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I. Undergraduate Admission

UW welcomes all students to apply and will consider each student based on their individual academic achievement. Students may apply for admission up to one year before they intend to enroll online at Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis as soon as all application materials are received in the Admissions Office. To avoid delays and complications, all application materials should be on file in the Admissions Office at least 30 days before the beginning of the semester.

Required Admission Application Materials

  • Online application completed at
  • $40 non-refundable undergraduate application fee
  • Official high school and/or college transcripts
  • Official standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)

ACT or SAT results are required for new freshmen, applicants under 21 years in age, and used for admission, math placement, academic advising and academic scholarship consideration. High school students should take the ACT or SAT during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year.  To be considered official, scores need to be submitted to UW directly from the testing agency or on the high school transcript.  Writing sections in both the ACT and SAT are not considered as part of the admission requirements.

All official student transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office by the originating institution.  A final, official high school transcript indicating the graduation date is required post- graduation to complete admission requirements.  UW Admissions only accepts faxed transcripts from Wyoming community colleges.

Orientation: All new freshmen and transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend new student orientation prior to their first UW semester.  Sessions provide students with an opportunity to meet faculty and staff, plan an academic schedule, explore credit transfer, discuss college life, and register for courses.  Additional information on orientation is available at

A. New Freshmen

1. Assured Admission

To qualify for assured admission to the University of Wyoming, high school graduates who are first-time college students or college transfers with fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours, must meet the following minimum admission requirements and complete the pre-college curriculum (see section 2).

1a. High School Graduates: Cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or greater based on a 4.0 unweighted grading scale, and a minimum composite ACT test score of 21 or SAT score of  980 (math/critical reading combined).

1b. Graduates with less than 30 transferable college credit hours: Cumulative transferable college GPA must be at least 2.0; submit your high school transcript, ACT or SAT test score, and meet 1a.

1c. Home Schooled must meet the same requirements as high school graduates; submit transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores. Home schooled students must also submit a Home School Credit Evaluation Form completed by their instructor and available at

2. Completion of at least 19 high school units in the following pre-college curriculum (a unit=1 year):


Four units of English or their competency-based equivalents are required, of which at least three units must have a substantial writing component. Speech and other communication-based courses which contain “a substantial writing component”  may be used to meet this requirement.


Four units of mathematics or their competency-based equivalents are required, to include the concepts of a college preparatory Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry sequence. It is strongly recommended that Algebra II, Geometry or a higher level math course be taken during the senior year of high school.


Four units of science or their competency-based equivalents are required. At least one of the units must be from the physical sciences--physics, chemistry, or a college preparatory physical science course. The other two units may be from any combination of biological, life, physical or earth/space science.

Social Science

Three years of social studies or their competency-based equivalents are required, to include a combination of the following subject matter:  World History, American History, Geography, American Government; or Economic Systems and Institutions.

Foreign Language

Two sequenced years of the same foreign language.


Two units of additional coursework chosen from any of the following subjects: fine and performing arts, social and behavioral studies, humanities, additional foreign language, or career-technical course.

2. Admission With Support

Admission with support will be granted to first-time college students or students with fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours who do not qualify for admission above, but who satisfy the following requirements.

a.    Submit official ACT or SAT test scores.

b.    Graduates of state accredited high schools who have a cumulative unweighted high school grade point average of:

o     2.5-2.99


o    2.25-2.49 with a minimum composite ACT test score of 20 or SAT score of 960 (math/critical reading combined)

c.    Completion of the precollege curriculum with no more than two deficiencies.  In addition, no more than one deficiency can be in each of the precollege curriculum categories.

Terms of Admission With Support

Space in the Fall Bridge Program is limited; applicants admissible under this category are encouraged to apply early.  

Students admitted with support will be a part of the Fall Bridge Program and may access information at It is strongly recommended that students stay within 12-15 credit hours in their first semester. Students who wish to  go above 15 hours should contact the Fall Bridge Coordinator at 307-766-4322 or to discuss an exception.

Holistic Alternative Admissions Exception Process

Students who do not meet the qualifications for assured admission or admission with support may be evaluated for admission under the Holistic Alternative Admission process. Please see in the admission requirement section for more information.

