How to Apply

How to Apply

Getting Started:
Apply for Admission in Just Five Easy Steps

Step 1

Choose a Program

  • Review program offerings.
  • Unsure what program you would like to pursue? Meet with a New Student Specialist for additional guidance.
  • High school students - connect with your High School Career Coach right at your school!
  • Just want to take a class or two but don't want to earn a degree? You only need to register.
  • Already a student and thinking about changing your program? Meet with your Program Counselor for guidance and to complete a Program Update card.

Step 2

Complete Your Application

  • Complete an application for an associate degree, technical diploma, or certificate online with a $30 nonrefundable application fee. The application fee may be paid with a check, money order, or credit card.
  • The only requirement to apply to an MSTC certificate is the MSTC Application for Admission.
  • Undeclared/unassigned students (do not have a declared program of study) are not required to pay the application fee or submit the application.

Step 3

Submit Accuplacer or ACT Test Results

  • Submit Accuplacer or ACT test results if taken within the past five years. If required program admissions scores are not met, students may remediate in the Learning Commons and retest. Test results are used for program admission and placement into appropriate courses. Under certain circumstances, the Accuplacer may be waived for program admissions.
  • You can complete testing at any MSTC campus. Call the campus nearest you to schedule the Accuplacer and submit the $20 testing fee.
  • High school students - check with your school counselor to see if the Accuplacer is available at your high school.

Step 4

Submit Your Transcripts

  • Submit official high school transcripts, GED/HSED scores, and/or any other college or university transcripts. If the high school transcript is submitted prior to graduation from high school, an official final transcript must be sent after graduation.
  • Paper transcripts must arrive in their original sealed envelope. Previously opened transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Electronic transcripts must be submitted from the high school through a third-party agency (such as Parchment, Credentials, etc.) to be considered official.
  • Contact each institution and ask to have your official transcripts (or scores) mailed directly to:

    Mid-State Technical College
    500 32nd Street North
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494

Step 5

Complete Any Additional Program Requirements

  • Depending on the program, there may be additional requirements to complete the admissions process. Follow the admissions steps for your program for more information about what's needed.

What's Next: While You're Waiting

You've submitted your application and are waiting to take the next step. We'll walk you through what happens next, and give you some helpful hints about what you can do while you're waiting.

Watch Your Mailbox for Your Admissions Letter

Your admissions letter will arrive about 15 business days after your application is received. This letter will confirm that you have applied to MSTC and list any missing admission requirements for your program. It will also include your Student ID Number, your key to entering all of our online student resources.

Complete Any Additional Requirements

Depending on the program, there may be additional requirements to complete the admissions process. Refer to the admissions steps for your program for more information about what's needed.

Schedule Your Accuplacer Assessment

If you have not taken the ACT or Accuplacer test in the past five years, you will need to take the Accuplacer exam in order to be admitted. Under certain circumstances, the Accuplacer may be waived for program admission.

Apply for Financial Aid

If you have not already done so, now is the time to invest 30 minutes into your financial future by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Apply for Scholarships

Don't miss the scholarship application deadline. Check out the MSTC Foundation Scholarship page.

Join MSTC on Facebook.

Become a Fan of MSTC to get all of the latest news and happenings.

Learn About Transfer Credit

High school students have often earned college credit for classes taken in high school, or attended another college in the past. Learn how MSTC can help you obtain credit for prior learning.

Attend Smart Start

Smart Start is MSTC's new student orientation. At a Smart Start session, you will receive an overview of available resources. Most importantly, you will create a schedule and register for classes. Be sure to RSVP when you receive your invitation in the mail.

Purchase Textbooks

At Smart Start, you will receive a list of books and supplies that can be purchased at the bookstore prior to the first class.

Pay Your Tuition

MSTC offers a variety of ways to pay the cost of tuition. These include cash, money order, travelers checks, check/credit card, installment payment plan, scholarships, financial aid, veteran's benefits, and agency/employer sponsorship.

Attend Classes and Earn Your Degree

If you need assistance during your time at MSTC, please refer to any of our Support Services. We look forward to seeing you on campus and involved with Student Life. Contact Career Services to learn about employment opportunities associated with your degree.


Reasons Businesses Should Hire an MSTC Graduate

Employer-based program advisory committees
88% of us work in-state following graduation
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We have the soft skills you desire
We receive skills/insight from industry leaders
You get a high-quality and job-ready employee

Frequently Asked Admissions Questions


If I’ve taken the Accuplacer or ACT in the past, can MSTC use those scores?

Yes. The scores can be used if the test has been taken within the past five years.

Do I need to take an entrance assessment to be admitted to MSTC & my program?

MSTC requires most new students to complete the Accuplacer prior to acceptance into a program.

Will a GED or HSED be accepted in lieu of a high school diploma?

Yes. Contact the institution that awarded your GED/HSED and have them send your test scores directly to MSTC.

Do college graduates still need to provide high school transcripts?

Yes, but only if your program requires transcripts.

Is there a fee to take the Accuplacer?

Yes. There is a $20 fee to take the Accuplacer.

Is there an Application for Admission deadline?

MSTC continuously accepts applications for admission.

How do I apply to a program?

Click on How to Apply above to get started!

What are official transcripts?

Official transcripts are transcripts with the school's seal sent directly from the school you attended previously.

MSTC needs a copy of my transcripts. Can I send a copy of the one I have?

No. MSTC requires all transcripts to be official.

I applied to MSTC in the past. Do I need to repay my application fee?

The $30 application fee is a one-time fee.

Do I need to be admitted to a program to take classes at MSTC?

No. Anyone can register for most General Studies classes.

How do I know if I’ve been admitted to a program?

Once you have completed all admissions requirements, you will receive a letter indicating you have been accepted.

When can I take the Accuplacer?

The Accuplacer is offered on a daily basis

How does MSTC tuition compare to tuition for a four-year public university?

On average, an MSTC education costs 45% less than two years at a public university.