Parents' Frequently Asked Questions

4/28/17
By UW Colleges
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Sending a student off to college can be a hard process for any parent. There's a lot to learn and a lot to keep track of, but you're not alone. Parents just like you have plenty of questions about our campuses, and we've answered some of the most common.

UW Colleges represents the 14 two-year universities around Wisconsin focused on providing affordable, accessible and high quality education for college freshmen and sophomores. Each campus is part of the UW System, which means every student receives a world-class University of Wisconsin education.

Students and families choose UW Colleges to save money, for the personalized attention from exceptional faculty thanks to small class sizes and for our transfer program that guarantees students their place at a four-year UW school of their choice. Families choose us to save money on a high-quality education that sets their student up for future success.

Every UW Colleges campus has a guaranteed transfer program, which allows students to transfer every credit they earn to one of the four-year universities in the UW System. That means students can save thousands of dollars while attending a UW school in their community before transferring to UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Superior or any other UW System school for their junior and senior year.

UW Colleges campuses offer the lowest tuition in the UW System and we help students and their families save thousands of dollars every year compared to four-year schools around the state. When students can save money and guarantee their admission into a four-year UW school of their choice, it's a win-win.

Every UW Colleges student is encouraged to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is the first step in the financial aid process. Our website contains plenty of information about receiving aid, and you're welcome to email our Financial Aid Office or call 608-262-5928 with any questions.

Whatever subject your student wants to pursue, they can get their start at UW Colleges. Our campuses focus on providing general education courses so students can build a foundation for their specialization later on. We offer more than 25 departments and hundreds of courses in just about every subject from biology and psychology to engineering and economics.

Student success is a top priority at UW Colleges, and we have a number of resources to make sure our students achieve their goals. Along with plenty of student-faculty one-on-one time, each campus has free tutoring centers and academic advisors to help your student along the way.

Students can apply to a UW Colleges campus through the University of Wisconsin Online Application Portal. You and your student can learn more about the application process on our website.

Campus home pages are your best place for news, events and information on what's happening on campus. You can also view the academic calendar for information on when semesters begin, what days exams take place and other important dates.


Choosing a school is a big decision for students and families alike. If you have further questions about any of our UW Colleges campuses we encourage you to email our Solution Center or call 888-INFO-UWC (463-6892).