school counselor.

Discover Credit Opportunities


Additional First-Year Admission Information & Requirements


High School Requirements & Updates

Required High School Courses

CourseImportant Notes
4 Credits of EnglishEmphasizing literature, composition, rhetoric, and speech.
3 Credits of MathAlgebra 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 ScienceSocial Science/History
3 Credits of ScienceTypically Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry. Physics & Chemistry are strongly encouraged for majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
4 Elective CreditsChosen 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:
Schedule changes or unsuccessful completion of the senior year coursework may lead to admission cancellation. Contact us if you're considering schedule changes or have concerns about your academic progress in any course. If you're considering making schedule changes, please contact us by phone or email

World Language Requirements:
World language is not a requirement for admission nor for degree completion at UW-Stout. Global Perspective credits are built into all UW-Stout degrees and are often completed simultaneously with General Education. While World Language courses are an option to fulfill these credits, they are not required.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

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

View Specific Program Requirements

Application Deadlines & Admission Decisions

First-Year Application Deadlines

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

Entry TermApplication OpensPriority Deadline
Fall 2024August 1, 2023January 1, 2024
Spring 2025April 1, 2024November 1, 2024
Fall 2025August 1, 2024January 1, 2025
Spring 2026April 1, 2025November 1, 2025
Summer / Winterm Degree-seeking students who are new and want to take a Summer or Winterm course should contact Admissions to backdate/change their admit term to Summer or Winterm.


First-Year Admission Decisions:

Admission decisions are based on various criteria, including academic rigor, GPA, grade trend, class rank, and ACT/SAT scores (if provided). Non-academic factors like extracurricular activities are also taken into account. Our review process is holistic, and no single factor alone determines admission.

After reviewing your complete application, we make one of three admission decisions:

  • Admitted: Congratulations! You’re a future Blue Devil!
  • Postponed: Some applicants aren't immediately admitted upon initial review. Postponed applicants have strong qualifications and show potential for success at UW-Stout; however, we would like to review first semester grades from their senior year or read recommendation letters before making an admission decision.
  • Denied: Students who are not competitive for admission to UW-Stout.

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