First-year admission is competitive and selective. Academic preparation and success are the primary considerations for admission, although nonacademic factors are also considered. Each application for admission is given a comprehensive review. Traditional first-year applicants are considered using the guidelines below.
The UW-Barron County realignment with UW-Eau Claire is not affecting the application process or admissions requirements for prospective students of either institution for the fall of 2018. If things do change, we will communicate those changes here as soon as we possibly can! Please see this page for more information as the realignment process moves ahead.
Ready to apply?
If you meet the admission criteria below and are ready to apply, start your UW System application here.
Admission criteria and application process
Please expand the accordions below to view criteria we look at for admission to UWEC (the units required, other academic factors and non-academic factors) and instructions on how to apply.
17 - Total Units
1 unit = 1 year of high school study or equivalent. These are minimum units; most applicants exceed them.
4 units - English
(at least 3 composition and literature)
3 units - mathematics
(algebra, geometry, advanced college prep mathematics such as algebra II or advanced algebra)
3 units - social science
(1 must be world or American history)
3 units - natural science
(lab sciences are encouraged; not required)
4 units - additional courses
(in any of the above areas as well as languages, art, music, speech, computer science or other academic areas)
In addition to a rigorous high school curriculum, other academic factors include:
- High school class rank
- Grade point average
- Trends in grades
- Test scores
- Senior year courses
- Course rigor
Secondary non-academic factors include:
- Community service
- Special achievements
- Diversity in personal background and experience
NOTE: Students who begin taking high school course work prior to high school (e.g, mathematics, foreign language in grade 8) are encouraged to continue rigorous course selection from core areas during grades 9-12. Applicants must present evidence of graduation from a recognized high school or equivalent certificate.
How to apply
Please submit the following:
- UW System application
- Pay $50 application fee online at time of application submission, or log back into your application to pay the fee.
- Official high school transcript (and official college transcripts, if applicable)
- An official ACT (writing portion not required) or equivalent SAT score report for all students under the age of 22. Please note that the test score listed on your transcript is not an official score report. To request an official ACT score, visit the ACT website; to request an official SAT score, visit the SAT website. (UW-Eau Claire's ACT code is 4670; SAT code is 1913)
Note: If you’re a military member, submit Joint Service Transcript or Transcript for Community College of the Air Force.
This information should be sent to:
UW-Eau Claire Admissions
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Applicants who apply prior to February 1 and meet college preparatory credit requirements may have an admission decision postponed. Those with postponed applications will be considered on a space-available basis and will be notified of a final decision no later than March 15.
Other types of students
Use these links to find admission guidelines and application information for transfer, international, graduate, and other student types.