Precollege Programming


Undergraduates and UW Astronomy Club members Lin Shi, left, and Zishan Xia demonstrate how to use a mix of water, sand, ammonia, coal and dry ice to make comet material during Family Science Night at UW Space Place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 22, 2013. The science outreach event, presented by South Madison Promise Zone and UW Space Place, attracted more than 400 people to engage in hands-on experiments and exhibits ranging from astronomy to zoology. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison

The purpose of precollege programming is to increase college-going aspirations and preparedness for postsecondary education in the population of Wisconsin’s K-12 students. These programs are an important component in the broader effort to achieve equitable outcomes in higher education for all student populations.

Precollege programs may include opportunities for academic skill-building, college and career exploration, and academic/personal enrichment (e.g., arts, sports, leadership skills, computer camps.) Comprehensive precollege programming may also include components for parents/caregivers, K-12 teachers, and campus faculty (e.g., teacher education faculty.) The purpose of these components/programs is to help those groups promote college-going behaviors in K-12 students, including advocacy for post-secondary preparation and participation in a K-16 education.

The length of programs varies, including one-day, weekly, bi-weekly, residential, academic year, and summer programs. Students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch may qualify for a Department of Public Instruction scholarship if indicated. The Precollege Directors/Coordinators at each UW institution can advise students and families about options, costs, dates and more.

A variety of precollege programs are offered at every UW institution, including the UW Colleges. Programs cover a wide array of subjects such as college and career exploration, computer camps, music, art, study skills, math, science, leadership skills, sports, cheerleading, and others–a complete list is available through the Precollege Program Directory.

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