The Office of Admissions collaborates with Universities of Wisconsin campus partners to provide centralized enrollment support for UW Flexible Option programs.
- Mission: Support student success by enrolling applicants in a timely manner
- Vision: Continuously enhance the student lifecycle experience in online learning
Office of Admissions Email: email@example.com
Registrar & Director of Admissions
UW Extended Campus – Admissions Office
780 Regent Street | Madison, WI 53715
Member of the Enrollment Services Team
Here you will find a summary of application requirements by program. See also How to Apply.
Associate Degree Programs
Associate of Arts & Sciences
Candidates for the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree must have a high school diploma, GED or High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). Students with transferable college credit should have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. Students below a 2.00 will be evaluated as part of our holistic admissions review. How to Apply.
Note: On the e-application, this program is called “Liberal Arts – Associate Program.”
Bachelor Degree Programs
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration must have earned at least 10 transferable college credits and have a transfer credit GPA of 2.00 or higher. How to Apply.
- Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered for our Associate of Arts & Sciences (AAS) degree program. Once you have met the minimum transferable credit requirements, you may request a program change or wait to transfer after the AAS degree is earned.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences: Diagnostic Imaging degree must have an Associate Degree in a related field (e.g. diagnostic imaging, medical sonography, radiography) OR a hospital-based diagnostic imaging training program. You must also have an electronic copy of an active ARRT, ARMRIT, ARDMS, or CCI registry card. How to Apply.
- Note to students applying to the Diagnostic Imaging program – It is not necessary for graduates of a hospital-based training program to acquire a transcript for admission. For associate-degree holders, transcripts are still needed for transfer-credit assessment.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences: Health Sciences degree must have an earned Associate Degree (for which a minimum of 60 credits will be awarded towards the Health Sciences degree) OR earned 60 transferable credits to UW-Milwaukee (for which equivalent course credit will be applied toward the Health Sciences degree after transcripts are reviewed). How to Apply.
The program prefers that candidates have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 from all prior accredited colleges and universities. Candidates with a total cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 are still considered for admission and are encouraged to apply. Please get in touch with an Enrollment Adviser for more information.
Information Science and Technology
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology (IST) must have earned at least 60 degree-applicable credits, at least one year of professional IT experience, and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 from all prior accredited colleges and universities. How to Apply.
Nursing (RN to BSN)
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must have:
- Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or undergraduate nursing diploma
- Active, unencumbered state RN license
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from prior coursework
- Work experience as a nurse
- Nursing diplomas are granted from in-hospital education programs (not from colleges).
- Prior college transcripts from which you may transfer credit must be accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation).
- While there are no on-campus requirements in this program, students must find their own clinical project and a qualified preceptor in their own workplace or another setting in their community for their capstone course. How to Apply.
To be considered for admission to the Business Analytics certificate program, you must have at least 3 credits of transferable college algebra. In addition, you must meet one of the following four requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree, or;
- Junior or senior standing in a bachelor’s program, or;
- Associate degree AND at least 2 years of business experience, or;
- At least 5 years of business experience, preferably at the mid-management level or at an entrepreneurial firm.
Students with transferable college credit should have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. How to apply.
Health Care Informatics
To be considered for admission, candidates must have a high school diploma, GED, or High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). Students with transferable college credit should have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
Students with transferable college credit should have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. How to Apply.
To be considered for admission to the Project Management Certificate Program, candidates must meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Junior or senior standing at UW-Parkside or another college/university
- An undergraduate degree
- Five years of business experience, preferably at mid-level management or above or at an entrepreneurial firm
- Associate degree and two years of business experience, preferably at mid-level management or above or at an entrepreneurial firm
Students with transferable college credit should have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. How to Apply.
Substance Use Disorders
Registrants should hold, or be actively working on, a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health or human services field (such as counseling, social work, psychology, criminal justice, nursing, or related fields). If you have extensive human services experience but lack a bachelor’s degree, call our advisers to discuss your options. How to Apply.
If you need to take an online course to fulfill a prerequisite, to supplement your studies in another degree program, or for personal enrichment, the UW Flexible Option offers nearly 150 online courses year-round. As a special student, you can complete your courses at a pace that works for you.
