First steps to College

Where do I start? What do I do first?

Below you will find resource links, information on over 100 schools and all you need to apply. First steps are:

  • Research schools-what are you looking for in a school: major, size, location, price etc.
  • Apply-complete application, take your time, spell check, ask for help!
  • Send transcripts ( see link below).
  • Send ACT scores (ACT see link below).
  • Letters of Recommendation (ask your teachers now)
  • Essay questions (below you will find links on how to write a great essay).
  • Scholarships at each school.
  • NCAA-if you're planning to be a student/athlete at a Division 1 or Division 2 School, you will need to complete the NCAA Clearinghouse process.Helpful article
How to pay for college?

Resources to help figure out how to pay for college.

What Comes Next?

Once you have been accepted to a college, completed financial aid, submitted housing info, what comes next?

Direct Links to college websites listed below

Lists organized by:

UW Systems

UW System two year Universities

Wisconsin Private Colleges

Four year colleges across the Nation

Wisconsin Technical Schools

UW System schools

Out of State Four Year Colleges

Other Colleges and Universities

Technical Schools in Wisconsin

Big Future

College search, paying for college and more.

College Greenlight

We connect first generation and underrepresented students to caring colleges, generous scholarships, and life-changing counselors and mentors.

College of Distinction

Resource for finding a college of university.