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EOP Students

At the time of acceptance of admission to the UW, the Office of Admissions identifies and refers eligible students to the EOP program. Criteria for eligibility are family income and resources, level of parental education, and social or environmental barriers, all of which may have impacted students' academic experiences. A team of multi-ethnic EOP advisers provides academic advising, career counseling, and advice on financial aid, housing, and personal issues.

New and continuing students may also apply to become EOP "affiliates" by documenting educational, economic, or social barriers that have affected their academic performance or success. Affiliates are eligible for all EOP services.


EOP students are encouraged to take the Universal Placement Test (UPT) for placement in English composition and math. The English portion of the UPT places students in ENGL 107 (formerly ENGL 103), 109-110 (formerly ENGL 104-105), or 131 (or any other freshman-level composition course).

  • ENGL 107 (formerly ENGL 103) is a 5-credit, CR/NC course in English as a second language. It covers reading comprehension, vocabulary, and expository writing. ENGL 107 counts toward the 180 credits required for graduation, but does not count toward the English composition requirement, additional writing, or Areas of Knowledge.
  • ENGL 109-110 (formerly ENGL 104-105) is a 10-credit graded sequence open only to students in the Educational Opportunity Program. Both courses must be taken, and credit for ENGL 109 is not granted until ENGL 110 is completed. The sequence emphasizes the development of expository writing and research writing skills. Most EOP students include ENGL 109-110 in their first year of University coursework. The sequence is not remedial. Its main purpose is to help EOP students develop writing skills necessary for success at the University and thereafter. The 10 credits counts toward the 180 credits required for graduation, but only 5 credits counts toward the English composition or additional writing requirement. The other 5 credits do not count toward English composition, additional writing, or Areas of Knowledge.
  • ENGL 131 is a 5-credit expository writing course open to all students. Students who place at this level may take ENGL 131 or any of the other introductory composition courses: ENGL 111, 121, 197, 198, 199, and C LIT 240.


The math portion of the Universal Placement Test (UPT) places students in MATH 100, 102, 103, 111, 120, or 124.

  • MATH 100, 102, 103 is an algebra series similar to the first three semesters of high school algebra. MATH 100 assumes no previous experience in algebra. Each 5-credit course counts toward the 180 credits required for graduation, but none of the courses count toward the Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning requirement or Areas of Knowledge.

Instructional Center

The Instructional Center, 1307 N.E. 40th Street, provides academic support for EOP students. In addition to drop-in tutoring, the Center offers study skills classes, test preparation classes, graduate exam preparation, and a computer lab for students.

The Instructional Center operates in autumn, winter, spring, and summer quarters. All services are free.

Bridge Programs

EOP Bridge Programs are intense three- and five-week programs for students admitted for autumn quarter under regular admission criteria but considered to be somewhat at academic risk. Participation in a Bridge Program is not optional; it is a condition of admission to the University. During Bridge, students take classes with UW professors, with college-level assignments and examinations. They also participate in workshops to improve in math, grammar, and communication skills. A major focus of Bridge is goal setting and strengthening affective behaviors. In 2004, there were 68 students in the Summer Bridge Program and 46 students in the Autumn Bridge Program.

Early Identification Program and McNair Program

The Early Identification Program and the McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, both housed in the Office of Minority Affairs, help prepare highly motivated undergraduate students who are low-income and first generation for graduate and professional school. The Early Identification Program advisers work with students on undergraduate research projects, graduate school applications, and scholarships. The McNair Program offers valuable research preparation for McNair Scholars by uniting students with faculty mentors, research conference participation, and funding research projects. The services of both offices are available to all students interested in graduate and professional programs, whether or not they are EOP students.

Postbaccalaureate Students

A postbaccalaureate ("fifth-year") student has already earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and is returning to college to complete additional undergraduate coursework. At the UW, postbaccalaureate students are usually pursuing a second baccalaureate degree, or completing coursework required for application to graduate school or a professional program such as medical school.


The postbaccalaureate applicant must submit official transcripts from all four-year colleges attended before receipt of the bachelor's degree, but does not have to submit high school or community college transcripts or test scores. Records of any community college, postbaccalaureate, or graduate coursework, although not required, might prove useful in gaining admission. A former UW student who first enrolled at the UW more than nine years ago must submit transcripts from schools attended prior to UW enrollment.

Postbaccalaureate admission is limited. When the applicant cannot demonstrate a need to matriculate at the UW beginning the quarter requested -- for instance, if s/he can complete the desired courses elsewhere -- the chance for admission will be less.

Application files are evaluated by the Postbaccalaureate Review Committee (PRC) with the following factors considered: overall GPA, GPA in coursework related to the intended area of study (high aptitude should be indicated), a statement of purpose demonstrating reasonable academic and professional plans, optional letters of recommendation (preferably from academicians), an explanation of the applicant's GPA if it is low, and transcripts from postbaccalaureate or graduate coursework.

