New initiative allows MPS students a quick and free way to apply for UWM, MATC

UWM is part of a groundbreaking initiative that will allow Milwaukee Public School juniors to apply for college – for free – in less than five minutes.

The Milwaukee Direct Admit program is a collaboration among M3 (pronounced M-Cubed) partners MPS, Milwaukee Area Technical College and UWM. It creates a simple, stress-free process for MPS students to apply to either or both colleges and be guaranteed admission upon graduating from high school.

Joining UWM Chancellor Mark Mone are MATC President Vicki Martin (from left), Kalan Neely, MPS Superintendent Keith Posley, Rudolph Markell-Baker and Washington High School Principal Alex Kuxhause. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

Students will only need to provide their name, student ID and where they want to apply. No essays are required, nor do students have to manually send in transcripts. After completing their brief intent form, they’ll hear from UWM and/or MATC in about a month regarding next steps.

UWM Chancellor Mark Mone joined MATC President Vicki Martin and MPS Superintendent Keith Posley to announce the program at a Thursday morning news conference at Washington High School of Information Technology.

“We are all committed to increasing access to higher education and especially to those students who might not think of themselves as college material,” Mone said.

Opting in to the Milwaukee Direct Admit program does not commit students to attending UWM or MATC, and they still must accept their admissions offer to enroll. They’ll also be responsible for tuition and other costs to attend college.

“It feels like a weight is lifted off my shoulders,” said Jada Graves, a junior at Washington High School.

The deadline for students to opt in is June 14. For more information, visit the MPS Direct Admit webpage.

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