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MPS seniors—join Smart Start!

Wahington High School StudentAre you an MPS graduating senior planning to attend MATC or UWM? Join Smart Start!

Smart Start is a program of support to help students navigate their first semester of college beginning during the summer after graduation. Get help with admissions, access support over the summer, and have a great first semester.

Smart Start is offered through M3 (pronounced M-Cubed), a partnership among Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. M3 partners are working to improve success for students in reaching their college and career goals.

Why join?

  • Make friends and connect to other MPS graduates
  • Get support from a Success Coach this summer and fall
  • Learn how to pay for college
  • Grow your skills so you can graduate from college on time
  • Go on fun trips throughout Milwaukee
  • Start a campus job early to earn money for college
  • Smart Start is free to join
  • Learn how to receive up to $500 for participating

To join, complete a form at
Apply by May 1, 2023.


MPS: Email or call (414) 902-8462
MATC: Email or call (414) 297-6228
UWM: Email or call (414) 229-5385



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Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • Ninety-four percent of 2022-23 budget dollars go to support schools;
  • The MPS Class of 2023 earned $121 million in scholarships and grants; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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