All applicants must submit an academic plan, including courses required and an estimate of the number of quarters the student plans to attend the UW. An applicant whose goal is completion of a major with capacity-constrained admission must submit a letter of support from the department or be formally selected by the department. Such an endorsement, however, does not guarantee admission to the University.

Some UW programs have different admission criteria for postbaccalaureate students from those used for first-degree students. For information, contact the appropriate college or department.

International postbaccalaureate applicants file an international application, not a postbaccalaureate application, and must meet the international student deadlines.

Additional information and a printable postbaccalaureate application form are available at the Office of Admission's postbaccalaueate admission website.

Matriculation requirement

To earn a second bachelor's degree, the postbaccalaureate student must complete at least 45 UW credits as a matriculated student. If the student's first baccalaureate degree was earned at the UW, any credits from the first degree in excess of 180 may be counted toward these 45 credits -- regardless of the number of credits required for the first degree.

EXAMPLE: A student completes a UW degree in Biochemistry, which requires 196 credits rather than 180, with exactly 196 credits. The student then returns to complete a second degree in Microbiology. This student can use 16 credits from the first degree toward the minimum 45 credits required for the second degree. If the second degree is a program requiring more than 180 credits, the matriculation requirement is still 45 UW credits, and any excess credits from the first degree, if it was granted by the UW, may be applied. Again, more credits may be required to complete the required courses.

To earn two UW degrees (a double degree), a postbaccalaureate student must present at least 90 UW credits taken as a matriculated student. Again, if the student's initial baccalaureate degree was earned at the UW, excess credits from this degree may be counted.

For a list of courses that count toward this requirement see Types of Credit.

Residence requirement

The residence requirement for postbaccalaureate student is the same as that for first-degree students. To earn a second bachelor's degree, 45 of the final 60 credits of the degree program must be UW residence credits; up to 15 nonresidence credits are allowed in the final 60 credits. An additional 10 nonresidence credits in the final 60 credits are possible by petition. In all cases, the student must complete at least 45 total UW residence credits.

Students whose prior degree was earned at the UW

If the student's first degree was earned at the UW, the student must complete 45 additional UW residence credits to earn a second degree. The student is allowed to count toward the residence requirement of the second degree any "excess" credits from the first degree-any credits over the minimum number required for the first degree, usually 180. For a list of courses that count as residence credit see Types of Credit.

Major requirements

There is no requirement that any of the second degree's requirements be completed after the first degree is awarded. So it's conceivable that a student who has completed all, or virtually all, of his or her requirements as a part of the first degree might just have to take general electives in order to meet the residence requirement for the second degree. However, many departments require that a minimum number of credits in the major be completed at the UW, so if the student's first degree was not at the UW, s/he might have to fulfill this department requirement. If there is a question about overlap between the two majors, that is up to the department and should be the same policy that applies to students earning a double major or two simultaneous degrees.

Satisfactory progress

A postbaccalaureate student is expected to declare a major by the time s/he accumulates 30 UW credits past the first bachelor's degree. A student may consult an adviser about a possible extension. Extensions are usually granted if the student has a reasonable chance of being admitted to the major of choice, or if the student is making reasonable progress toward a non-degree goal such as application to a professional program. There is no code for "extended postbaccalaureate;" instead the student should be coded extended premajor, extended pre-engineering, etc.


Postbaccalaureate and nonmatriculated students who are enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered through 499) pay undergraduate tuition. Starting in autumn 2003, those who are enrolled in one or more graduate-level courses pay Tier III graduate level tuition for their entire course program for the quarter. See the Tuition Rates website for the tuition charges.


Postbaccalaureate students are not eligible to earn minors. If a postbaccalaureate student does complete the requirements of a minor, it won't be posted on the student's transcript.

Graduation requirements

High school deficiencies

High school records are not reviewed for postbaccalaureate applicants, and any outstanding core subject deficiencies do not have to be corrected.

Basic skills requirements

Postbaccalaureate students are exempt from the English composition, additional writing, quantitative/symbolic reasoning, and foreign language requirements.

Areas of Knowledge

In the College of Arts and Sciences, postbaccalaureate students must satisfy the Areas of Knowledge requirement. Often, Areas of Knowledge can be completely satisfied with courses from the first degree. Since the Office of Admissions does not prepare Transfer Evaluations for postbaccalaureate students, the adviser must read through the student's original transcripts and determine which courses meet the criteria for each Area. If the adviser is not sure how to evaluate a course, the student should be referred to the appropriate department or Undergraduate Advising.

In colleges other than Arts and Sciences, the college determines whether postbaccalaureate students must meet the Areas of Knowledge requirement.

Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory

A postbaccalaureate student may count a maximum of 25 UW credits earned on the Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory grading option toward a baccalaureate degree. If the student's first degree was earned at the UW, any S/NS credits in that degree are included in the 25-credit maximum.

