Parents & Family

Parents & Family

Mid-State recognizes that helping your son or daughter decide the educational direction to take following high school is just one of many important challenges you face.

Because this is a significant event in your family's life, we have created this section of our website for you; allowing you to explore the vast benefits of higher education, to learn more about Mid-State and to serve as your ongoing resource throughout your son or daughter's college career.

Please let us know if you have questions!
Call us: 715.422.5500
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Why a technical college?
  • It's where communities turn first... Wisconsin Technical Colleges produce graduates who fill critical positions in our communities.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most jobs over the next decade will require the kind of occupational training provided by Wisconsin's technical colleges.
  • Great paying careers - on average, associate degree graduates earn $5,000 a year more in salary than high school graduates!
  • Ability to start at a technical college and transfer credits to a bachelors degree.
How is a technical college different from a four-year college?

Technical colleges provide education & training for careers. Mid-State instructors bring a hands-on approach to the classroom. Students spend much of their time in fully equipped laboratories and simulated work environments. When companies look for employees, they know that Mid-State graduates have hands-on experience before they begin the job.

Why Choose Mid-State?
  • Mid-State offers 100+ career programs and certificates
  • Affordable tuition
  • Online and flexible learning options
  • Hands-on learning and instructors with real-world experience
  • Personal attention in classes of 15-30 students
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • More than 70% of Mid-State students receive some kind of financial aid
  • Dual Credit opportunities for high school students
  • Options to transfer credits to four-year colleges
  • Support services to help you become a successful student
  • Mid-State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • Mid-State has been making futures for 100 years!
  • Our graduates are in demand
  • On average, 88% of Mid-State graduates have jobs within six months of graduation
  • Several employers recruit Mid-State students before they graduate


Reasons Businesses Should Hire an MSTC Graduate

Employer-based program advisory committees
88% of us work in-state following graduation
We are tech savvy
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


Is there a fee to take the Accuplacer?

No. There is no fee to take the Accuplacer.

Do I need to be admitted to a program to take classes at Mid-State?

No, but you must complete an Application.

Mid-State needs a copy of my transcripts. Can I send a copy of the one I have?

No. Mid-State requires all transcripts to be official.

What are official transcripts?

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

Do I need to provide high school or college transcripts?

Yes, but only if your program requires transcripts.

Is there an Application for Admission deadline?

Mid-State continuously accepts applications for admission.

I applied to Mid-State in the past. Do I need to repay my application fee?

The $30 application fee is a one-time fee, unless you have been away for 3 consecutive semesters.

Do I need to take an entrance assessment to be admitted to Mid-State & my program?

Mid-State requires most new students to complete the Accuplacer prior to acceptance into a program.

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

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

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.

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

Yes. If you received a GED® or HSED in Wisconsin, contact the WI Department of Public Instruction to request a transcript.

When can I take the Accuplacer?

The Accuplacer is offered on a daily basis