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Milwaukee Direct Admit

MPS high school juniors can apply to MATC and UWM with one simple form through Milwaukee Direct Admit!


MPS Student at a ComputerThis program is now closed for the Class of 2025. If you missed the opportunity, connect with your school counselor or College and Career Cneter Advisor to complete a traditional applcation when you return in the Fall.

What happens next for Class of 2025?

  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by September, 2024.
  • Accepted candidates must officially accept their offer and complete forms required by MATC or UWM, but are not required to attend either school.
  • Students must successfully graduate from high school in spring or summer of their senior year.
  • Start college in Fall 2025!



Class of 2026- Look for additional information in September, 2024. 

Does applying to college seem complicated? Now you can apply to Milwaukee’s two largest colleges in less than five minutes—no transcripts needed!

Milwaukee Direct Admit is a streamlined application that connects your MPS transcript directly to the schools of your choice and takes the stress out of applying to college. This program is designed to help students have better access to opportunities after graduation—especially first-generation college applicants.

How can I use Milwaukee Direct Admit?

Fill out a simple form that needs only a student’s name and MPS student ID number.

  • Choose which college to apply to—MATC or UWM or both
  • No fee to apply
  • No attachments or transcripts are needed
  • No essay or letters of recommendation!


MPS High School students at South Division


Have questions or need help? Contact your school counselor or College and Career Center staff.

Milwaukee Direct Admit is sponsored by M3, a partnership among Milwaukee’s three largest public education institutions—Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. This collaboration is dedicated to transforming the future of Milwaukee through education.

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  When can I apply?

The program is now closed for the Class of 2025. Class of 2026 should return to this page for more information in the fall of 2024. 

  What is the deadline?

The program is now closed for the Class of 2025. Class of 2026 should return to this page for more information in the fall of 2024. 

  How do I apply? What do I or my parents/guardians have to do? What information will I need to fill out the form?

The program is now closed for the Class of 2025. Class of 2026 should return to this page for more information in the fall of 2024. 

  • The applicant will need the student’s name and student ID number. Be prepared to select MATC, UWM, or both.
  • No attachments, transcripts, essays, or letters of recommendation are needed.
  • Students who are under age 18 will need a parent/guardian signature on the online form.



  How long does the application take?

The process generally takes less than 5 minutes.

  How much does it cost?
  • The M3 Milwaukee Direct Admit form is free to fill out.
  • Accepted students will be responsible for tuition and other costs to attend college.
  • Many financial aid options are available. Plan to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and work with the college or university of your choice to understand the costs and make a plan. Learn more on the MATC and UWM websites.
  If I apply, am I guaranteed admission?

Students are guaranteed admission to at least one of the two schools they select on the Direct Admit form as long as they graduate high school in spring or summer of their senior year.

  What if I don’t think my grades are good enough for college?

There is no GPA requirement for M3 Milwaukee Direct Admit. MPS school counselors and College and Career Center staff can help with strategies to have a strong senior year. Don’t underestimate your potential for success—MATC and UWM are committed to working with students to provide the support they need to succeed.

  Does filling this out mean I’m also considered for scholarships?

This form does not offer access to any scholarship opportunities. You should explore scholarships at MATC and UWM while also seeking out other scholarship pathways.

  When will I hear from MATC or UWM? When will I find out if I was admitted?

Students will hear back about next steps about one month after filling out the form. Admissions offers will arrive by September of the student’s senior year.

  What if I’m accepted by both MATC and UWM?

Students can attend the school of their choice.

  Do I have to know what I’m going to study?

No, you do not have to know what you are going to study when you fill out the form.

  • Students interested in MATC will work with a recruiter to help find the right program that will connect you to your career dreams.
  • UWM students can begin school “undecided” and advisors can help with career exploration.
  • Talk to your MPS school counselor, work with College and Career Center staff, and participate in your Academic and Career Planning class for more great ways to explore opportunities for your future.
  What if I submit my form and then change my mind about attending?

Filling out the M3 Milwaukee Direct Admit form is not an agreement to attend the college or university you select on the form. Likewise, being accepted to MATC or UWM does not mean you’re required to attend.

  When will I have to pay for college?

Students will need to have a plan in place before starting their first semester. This could include financial aid, grants, scholarships, payment plans, or other options. MATC and UWM representatives will discuss options with you during your senior year of high school.

  Does filling out this form mean I’m committed to living on campus?

No. MATC does not have an on-campus living requirement. Admitted UWM students will be asked to select a living arrangement later in the enrollment process.

  Why are MPS, MATC, and UWM doing this?

Applying to a two-year or four-year college can be complicated — especially for students who would be the first in their family to attend college. M3 partners are committed to increasing access to higher education—this simpler application and admission process is part of that effort.



Have questions or need help? Contact your school counselor or the College and Career Centers staff.

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