High scholarship notations

Postbaccalaureate students are not eligible for high scholarship notations such as "Quarterly High Scholarship" and "Yearly Honors," or for baccalaureate honors.

The degree application

The DARS Postbaccalaureate graduation application includes only those requirements relevant to a postbaccalaurate degree. The audit does not monitor the 45 credit residency requirement, or the 2.0 minimum postbaccalaureate gpa requirement. A notice to this effect is included in the report. Because Admissions does not transfer credits for postbaccalaureate students, advisers must make DARS exceptions to apply credits from the previous degree. Please contact DARS at or visit the DARS site for assistance.

Since many postbaccalaureate students graduate with 45 credits, or only a few additional credits, advisers should be sure to check that the matriculation and residence requirements have been met, as described above. Watch out for credits taken as a nonmatriculated student, distance learning, and credits earned at another UW campus.

Student Athletes

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics provides academic advising, counseling, tutoring, and other academic support services to students competing in intercollegiate athletics. The National Collegiate Athletic Association and Intercollegiate Athletics subjects student athletes to specific rules that affect the student's continuation at the University. Any questions about student athletes should be directed to Student Athlete Academic Services.

Graduation Planning Sheet

The NCAA requires student athletes to make yearly, satisfactory progress towards their degree. To maintain eligibility for competition, each student athlete must obtain this certification by the beginning of the seventh quarter of enrollment. The student athlete must declare a major (or meet the guidelines for an intended major) and submit a planned program of study of 12 or more credits for each quarter of the next academic year. The student obtains a Graduation Planning Sheet from Student Athlete Academic Services and draws up the plan with his/her departmental adviser. Similar to a graduation application, the adviser must determine the remaining credits required for graduation in the major, general education requirements and electives. The student then returns the signed form to Student Athlete Academic Services.

New transfer students entering with four semesters or six quarters completed are considered to be starting their seventh quarter.

Admission to many UW majors requires completion of certain courses or a certain number of credits, and/or a minimum grade-point average, so the student athlete may not be able to declare the major by the seventh quarter. If not, s/he must still file a Graduation Planning Sheet, signed by the appropriate departmental adviser.

If there is little possibility that a student will be admitted to the major, the adviser should refuse to approve the Graduation Planning Sheet; the student will then have to pursue another program. If the student has a reasonable chance of admission, the adviser and the student together should plan a program of courses for the academic year. (NOTE: If the student will complete 105 credits before admission to the major, his/her major code must be changed to extended premajor.)

The student is responsible for seeing an adviser well in advance of the deadline. If the adviser does not sign the Graduation Planning Sheet, it may take considerable time for the student to decide on and get approval of an alternate major.

Student athlete special considerations

Minimum credits per quarter

To be eligible for practice and competition in a given quarter, a student athlete must be registered for 12 or more credits. If a student athlete wishes to drop a class after the first two weeks of the quarter, s/he should first talk to an adviser at Student Athlete Academic Services; student athletes must obtain the signatures of their Athletic Academic Adviser, their Head Coach as well as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and then drop the course in person at 225 Schmitz. To remain eligible for competition, a student athlete must complete 36 credits between seasons of competition, or average 12 credits per quarter for the number of quarters the student has attended the UW.


If possible, electives should be restricted to the 180 credits required for graduation, but some flexibility is permitted. Student athletes will be allowed to take extra electives if they are, in the adviser's opinion, not excessive. For example, student athletes are allowed extra electives if the remaining required courses conflict, or are not available in a given quarter, or if a program composed entirely of remaining required courses would be unusually demanding. Repeated classes are allowed only if necessary to meet minimum requirements.

Scheduling around the quarter of competition

Balancing the academic and athletic schedules of the student athlete is very important. Advisers should take into account the quarter of competition when planning the student's academic year, not because of practice, which happens year-round, but due to travel requirements. A student athlete on the basketball team, for example, should not be scheduled for a difficult chemistry class during winter quarter, because the student would probably have to miss some laboratories and exams. If there are conflicts that appear to be unresolvable, or if you have questions regarding travel and practice schedules, please contact Student Athlete Academic Services.

Reduced credits during final quarter

During their final quarter, student athletes are allowed to practice and compete while registered for as few as 2 credits provided those credits will satisfy their remaining degree requirements. Departmental academic advisers may be asked to certify that the student's current schedule will result in a degree being granted at the conclusion of the quarter.

Low scholarship policy

A special low-scholarship policy, in effect for student athletes who entered the UW in autumn 1990 or later, affects the eligibility for competition of student athletes who have been dropped and reinstated more than once. Upon the second (or later) reinstatement, the student will be ineligible for competition in intercollegiate athletics for the quarter in which the reinstatement is granted, and will remain ineligible until either a cumulative 2.00 GPA is achieved or the student achieves at least a 2.50 quarterly GPA at the UW for a program of at least 10 credits (or 6 credits during summer quarter).