How to Apply
A. You will be considered for admission after completing the following action items:
- Apply for admissions at apply.wisconsin.edu (no application fee)
a) When enrolling for a degree or certificate program:
- Choose “Yes” for applying as a degree-seeking student.
- If you already have or will obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher, select “Bachelor’s Degree” (this applies to certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree seekers).
b) For those enrolling in a few courses as a special student, or pre-licensure nursing:
- Choose “No” for NOT applying as a degree-seeking student.
- Also, select “Undergraduate” for the type of classes you plan to take.
c) Campus drop-down menu options:
- If choosing UW-Milwaukee or UW-Parkside as the corresponding program, select the “UW Flexible Option”.
d) Social Security Numbers (SSN):
- While not mandatory for admissions, providing your SSN is necessary for financial aid.
- It ensures eligibility for for educational tax benefits on your federal tax return, if applicable.
2. Send official high school and college transcripts from each college or university attended
a) List all universities and colleges attended on your application.
b) Send transcripts to the UW Flexible Option Admissions Office. Refer to details on How to Order and Send Transcripts
c) Transcripts are unnecessary for Specials unless you are taking a course with a prerequisite.
B. Application Timeline for Degree-Seeking Students
1. You can apply up to five months before your preferred start date (refer to the Academic Calendar for important dates by term).
2. Ensure all application materials, including high school and college transcripts, are received by the first day of the month preceding your desired start date. For example, if you plan to start courses in September, submit all materials by August 1.
Sometimes, additional time may be needed for processing applications, depending on when transcripts are received. To ensure your desired start date is considered, please submit your application materials as early as possible.
3. All students must participate in an online orientation program:
- Orientation Part 1 is a self-paced online module integral to the admissions process. You must complete it during the application process. Once you’ve submitted your admission application, a link to the orientation module will be emailed to you.
- Orientation Part 2 is the second online module sent after your admission to a program. It is essential to complete Orientation Part 2 before your first meeting with your Success Coach (refer to Next Steps in the admissions process for additional details).
C. Special Student Admissions
- If enrolling as a special student, please review the application steps for specials.
UW Flexible Option is only admitting domestic students at this time
A domestic student includes U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Permanent Resident, or holds Refugee, Asylee, or Jay Treaty status. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or similar proof of English Proficiency. Additional options for demonstrating English Proficiency can be found in UW-Milwaukee’s Evidence of English Proficiency and UW-Parkside Proof of English Proficiency guidelines.
The admission review process for UW Flexible Option programs evaluates various factors, including high school record, the strength of previous college coursework, curriculum rigor, academic readiness, test scores, grade point average, academic goals, relevant work experience, and your potential for success.
Note: If you haven’t earned transferable credit in college algebra for a UW-Milwaukee degree program, you might be required to complete a math placement test within your initial four subscription periods of enrollment.
Deferring your Start Date
Applications remain valid for up to 1 year. If it has been over a year since your last enrollment, you must reapply for admission. For those who recently stopped out but were enrolled in a UW Flexible Option program within the last year, check returning student admissions for more information.
To change your desired start term, submit the the Term Change Form by the 1st of the month preceding your intended start date. For instance, if you plan to start in July, submit the form by June 1. Any inquiries can be directed to the UW Flexible Option Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? — Contact an Enrollment Adviser at email@example.com or call 608-800-6762.
Federal regulations mandate the provision of information about the institution and its operations to prospective and enrolled students, as well as other interested parties. It’s important to note that certain reported information may not be applicable to UW Flexible Option students.
Congratulations, you’ve been admitted to the UW Flexible Option!
Below are a few Next Steps after being admitted:
1. Activate your University Account and Email
Shortly after admission, you’ll receive an email from your home campus containing your campus ID number, username, and instructions for activating your university student account and email. If you encounter any issues with your account, feel free to reach out to Tech Support for assistance.
Activate your account promptly, as these systems are essential for bill payment, course registration, and monitoring your degree progress. Your university email serves as the primary communication channel for all program-related matters, so make sure to check it regularly.
