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MPS seniors are recruited by top colleges

Taking a letter home from school to parents isn’t always a pleasant task—unless it’s a college acceptance letter! This fall, many MPS high school seniors have received on-the-spot acceptance letters from visiting college recruiters.


Twenty MPS high schools have College and Career Centers where trained staff offer students assistance with college selection, applications, scholarships, and financial aid. Each of these schools has hosted multiple college recruiters so students can hear about as many options as possible. Visitors have included Brown, Dartmouth, Emory, Ponoma State, Stanford University, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, and Yale. College representatives have shared information about admissions, programs, campus life, financial aid, and more.


Eleven MPS high schools—Bay View, Bradley Tech, Golda Meir, MacDowell Montessori, Marshall, Milwaukee School of Languages, Riverside, Reagan, Rufus King, South Division, and Washington—have hosted college recruiters from across the country offering on-the-spot acceptance letters to students. These visiting institutions have included Marian University, Marquette University, Mount Mary, Philander Smith, UW–Milwaukee, UW–Parkside, and UW–Stevens Point, with more being added to the list every week.


Students Madison Moore and Keena Matthews proudly shared their letters from Mount Mary and revealed that they had both received multiple letters from visiting universities. “My parents are so proud—they are getting more excited every day,” said Madison.


“I never thought I would have this many options,” Keena said. “I’ve thought about where to apply, but these visits have expanded my choices far beyond my original list.”


“Choosing a college can be a daunting task, especially for first-generation college-bound students,” said Dr. John Hill, director of College and Career Readiness for MPS. “We are working to present as many options as possible and to help pave the way with support for applications, financial aid, scholarships, and more.”


Students should visit their College and Career Center or their school counselor any time they have questions about education beyond high school, and all students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to learn what grants and loans are available.


To view College and Career Center hours and locations, visit

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