Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

  1. How do I complete the application process?
  2. What documents do I need to complete the process and where do I send them?
  3. What makes the transcript official?
  4. How much is the application fee?
  5. How can I pay the application fee?
  6. How do I make changes to my application after it has been submitted?
  7. How long will it take to process my application?
  8. Do I need to provide test scores?
  9. Do I need to provide letters of recommendation?
  10. What is the application deadline?
  11. When will I receive an admission decision?
  12. I don't want to use the online application.  Where can I obtain a paper application?
  13. How will I know if my application is complete?
  14. How do I obtain my user name and password?
  15. How will I know if my application payment has been received?
  16. How do I cancel a submitted application?
  17. I haven't submitted my application yet.  How do I change the major or term I selected?  How do I change any of the answers I chose in the application selector (first eight questions of the application)?
  18. What if the information I need to enter is too long for the space provided?
  19. Why do I need to include information about my parents if I am an older or non-traditional student?
  20. How do I apply as a non-degree seeking student?
  21. Do I have to fill out the entire application to take just one class at a UW campus?
  22. I noticed that the formatting of my statements didn't stay as I intended.  Should I worry about that?
  23. When will future terms be available to select for various campuses?

  1. How do I complete the application process?

    Students should complete the application (either electronic or paper) and submit the application fee.  Some campuses may charge additional fees and those fees will be indicated on the Application Completion Instruction Sheet.

    Flexible Option: Students must complete the online/electronic application.

  2. What Documents do I need to complete the process and where do I send them?

    Students are required to submit the application (either electronic or paper), application fee if required, and all other materials indicated on the application completion sheet.

    Flexible Option: Students must complete the online/electronic application.

  3. What makes the transcript official?

    Transcripts are official if they are printed in the college/university office, on the college/university transcript paper with the college/university seal embossed on the transcript.  Transcripts are then given to the student or sent to a campus enclosed in a sealed envelope.

  4. How much is the application fee?

    The application fee, if required, varies with application type.  The cost of the application fee will be indicated on the completion sheet.

  5. How can I pay the application fee?

    The application fee can be paid online using a credit card after the electronic application is submitted following the instructions on the Application Completion Instruction Sheet.  If a paper application is used, the application fee can be sent with the application.  If you already submitted your electronic application and didn’t pay at the time, you can return to the home page and click on the "Pay Now" button next to the application.  If you pay the application fee using a check or money order, your paid status will continue to display as "Pay Now."

  6. How do I make changes to my application after it has been submitted?

    Changes to your application may be sent via e-mail or U.S. mail to the admissions office of the campus to which you applied.  Do NOT submit another application.

    Flexible Option: If you are a Flexible Option student, any changes you wish made to your application should be sent via email to admissions@uwex.edu, or in writing to UW Flexible Option, University of Wisconsin-Extension, 5602 Research Park Blvd. Suite #303, Madison, WI 53719. We will be happy to make the changes you have requested.

  7. How long will it take to process my application?

    The processing time varies between campuses and application type.  Campuses will begin processing applications soon after they are complete and may take between one and eight weeks to receive an admission decision.

    Flexible Option: We recommend allowing up to 5 business days from the time your admission file is complete.

  8. Do I need to provide test scores?

    The University of Wisconsin System requires submission of ACT or SAT scores for all incoming freshman.  As a transfer or returning student, typically ACT or SAT scores are not required if the applicant meets the minimum number of transferable credits required for transfer students at the desired institution.  For other application types, if a standardized test is required, the Application Completion Instruction Sheet will indicate which test score(s) need to be submitted.

    Flexible Option: Test scores are typically not required for reentry students, transfer applicants with 12 or more transferrable credits, or for students over the age of 21. If test scores are available, even if not required, it is suggested that you submit them as it may strengthen your academic portfolio.

  9. Do I need to provide letters of recommendation??

    Letters of recommendation may be encouraged or required as a part of the admission process.  Check campus admission web pages for more information about letters of recommendation.

    Flexible Option: Letters of recommendation are generally not necessary.

  10. What is the application deadline?

    Application deadlines vary from campus to campus and also within programs.  It is important to review the information provided on campus websites addressing program deadlines.

    Flexible Option: For full admission consideration, all required items must be received by the end of the first day of the month preceding the subscription period in which you intend to enroll (i.e., for enrollment in May, your file must be complete by the end of the day, April 1).