UW-Milwaukee Account Activation Set-up
- Overview of Panther Account Activation
- PAWS Account Login page
- How to check UW-Milwaukee Email
- UWM students must sign-up for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to enhance account security. Enrollment in MGA is prompted by during your initial login to Office 365. See the following link for more information on MFA cybersecurity at UWM. In case of login issues, contact the UWM Help Desk at 414-229-4040 or visit uwm.edu/helpdesk.
- Remember to complete the UWM University Credit Agreement
- Account Resource Documents – PAWS KnowledgeBase
UW-Parkside Account Activation Set-up
- Overview of Solar Account Set-up and Password Management
- SOLAR Account Login page
- Upon activating your SOLAR account, it is crucial to promptly enroll in the DUO Device Management Portal. Access to SOLAR or RangerMail will not be possible until DUO enrollment is complete. See the following link for more information on DUO Two-Step Authentication. If you are having any difficulty enrolling in DUO, reach out to the Tech Bar at 262-595-2444.
- How to check UW-Parkside Email (RangerMail)
- Account Resource Documents Soar KnowledgeBase
If you have any trouble activating your account, contact your home campus help desk for assistance:
2. Complete Orientation Part 2
Within the week following admissions, ,you will receive a self-enrollment link and instructions for completing Part 2 of your Orientation via email from your Success Coach. Access Orientation, Part 2, is granted after activating your home campus student account.
Important: Utilize your home campus email credentials to complete Orientation in Canvas. Questions can be directed to: ASC@uwex.wisconsin.edu. Upon receiving the self-enrollment link from your Success Coach, refer to step-by-step instructions for accessing Orientation.
3. Transfer Credit Evaluations
Official transfer credit evaluations will occur within the first two weeks of your program admission. During the admission process, you were asked to submit official transcripts from each college or university attended (refer to details on How to Send Transcripts to the UW Flexible Option Admissions Office). Transfer credit must be from a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
- Note: Applicants to the Diagnostic Imaging program who were graduates of a hospital-based training program do not need to obtain their transcript for admission. However, transcripts are required for transfer-credit assessment for of associate-degree holders, .
You may review how your credit may transfer by using the following databases:
- UW-Parkside – Transferology
- UW-Milwauke – Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) or the Internal UWM Transfer Lookup*
*Students who attended UW-Milwaukee may use the Internal Transfer Lookup to assess how coursework from one undergraduate career (Associate Degree Programs, UW Flex Programs, Bachelor’s Degree Programs) will internally transfer to another. The UWM Registrar’s Office will officially determine results upon acceptance to the student’s desired program.
If you lack transferrable credit in college algebra to UW-Milwaukee, a math placement test will be required within your initial four subscription periods of enrollment.
4. Apply for Financial Aid
- If your program is eligible for financial aid, and you wish to apply, complete the online FAFSA.
- UW-Milwaukee school code is 003896
- UW-Parkside school code is 005015
- Refer to the financial aid section in Orientation 2 for more details. For any financial aid inquires, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-895-3276.Note – While providing the SSN is not mandatory for university admission, it is required for financial aid. This ensures eligibility for potential educational tax benefits on your federal tax return, if applicable.
5. Veteran Benefits
- If you, your parent, or your spouse is a veteran, you might qualify for veteran’s benefits.
- Refer to our website for more information or contact the respective offices:
- To allow for processing time, initiate the veteran’s benefits application process early, as it may take four or more weeks.
What if you Need to Change your Start Date
If you wish to change your desired start term, submit the Term Change Request form by the 25th day of the month before your intended start date. For example, for September enrollment, submit the form by August 25. Applications remain valid for up to 1 year. If it has been over a year since your last enrollment, you must reapply for admissions.
- If you decide to cancel your admissions, complete the Application Cancellation Form.
- If you have any questions, contact Admissions at email@example.com
Universities of Wisconsin have specific requirements for the number of credits to be completed “in residence” for degree or certificate attainment. “Resident credits” refer to those earned from the campus granting the degree or certificate. Transfer students are obligated to meet the residency requirements of their home campus. Details on these requirements can be found on the Curriculum home page of the chosen program.