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The easy – and stress-free – path from MPS to college

Applying to a two-year or four-year college can seem complicated. But MPS, UWM and MATC have partnered to make the application and admission process simple and stress-free.

The Milwaukee Direct Admit program lets all MPS high school juniors apply – for free – to MATC and UWM with just one five-minute form. Students who apply and graduate from high school are guaranteed admission to either college.

The only information needed is the student’s name, their student ID and where they want to apply. After completing the form, students will hear from MATC and/or UWM in about a month regarding next steps.

Students are not committed to attending MATC or UWM, and still must accept their admissions offer to enroll. They’ll also be responsible for tuition and other costs to attend college.

Many financial aid options are available to students. That includes the $500 Smart Start scholarship program. It offers success coaching and programs to help with the transition to UWM or MATC.

For more information, answers to frequently asked questions, or to sign up for Direct Admit, visit It’s the easiest way to get started on a life-changing college degree.

Opt-in deadline: Friday, June 14

  • Applying through the Milwaukee Direct Admit program is absolutely free.
  • All MPS juniors can apply to UWM and MATC with just one 5-minute form. No essays required, and no other extra work, like manually sending in transcripts.
  • Students will receive an admissions offer by September that becomes official one they graduate high school.
  • Using Direct Admit does not commit students to attending either MATC or UWM. They still must accept their admissions offer and actually enroll.