Getting Started - A General Plan

  • Know yourself and your reasons for attending college

  • Consider college characteristics

  • List, compare, and visit colleges

  • Apply for admission and observe deadlines

  • Develop a plan to finance your education

  • Review and finalize your plans

Things to Consider when Choosing a College or Technical School

  • Program choice

  • Entrance difficulty

  • Location

  • Size

  • Cost

  • Student body

  • Parents’ opinion

What Colleges Look For when Reviewing Applicants

  • Class rank

  • Standardized test scores

  • Challenging curriculum

  • Attendance

  • Extra-curricular activities

  • Community involvement

  • Personal recommendations 

Below are additional websites you can check out to learn more about colleges and universities, military, apprenticeships and technical colleges.

Technical Colleges

Wisconsin Technical College System-

Western Technical College-

Madison Area Technical College-

Universities and Colleges

University of Wisconsin Schools:

Wisconsin Private Colleges:

University of Minnesota Schools:

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities:

Minnesota Private Colleges and Universities:

U.S. Colleges and Universities:

Resources for college bound students with a disability:

National College Search by filter/criteria:


Information on construction apprenticeships-

Tool, Die and Machining Association of Wisconsin-

American Mold Builders Association-

National Tooling and Machining Association, Milwaukee-

Madison Area Plumbing Contractors-

Military - This site provides information regarding the over 4100 jobs available in the military. Parent and student pages provide information regarding frequently asked questions. - what the recruiter never told you - Army - Navy - Air Force - Marines - Coast Guard - Wisconsin Air National Guard - Wisconsin Army National Guard

Postsecondary Information for Parents: parent guide