  11. When will I receive an admission decision?

    Application processing times vary from campus to campus.  All UW campuses use what is called "rolling admission" for undergraduate applications.  This means after all required items are received and the application file is considered complete, it will be reviewed and evaluated for an admission decision.  Graduate application processing times vary from campus to campus and also within graduate programs.  Depending on the time of year, typically a special student application is processed in one to four weeks.

    Flexible Option: We recommend allowing up to 5 business days from the time your admission file is complete.

  12. I don't want to use the online application.  Where can I obtain a paper application?

    A printable version of the UW System undergraduate application for admission can be downloaded, or contact the UW HELP office at 1-800-442-6459, via 711 Relay or uwhelp@learn.uwsa.edu to request an application.  If available, paper applications for other application types can be requested from the admissions office at the campus to which are you are applying.

    Flexible Option: The online application form is required of Flexible Option candidates.

  13. How will I know if my application is complete?

    After you submit an application, be attentive to mail received (electronically or by U.S. mail) to ensure that you are aware of the status of your application file in the admissions office.  Confirmations and communication identifying items missing or received might be sent electronically or by U.S. mail.  Some UW campuses will supply you with a PIN and/or password to access a campus website where you can monitor the progress of your application.

  14. How do I obtain my user name and password?

    If you have registered as a user at the application website and cannot remember your login ID or password, use the links provided ("I can't remember my password" or "I can't remember my login ID") to receive the needed information.  For assistance, contact UW HELP at 800-442-6459 or uwhelp@learn.uwsa.edu

  15. How will I know if my application payment has been received??

    The option to pay the nonrefundable application fee by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) will be available immediately following submission of your application.  If you select this option, you will be transferred to a secure e-commerce server to provide credit card information and complete the transaction online.  After submission of the application, you can return to the application website to pay the application fee using a credit card at a later date.  Applicants can log back into their applications and view previously submitted applications.  If the application fee payment has not been made, the pay status will indicate "Pay Now" (even if not required for your application).  If the application fee has been paid electronically, the paid status will show "Paid".  If the application fee has been paid using a check or money order, the paid status will continue to indicate "Pay Now".  Contact the admissions office of the campus to which you applied to verify receipt of a check or money order that has been mailed.

    Flexible Option: Contact the Office of Student Success at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, 1-877-895-3276 or by email at admissions@uwex.edu.

  16. How do I cancel a submitted application?

    Contact the admissions office of the campus to which you submitted your application to cancel a submitted application.

    Flexible Option: Contact the Office of Student Success at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, 1-877-895-3276 or by email at admissions@uwex.edu.

  17. I haven't submitted my application yet.  How do I change the major or term I selected?  How do I change any of the answers I chose in the application selector (first eight questions of the application)?

    In the upper right corner of any section of your application, you will find a "Start Over (Retain Data)" link.  Click it, and then click on the "Create a new application" link from the left navigation bar on the home page.  You will answer the first eight questions of the application again.  After you change your answers and "commit" after reviewing your application selector responses, the answers to the rest of your application will be populated with the responses you previously created.

  18. What if the information I need to enter is too long for the space provided?

    You are limited to the space provided.  However, if there is additional information you would like the admissions office to be aware of, be sure to mention it in the statement section if provided in the application or send an email to the admissions office of the campus to which you applied and provide the information.

    Flexible Option: Additional information can be sent to the Office of Student Success at admissions@uwex.edu.

  19. Why do I need to include information about my parents if I am an older or non-traditional student?

    This application is used by all applicants with varying circumstances.  The admissions offices may use parent information in determining residency status.

  20. How do I apply as a non-degree seeking student?

    Most UW System campuses use the electronic application for admission for special (non-degree seeking) students.  Applicants should select carefully their responses to the questions in the application selector (initial eight questions of the application).

    Flexible Option: Note that students may only apply as degree seeking to a Flexible Option degree or certificate program.

  21. Do I have to fill out the entire application to take just one class at a UW campus?

    Applicants should complete the entire application for admission.

    Flexible Option: Students will complete the entire Flex application, regardless of whether the student will be enrolling in the One Competency Set model or the 'All You Can Learn' model.

  22. I noticed that the formatting of my statements didn't stay as I intended.  Should I worry about that?

    Yes, some of the formatting does change.  The campus will receive the information as it appears in your application.  It’s important that statements are legible and spelling/grammar is correct.  Rather than indenting at the beginning of a new paragraph, it is suggested that blank lines are used to separate paragraphs.

  23. When will future terms be available to select for various campuses?

    Each campus in the UW System selects the dates their applications are available.  You may contact UW HELP (uwhelp@learn.uwsa.edu or 800-442-6459) with questions about term dates.