College Preparation

Counselors support students as they begin their journey of career development. Utilizing the career software WisCareers, students focus primarily on “Who Am I” in order to gain a better understanding of their strengths, personality, and interests. Connections between self-awareness and career awareness are made so as to allow students to eventually make educated decisions on their future career paths.

What College Options Exist?

There are many types of colleges available to fit the many needs of students while meeting the degree requirements for specific jobs. See the chart below for types and course requirements for admissions.

Type of College

Examples

Degrees Available and estimated time for a full-time student

High School Course Recommendations

Technical/

Vocational  College

WCTC, MATC

Technical diploma (1-2 years)

Associates Degree (2 years)

English                                  4.0 credits

Math                                     3.0 credits

Science                                  3.0 credits

Social Studies                       3.0 credits

Computer Science               0.5 credits

Vocational Education         2-4 credits

Career and Work                 0.5 credits

Community College

UW-Waukesha

Attend for 2 years to complete basic studies, with intention to transfer to a 4-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

English                                   4.5 credits

Math                                      3.0 credits

Science                                  3.0 credits

Social Studies                       3.0 credits

World Language                  2.0 credits

College bound elective       2.0 credits

Standard College or University

UW–Milwaukee

UW-LaCrosse

UW-EauClaire

UW-Whitewater

UW-Green Bay

UW-Parkside

Bachelor’s Degree (about 4 years)

English                                   4.5 credits

Math                                      3.0 credits

Science                                   3.0 credits

Social Studies                        3.0 credits

World Language                   2.0 credits

College bound elective        2.0 credits

Competitive College or University

UW-Madison

Marquette University

University of MN

 

 

Bachelor’s Degree (about 4 years)

English                                    4.5 credits

Math                                       4.0 credits

Science                                   4.0 credits

Social Studies                        4.0 credits

World Language                   3+  credits

Academic or visual/

Performing art elective       2.0 credits

Once a student earns a bachelor’s degree, it is an option to pursue a higher degree such as a Master’s Degree or a Doctorate level degree.  

What Can I Do In Middle School?

WHAT CAN I DO IN MIDDLE SCHOOL TO BEST PREPARE FOR MY FUTURE? 


Although college may seem far away, current experiences and decisions can directly impact the options you have in your future. The following is a list of options to start preparing for college today. 

  • Establish a strong study routine, earn good grades, and strengthen your knowledge and skills in your core classes.
  • Explore your interests, develop your talents, and try new things. 
  • Participate in extracurricular activities and community service. 
  • Choose classes that challenge you. 
  • Do well on classroom and standardized assessments. 
  • Start exploring ways to pay for college.

What Do Colleges Look For?

Admission requirements vary from college to college. However, all colleges agree that the following factors are good indicators of college success.
 

1.The courses you take (are you challenging yourself?) 
2.The grades you earn (GPA and/or rank in class)
3. ACT/SAT (college entrance exams) Scores
4. Your learning environment
5. Your personal talents (artistic, musical, athletic, etc.)
6. A Personal Statement (essay)
7. Extracurricular Activities
8. Community Service
9. Recommendations (from teachers/coaches)

How Will I Pay For College?

HOW WILL I PAY FOR COLLEGE?

Start saving today!! Financial institutions provide many opportunities to wisely set aside money now to pay for future college expenses.

Visit http://www.wellsfargoadvantagefunds.com/wfweb/wf/ev/index.jsp to learn about Edvest.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are an effective way to reduce the cost of college. One of the best ways to learn how to write a successful scholarship application is to start early. There aren’t a lot of scholarships available to middle level students. However, this list will link you to websites that provide middle level opportunities for scholarship. (Ctrl + Click on blue title to follow the link).

Middle School Scholarships

This doesn't, of course, mean that the number of scholarships available for middle school students is high. In fact, there are much fewer scholarships ...
www.highscholarships.com/middle-school-scholarships.html

Scholarships for Children Under Age 13

This list is devoted to college scholarships that can be won by elementary and middle school students. Some of the scholarships listed below are also ...
www.finaid.org/scholarships/age13.phtml

Scholarships for Middle and High School Students

We know funding for education below college is tough, but many families would prefer to put their kids in private schools or offer them other options that ...
www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/8-12.htm

Scholarship Search

The following words are frequently used in finding scholarships: ... You can also browse the entire scholarship list one at a time if you would like to. ...
www.aie.org/scholarships/

About Scholarships for Middle School Students | eHow.com

About Scholarships for Middle School Students. Scholarships for middle school students can be difficult to find for a couple of reasons.
www.ehow.com

Art and Writing Scholarships for Middle / High School Students

Art and Writing Scholarships for Middle / High School Students. Scholarship 45 The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Sponsor: Alliance for Young Artists ..

INFORMATION AND TIPS FOR WRITING SCHOLARSHIPS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

College Scholarships in Middle School | Scholastic.com

Article discussing the benefits and ways to find middle school scholarships

www.scholastic.com/.../article/college-scholarship...

City of College Dreams | Awaken Your Future

Ever wonder why some scholarship seekers score big while other applicants fall flat? Ben Kaplan shows you precisely what makes a great scholarship.

www.cityofcollegedreams.org/

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

Financial Aid through the federal government is also a possible method for funding college expenses. Grants and loans are based on need (family income) and can significantly decrease the cost of college.

FAFSA Website