Webinar: Homeless and Foster Youth Attending College

Last week, the largest-ever survey of basic needs security among community college students was released by the Wisconsin Hope Lab. Respondents included 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states throughout the country. The researchers estimate that 33% of students are hungry and 14% are homeless. Continue Reading

College Board and SSNs

Our office received word that starting this fall, the College Board will no longer collect, store, or disseminate Social Security numbers from students who take the following tests:

Photo courtesy of UW-Eau Claire

Photo courtesy of UW-Eau Claire

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2017 Fall Workshop Schedule

The dates for the 2017 UW System Fall Workshops for Counselors are firm. Admission officers from our UW campuses will join us at ten locations again this fall:Continue Reading

Studying Abroad

We know that some of your students already have the itch for international study, and with good reason! Studying abroad allows students to:

  • Hone foreign language skills (but there are plenty of study abroad opportunities that don’t require knowing a different language!)
  • Gain knowledge of another culture
  • Develop self-confidence and independence
  • Enroll in college courses somewhere else and transfer them “home” to meet degree requirements
  • Build their résumé
  • And more!

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Assisting the Student Who Has Been Denied

Earlier this month our office hosted a webinar about how counselors can help students who have been denied admission. Our guest speaker was Jill Endries, a longtime admissions director at UW-Oshkosh.Continue Reading

Do You Hear What I Hear?

You’re on your way home from work, listening to your local radio station, and what did you just hear? An admissions director from your nearby UW System campus who was talking about the value of a college education!Continue Reading

Texting Your Juniors

Photo courtesy of the UW Colleges

Photo courtesy of the UW Colleges

Our office is building on the tremendous success of our college preparation texting campaign from last academic year, and we are doing it again this spring.

Your high school juniors may sign up to receive text messages that not only assist them with the transition to their senior year, but also get them thinking about attending a UW System campus. Topics will include

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Financing a College Education

We recently hosted a webinar about how families finance a college education. Jill Gosse, a longtime staff member at Sallie Mae, was our featured speaker. She had a wealth (pun intended) of information for our counselors. While there is no “one size fits all” solution for financing college, she said that families should follow the 1-2-3 approach:Continue Reading

Regional Placement Testing Site Opens Feb. 1

Registration for math, English, and foreign language Regional Placement Testing for next year’s college freshmen opens February 1.

There have been a couple of changes to how UW System campuses place students into math and English courses, if the students have no college transfer in those subjects. Here is a quick summary:Continue Reading

Many Fin Aid Filing Dates Approaching

Photo courtesy of UW-Stevens Point

Photo courtesy of UW-Stevens Point

Making sure we’re all playing the same song–

You’ve heard that our campuses have new preferred financial aid filing dates this year. Seven of our UW campuses want students to submit the FAFSA by February 1. Continue Reading