College Information

College Planning

It is very important to get ahead on steps that can better prepare you for college. Below is a link that takes you to checklists that you should be focusing on during your freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school.

College Entrance Exams/Testing

Most colleges and universities require admissions test for students seeking admission. 

The ACT test is one college entrance test that is required by many colleges. This test consists of four multiple choice test areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. There is also an option writing test which is required by two schools in Wisconsin: UW Madison and Marquette University. The cost of the ACT exam is $46.00 and the ACT with the writing test is $62.50

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The SAT Reasoning Test is a college admissions test that students may take. Many schools will accept both the ACT and SAT for admissions. There is a writing component that is part of the SAT exam; it is not an optional test like it is for the ACT exam. The cost of the SAT Reasoning test is $46.00 and the SAT with writing is $62.50.

College Information

UW System Electronic Application

  • Cost is $50 per school
  • UW Madison application cost - $60
  • Applications are accepted starting September 1
  • Notify counselor that transcripts need to be sent
  • Make sure your ACT or SAT scores were sent to the college admissions office
  • Apply early - priority dates will be different for every school 

UW System Homepage Provides you with information about the University of Wisconsin system and the 13 Freshmen Sophomore university colleges.

Wisconsin Private Colleges This link will help you find more information about Wisconsin private colleges and how you can apply online.

Wisconsin Technical Colleges

  • Cost is $30 per school

  • Apply online or by paper application.

  • Applications can be completed after the students complete their junior year in high school

  • Submit official transcripts with your application

  • Schedule to take the ACCUPLACER test or other placement test.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Search for more information about the many state colleges in Minnesota. Students planning to attend a Minnesota state college should apply for reciprocity, a tuition agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota.

  • Click here to access an application for reciprocity.

Minnesota Private Colleges This web site Provides you with an overview and information on the private colleges located in Minnesota.