University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 95%.

Considering applying to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Why UW-Milwaukee?

  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Campus Features: UWM's 104-acre campus is home to five large residence halls and a 259,769 square foot exercise center. Lake Michigan is just blocks away, as are over a hundred miles of bike paths.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:1
  • Athletics: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League.
  • Highlights: Students at UWM can choose from 195 academic programs and over 300 student organizations.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee had an acceptance rate of 95%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 95 students were admitted, making UW-Milwaukee's admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 8,946
Percent Admitted 95%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 41%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 7% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 520 620
Math 510 620
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UW-Milwaukee's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee scored between 520 and 620, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 620, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 620. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UW-Milwaukee.

Requirements

UW-Milwaukee does not require the optional SAT essay section, but will consider the score if submitted. Note that UWM encourages students to submit all scores. UW-Milwaukee will consider composite scores as well as individual sub-scores related to your intended major.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 92% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 18 24
Math 18 25
Composite 19 24

This admissions data tells us that most of UW-Milwaukee's admitted students fall within the bottom 46% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UW-Milwaukee received a composite ACT score between 19 and 24, while 25% scored above 24 and 25% scored below 19.

Requirements

UW-Milwaukee does not require the optional ACT, but will consider the score if submitted. Note that UWM encourages students to submit all scores. UW-Milwaukee will consider composite scores as well as individual sub-scores related to your intended major.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's incoming freshmen class was 3.16. This data suggests that most successful applicants to UW-Milwaukee have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.  Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which accepts 95% of applicants, has a somewhat less selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind that UW-Milwaukee has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can a rigorous course schedule. The university looks for applicants with four credits of English; three credits of math, natural science, and history or social science; and four elective credits which may include foreign language, fine arts, or computer science. The strongest applicants will have challenged themselves academically in high school, and success in AP, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment classes is one of the best ways to demonstrate college readiness. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside UW-Milwaukee's average range.

The blue and green dots in the graph above represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of admitted applicants had grades in the "B" range or higher and ACT scores of 17 or better. Some students were admitted with lower grades and test scores.

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