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Admission Guidelines

Freshman admission criteria

Freshman admission is competitive and selective. Academic preparation and success are the primary considerations for admission, although nonacademic factors are also considered. Each application for admission is given a comprehensive review. Freshman applicants are considered using the following guidelines:

17 - Total Units
1 unit = 1 year of high school study or equivalent. These are minimum units; most applicants exceed them.
4 - English
at least 3 composition and literature
3 - Mathematics
algebra, geometry, advanced college preparatory mathematics (algebra II or advanced algebra)
3 - Social science
1 must be world or American history
3 - Natural science
lab sciences are encouraged however not required
4 - Additional course(s)
in any of the above areas as well as foreign language, art, music, speech, computer science or other academic areas

In addition to a rigorous high school curriculum, other academic factors include:

  • High school class rank
  • Grade-point average
  • Trends in grades
  • Test scores
  • Senior year courses
  • Course rigor

Secondary nonacademic factors may include:

  • Leadership
  • Community service
  • Special achievements
  • Diversity in personal background and experience

NOTE: Students who begin taking high school course work prior to high school (e.g, mathematics, foreign language in grade 8) are encouraged to continue rigorous course selection from core areas during grades 9-12. Applicants must present evidence of graduation from a recognized high school or equivalent certificate.

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Transfer student admission guidelines

  • If you have completed a year of coursework (approximately 30 transferrable credits) you will be considered for admission based on a review of your college records. Most admitted students have a GPA of 2.0 or greater.
  • If you have fewer than 30 transferrable credits you may be considered for admission based on a review of high school and college records.
  • Some majors may require a GPA higher than 2.0 for admission into the university, and you must meet or exceed the GPA for your intended major. Current majors with higher GPA are:
    • Elementary Education - 2.75
    • Health Care Administration - 2.75
    • Kinesiology & Athletic Training - 2.75
    • Nursing - 3.0
    • Secondary Education - 2.75
    • Social Work - 2.5
    • Special Education - 2.75

Please note that many programs have a competitive admission process and admission to the University does not guarantee admission to a specific major.

View the transfer application process

Graduate student admission guidelines

Admission guidelines vary for each graduate program so be sure to view specific program requirements. If you have any additional questions you can contact the Office of Graduate Studies

See graduate application process

International admission guidelines

If you have questions about applying to UW-Eau Claire contact the International student admissions counselor, Heather Pearson.

See international student application process

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