If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater is 68%. For every 100 applicants, 68 are admitted.
This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools. If you exceed their requirements, you have an excellent chance of getting in. But if you don't, you might be one of the unlucky minority that gets a rejection letter.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater is 3.29.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.
With a GPA of 3.29, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater accepts below-average students. It's OK to be a B-average student, with some A's mixed in. It'd be best to avoid C's and D's, since application readers might doubt whether you can handle the stress of college academics.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.29, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1080 (Old: 1488)
The average SAT score composite at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater is a 1080 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1488.
This score makes University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Competitive for SAT test scores.
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 870, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1010. In other words, a 870 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1010 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1164, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1370. In other words, a 1164 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1370 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
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SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Sitting."
This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider the SAT score from your single highest test date (the sum of math, reading, and writing).
This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and University of Wisconsin - Whitewater only considers your highest score on a single test date, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit your strongest score. Your application readers will only see that one score.
Therefore, if your SAT score is currently below a 1488, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You don't have much to lose, and you can potentially raise your score and significantly boost your chances of getting in.
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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 23
The average ACT score at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater is 23. This score makes University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 20, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 25.
Even though University of Wisconsin - Whitewater likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 20 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 23 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 23.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and ACT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that University of Wisconsin - Whitewater requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.
Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Brown cab taxi service, bus service to Milwaukee Area on weekends (round-trip).
Driving Instructions to Campus
From Chicago: From I-90: I-90 West to Exit 171A (Janesville/Milton exit). Take Hwy 26 North to Milton. At stoplight, turn right onto Hwy 59 East to Whitewater. Turn left on Main Street, right on Prairie Street, and then left on Starin Road to Lot 7, (Average travel time: 130 minutes). From I-94: I-94 West to Hwy 50 West to lake Genova. Hwy 12 West to Whitewater. From Hwy 12: Hwy 12 West to Whitewater. From Hwy 14: Hwy 14 West to Hwy 89 North; then left onto Hwy 12 (Main St.) From Madison: Take I-90 East to Exit 163 (Milton/Edgerton exit). Hwy 59 East, then left onto County "N" to Whitewater. Left at Indian Mound Parkway, right onto Hwy 12 (Main St.). At stoplight in front of McDonald's, turn left onto Tratt Street, then right onto Starin Road to Lot 7. (Average travel time: 55 minutes). From Milwaukee: I-43 South. At East Troy, take Hwy 20 West. Hwy 12 West to Whitewater. Continue on Hwy 12 (Main St.). Turn right at the stoplight on Prairie Street, then left at the stop sign on Starin Road to Lot 7. Alternate routes include Hwy 59 West out of Waukesha. (Average travel time: 65 minutes)
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