67% of MMSD Grads attend a 2 or 4 year college

Madison has a vision for all students – that they will not only graduate, but graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful in college, career and community.

college planning wordcloudWe want our students to master academic content, build creativity, confidence and cultural competence, gain a strong sense of self and interpersonal skills and have a growth mindset to help them continually build the skills and abilities to be successful. This vision for Madison’s graduates was developed with input from more than 2500 staff, students and community members. 

This page is designed to help families and students navigate the world of post-secondary education (college). You will find information on how to prepare for college while still in high school, how to find the right fit and apply to the school and finally information on how to pay for education after high school. 

Finally, know that you have supports and resources right at your school! Your school counselor is an expert in all things post-secondary education. Schedule a meeting with them soon to start discussing your journey!

Preparing in High School

It is never too early to start thinking about college. This site will help you discover opportunities such as dual credit courses (earn college credit while still in high school) in high school to help you get started on the path to postsecondary education. You will see information on high school graduation requirements as well as information on the testing required for college. 

College Search

There are thousands of options when it comes to finding the right college for you - it can be overwhelming. Technical colleges, public, private, training programs. Start here to help you narrow down your list and find your best fit. 

College Applications

Applying to college can feel like a full-time job, especially if you’re applying to colleges with different admissions requirements. There is a lot involved, so make sure you take care of all the details the college application requires.

Paying for College

The cost of college can be confusing and frightening - it doesn't have to be. This page is a starting place to help you understand the many ways that you can afford college. From grants, loans and scholarships to FAFSA this is a starting place for you to discover how to make it happen for you!