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We welcome all students to apply and will consider each student based on their individual academic achievement. Be sure and submit your one-time nonrefundable $40 application fee, official high school transcripts sent directly from your school, and official ACT or SAT test scores for admission consideration. However, in support of the land-grant ideals, we welcome Holistic Admissions at the University of Wyoming. UW President Sternberg explains, " a land-grant institution, we are most interested not in input credentials at the time of entrance, but rather in the value UW can add through the educational experience the university provides.” 



If you're a high school senior or graduate and new first-year student, or have fewer than 30 transferable semester college credit hours, you'll need:

  • A cumulative, unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • A minimum composite ACT score of 21 or SAT score of 980 (math/critical reasoning combined)

  • Completion of the success curriculum while attending high school


Admission with support is available to you if you are a high school senior or graduate and satisfy the following:
  • Submitted official ACT or SAT test scores
  • A cumulative, unweighted high school GPA of:
    • 2.5 - 2.99  -Or-
    • 2.25 - 2.49 and a minimum composite ACT score of 20 or SAT score of 960 (math/critical reasoning combined)
Completion of the success curriculum with no more than two deficiencies. Both deficiencies cannot occur in the same curriculum category.
To foster academic success, students admitted with support participate in UW's nationally recognized Synergy program or other academic transition programs. Visit for additional details.

Home School Students

UW welcomes qualified home school students!
  • Home school students must meet the same requirements as other high school graduates.

  • The home school instructor should complete the Home School Credit Evaluation Form and send it to the Admissions Office.

4 years English

4 years Math*

To include a college preparatory Algebra I, Algebra II, and geometry sequence.   

4 years Science

One year must be from the physical sciences: physics, chemistry, or a college preparatory physical science course. Remaining years may be a combination of biological, life, physical, or earth/space science courses.  

    3 years Social Science

    2 years of same Foreign Language*    

    2 years Additional Coursework

    Chosen from fine and performing arts, social and behavioral studies, humanities, additional foreign language, or career-technical courses.

    * Some math and foreign language requirements may be met in grades 7 and 8. If coursework is not indicated on your high school transcript, please submit an official junior high school transcript.

    General Education Development (GED) Certificate Holders

    UW welcomes students with GED credentials! 

    • Applicants must have an average score of at least 550 on the GED test with no individual score below 500.
    • Applicants less than 21 years old must submit ACT or SAT results to the Admissions Office.
    • Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age or his or her high school class must have graduated.

    We also realize there may be special cases or unusual circumstances. Therefore, you may be considered for admission by exception. If you have any questions about our admission process or criteria, contact the UW Admissions Office.

Equal Opportunity 

Persons seeking admission, employment, or access to programs of the University of Wyoming shall be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or political belief. 

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