B. Undergraduate Transfer Students

College transfer students with 30 or more transferable semester credit hours must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average for admission to UW. College students interested in transferring to UW should go online to

Applicants who have taken college-level course work and desire to transfer to the University of Wyoming should apply for admission and have one official transcript from each previously attended college or university sent directly to the Admissions Office. Course work from regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated by the Office of the Registrar.

Transfer students with less than 30 transferable semester hours must also have an official copy of their high school transcript sent directly to the Admissions Office by their former high school. Transfer students under age 21, who have less than 30 transferable credit hours, must also have their ACT or SAT results sent to the UW Admissions Office.

Admission Exception Process

College transfer students who do not meet the 2.0 grade point average requirement for admission to UW may initiate a request for admission by exception. Applicants should describe in writing the rationale for their specific exception request and send the request to the Admissions Office.

Students working toward a second bachelor’s degree are consid­ered undergraduate students and are subject to all undergraduate policies and regulations.

C. International Undergraduate Applicants

The University of Wyoming will admit international students who meet admission requirements.  Application deadlines are June 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester and April 1 for summer session.  The $40.00 undergraduate application fee must be received before the application will be processed.  

  1. Supply official, attested academic records and examination results.  The records should be sent directly to the Admissions Office by the school attended.  Applicants must also provide an English translation of all required academic records, and complete all applications and correspondence in English.
  2. Provide proof of satisfactory English ability if student’s native language is not English.  This can be done by providing official score reports from TOEFL or IELTS.  The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 525 (71 iBT) for most majors or a 550 (80 iBT) for Engineering.  The minimum acceptable IELTS score for most majors is 6.0 with a 6.5 required of prospective Engineering students.  Contact Admissions ( to inquire about other possible alternatives to the TOEFL and IELTS.
  3. Provide evidence of adequate financial resources to pay the total cost of their education.  The Confidential Financial Statement for undergraduate international applicants can be found online at
  4. Official ACT or SAT results are recommended, but not required for international applicants.
  5. Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and testing for tuberculosis are required prior to registration.

D. General Educational Development (GED) Certificate Holders

Undergraduate applicants with GED credentials should contact the University's Office of Admissions for specific application requirements.

E. Adult Nontraditional Students

Nontraditional admission requirements are:

  1. Minimum age of 25;
  2. Minimum of three years since last enrollment in college courses, except correspondence;
  3. Send official copy of high school transcript or GED scores and any college transcripts directly to the UW Admissions Office by the previous institutions.
  4. Students admitted under this policy are undeclared majors and will receive their initial academic advising from the Center for Advising and Career Services in 228 Knight Hall, (307) 766‑2398.
  5. Students considered for adult nontraditional admission must have had a 2.0 or higher grade point average in high school.
  6. Neither ACT nor SAT scores are required for students over 21.

F. High School Guest Students

High school seniors and juniors will be considered for admission to UW as high school guests. The following requirements must be met:

  1. Complete a UW High School Guest application;
  2. Have an official copy of the most recent high school transcript, showing an overall GPA of at least 3.0 sent directly to the Admissions Office;
  3. Submit a positive written recommendation from the high school counselor or principal;
  4. Submit available ACT or SAT scores.

If high school guest admission is granted, it is for one semester at a time. Subsequent enrollment requires the most recent transcript and new written permission from the high school. High school guests may take up to 6 credit hours per semester. Advising will be provided by the Advising, Career, and Exploratory Studies Center in 228 Knight Hall, (307) 766-2398.

G. Undergraduate Non-Degree Student

  1. Must complete and submit a Non-Degree Student application and pay a non-refundable $40.00 application fee.

  2. Transcripts and test scores are not required for non-degree status.

  3. Non-degree students may enroll in a maximum of 8 credit hours per semester (maximum of two courses). Only 12 credit hours taken in this status may be used towards a UW degree.

  4. Admission with non-degree status is not available to international students or students on suspension.

  5. Students admitted with non-degree status are assessed tuition and fees at the same tuition rate as degree-seeking students.

  6. Students admitted with non-degree status do not qualify to receive financial aid.

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