Preparing for College
Get a head start on your college experience! There’s a lot to learn and explore. Take a look at campus events and programs, get familiar with collegiate academics, and find resources to help you take advantage of all that UW campuses have to offer you.
Get on Campus
- Precollege Programs and Summer Camps
Find a wide variety of on-campus programs for grades Pre K–12 with topics ranging from academics to sports to drama. Scholarships are available for many programs.
- Campus Tours
Each of the UW System campuses offers tours. Visit one or more to see what college is like.
Focus on Credits
- College Preparatory Course Requirements
See the types of high school courses that UW System campuses require for admission.
- Earning College Credit in High School
Learn how high school students can earn college credit for UW System campuses.
- Advanced Placement
See how UW System campuses award credit for AP courses completed.
- International Baccalaureate
See how UW System campuses award credit for IB course completed.
Search for academic programs offered throughout the UW System.
- Youth Apprenticeship
See how UW System campuses award high school credit for Youth Apprenticeship programs.
Project Lead the Way
See UW System campus information about recognizing Project Lead the Way courses
Think about Money
- Saving for College
Get an idea about college costs and about how to begin saving for college.
- Financial aid
Learn about money available and how to apply.
- College Goal Wisconsin
Meet face to face with professionals to get assistance when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Events happen statewide each February.
Use this interactive Web site to learn the steps to prepare for college.
- Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs
WEOP provides services for middle school students preparing for college.
- TRIO Programs
Find programs for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income students, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities.
- Wisconsin Education Fairs
Meet representatives from a variety of universities, colleges, and trade schools.
- Services for Students with Special Needs
All of the UW System campuses provide a variety of services for students with special needs.
- UW System Multicultural/Disadvantaged Students
View contact information for individuals that advise prospective and continuing students about campus resources.
- Wisconsin Covenant
Now that you've signed the Wisconsin Covenant pledge, set out to fulfill it and earn grant money for college.
- Gearing Up for College (.PDF)
Find helpful information for middle school students in an easy-to-read format.
- Gearing Up for College in Spanish (.PDF)
Find helpful information in Spanish for middle school students in an easy-to-read format.