University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 74%.

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: 18:1
  • 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 2017-18 admissions cycle, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee had an acceptance rate of 72%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 72 students were admitted, making UW-Milwaukee's admissions process somewhat competitive.

SAT and ACT Scores and Requirements

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 92% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. Note that UW-Milwaukee does not provide data about admitted students SAT scores.

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

This admissions data tells us that most of UW-Milwaukee's admitted students fall within the bottom 54% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UW-Milwaukee received a composite ACT score between 19 and 25, while 25% scored above 25 and 25% scored below 19.


UW-Milwaukee does not require the optional writing section for either the SAT or the ACT, but will consider the writing section 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.


In 2018, the average high school GPA of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's incoming freshmen class was 3.2. 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 fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat 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 sores 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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