UW Oshkosh Youth Options Program
UW Oshkosh takes part in the Youth Options Program (YOP), which was created by the State of Wisconsin Legislature. This program allows public school students in grades 11 and 12 to enroll in courses at institutions of higher education with fees and tuition for pre-approved courses paid by local school boards. YOP students attend college classes on campus, rather than on-site at their high schools.
To participate in the program at UW Oshkosh, a student must apply to both the local school board and apply to UW Oshkosh.
For more information on the state policy and regulations, visit the Youth Options website.
Applying to the Youth Options Program at UWO
- Talk with your high school counselor about your eligibility in February for fall term classes, or September for spring term classes.
- Complete the Department of Public Instruction Youth Options Program Plan and Report Form. (Also obtained from your high school counselor.)
- This form needs to be submitted to the local school board no later than March 1 for fall term classes or October 1 for spring term classes. UW Oshkosh does not need this form.
- Submit the following to UW Oshkosh:
- UW Oshkosh Youth Options Program Application (You must get the signature of your parent/guardian AND high school counselor/principal.)
- Your high school transcript
- Your ACT scores, if your GPA is under a 3.25 (unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale), and your class rank in the 2nd quarter of your graduating class.
Applicants must meet one of the following three criteria to be eligible for YOP:
- Have a 3.25 cumulative GPA (unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale) as indicated on the high school transcript.
- Rank in the top quarter of the graduating class as indicated on the high school transcript.
- Rank in the 2nd quarter of the graduating class and have a minimum ACT composite score of 24.
(If ACT scores are not evident on the transcript, the student must arrange to have the ACT scores reported to UW Oshkosh. NOTE: UW Oshkosh ACT school code number is 4674.)
Youth Options Courses and the Student’s Academic Record
It is up to the school counselors and students to make sure they are enrolled in courses approved by the school and sections that fit with their high school schedule. Our enrollment system will let students know if they are missing prerequisites, which will often be the required placement tests in English, math and foreign language.
NOTE: If you enroll in a course not approved by the school board, you will be responsible for fees, tuition and books, as well as any penalties for late payment.
Courses taken as a University YOP Student become part of the permanent University record and may affect subsequent admission to post-secondary institutions. Please be aware that a poor grade earned in a Youth Options course could have a negative impact on a future admission decision for a student.
Please visit this website for additional information.
Specific questions regarding this program may be directed to the UW Oshkosh Admissions Office at (920) 424-3164.
UW Oshkosh Admissions
800 Algoma Boulevard
135 Dempsey Hall
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Hours of Operation:
M-F 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.