University of Wisconsin-Parkside Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of University of Wisconsin-Parkside

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is situated in Somers, a town in the southeastern corner of Wisconsin. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are backed by a 19 to 1  student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. The UW-Parkside Rangers play in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference; the university is the only NCAA Division II member in Wisconsin.


  • Total Enrollment: 4,325 (4,090 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male/53% Female
  • 79% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,649 (in-state); $15,638 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $700
  • Room and Board: $8,026
  • Other Expenses: $4,038
  • Total Cost: $20,413 (in-state); $28,402 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 79%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 56%
    • Loans: 55%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,874
    • Loans: $6,391

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 17%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 38%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of University of Wisconsin – Parkside Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. This institution has a robust admissions process that involves a multitude of academic measures. Applicants must complete an online application. A persuasive essay and glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data

  • UW Parkside Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 500/580
    • SAT Math: 510/580
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 18/23
    • ACT English: 17/23
    • ACT Math: 16/23
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for UW Parkside, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If UW Parkside is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for UW Parkside, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Old Dominion University, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than UW Parkside. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Alabama, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to UW Parkside

Application Deadline: Rolling

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