Preparing for college is one step, applying to a college is another.
- Take strong college preparatory classes in high school and get good grades; colleges require a minimum of 17 core academic units
- Get involved and/or volunteer in clubs/activities/sports you have a passion for as it will help you be a well-rounded applicant and assist with eligibility for scholarships
- Research careers & colleges based on interest/majors/programs. Use Xello to assist with your search.
- Take the ACT junior year
- Be sure to get at least 2 letters of recommendation by the end of your junior year for college admission and scholarships.
- Plan to apply to college(s) that offer the most of what is important to you: cost/location/majors
College Planning Resources:
- Gateway Student Specialist – Here to assist Bradford students in learning about Gateway programs and applying for admission. Click HERE to make an appointment.
- ACT– Most commonly used placement test used by colleges for admission and placement in classes at the college level. The SAT is another placement test sometimes required by elite/coastal colleges. Check individual college to determine preferred test and/or score.
- NCAA – Site to register if a student plans to play a sport in college. Click HERE to how.
- AP Courses that will transfer to UW Schools
Applying to College: Fall of Senior Year
- Complete and submit the following to college(s) you are considering:
- Application (often completed on-line)
- Application fee; A student can request a fee waiver from a Bradford counselor if they qualify for free/reduced lunch (submit by mail along with paper copy of official transcript)
- Supporting documents such as *transcript/letters of recommendation/**ACT or SAT scores
* A transcript without ACT/SAT scores can be sent electronically by making request thru Xello OR a paper copy of a transcript with ACT/SAT scores can be obtained in room 151 and mailed by the student
**ACT/SAT scores can be requested to be included with the paper copy of an official transcript OR a student can go on to official website of ACT/SAT and request directly for a fee
- Retake the ACT if higher score is needed for admission or scholarship opportunities
- Complete the FAFSA as early as October 1st of senior year
- Look for scholarships throughout senior year
- Contact college for their specific scholarships
- Search Bradford Scholarship site for state/local/national scholarships
- In the spring, make final decision on college
- Financial Aid/FAFSA – Government funding based on need; can apply as early as October 1 of Senior year. FAFSA Video
- Understanding Financial Aid Process
- UW Schools Admission Requirements
- UW Schools Tuition Cost Chart
- Scholarships – Funds based on various factors: need, community service, college, major, gpa etc. Need more help? Click HERE
- UW School Systems Admissions
- Wisconsin Private College Admissions
- Wisconsin Technical College Admissions