College

Program Overview

The College Program works directly with PEOPLE students who have successfully completed the PEOPLE Precollege Program or Information Technology Academy and have been directly admitted to UW-Madison or transferred from another institution.

We help PEOPLE Scholars progress toward graduation and ensure their college experience enriches their lives intellectually, socially, personally and professionally.

Our College Advisors provide guidance in major exploration, class selection, identifying campus resources and services, study abroad opportunities, internships, scholarships, student organizations, leadership opportunities and more. The advisors serve as advocates for students to ensure College Scholars are supported as they strive to achieve academic and personal success.

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Guiding Principles

Academic Success

Facilitate and help PEOPLE Scholars progress toward graduation and to ensure their college experiences enrich their lives intellectually, socially, personally, and professionally.

Bridging Community

Create a sense of belonging by connecting students to campus resources and other support systems, as well as developing, implementing and facilitating programming that directly serves the needs of PEOPLE Scholars.

Advocacy

Empower students to be critical thinkers and voice their personal, academic, and social values to address key issues affecting communities.

Global Leadership

Promote research, study abroad, and professional development opportunities to assist students in developing the skill sets and experiences to influence communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Scholarships and Programs

  • Scholarship

    The scholarship amount is determined by the cost of Wisconsin resident tuition. For academic year 2018-2019, Wisconsin resident tuition was $10,555.52 (https://registrar.wisc.edu/tuitionrates/).

    Students who successfully complete the precollege component of PEOPLE or Information Technology Academy (ITA) and have been directly admitted or admitted as transfer student to UW-Madison may be eligible for a four-year Wisconsin resident tuition scholarship. To be eligible for the PEOPLE Scholarship students must:

    • Successfully complete PEOPLE’s Precollege Program or ITA.
    • Receive approval for in-state tuition by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Registrar’s Office. Click here for Wisconsin Residency requirements.
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid by the FAFSA Priority Deadline, December 1.  For more information about Financial Aid at the University of Wisconsin, click here.
    • Abide by all academic and non-academic requirements of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and PEOPLE Scholarship.
  • Transfer Students

    Transferring to UW-Madison

    For more information about transferring to UW-Madison, click here.

    Who is a transfer student?

    A transfer student is anyone who has attended another college or university after graduating from high school and wishes to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at UW–Madison.

    In order to be eligible for transfer admission, you must have completed at least 24 transferable semester hours of college-level work. AP, A-Level, IB, and CLEP cannot be used toward the 24 transferable credit requirement. UW-Madison does not admit freshman-level transfer students.

    UW-Madison/UW Colleges Transfer Contract

    The University of Wisconsin–Madison offers a Transfer Contract for students who begin in an associate degree program at any of the 13 UW Colleges campuses. Students who begin as first-semester freshmen at one of the 13 UW Colleges campuses, who submit a Declaration of Intent to Participate prior to completing 30 credits, who meet requirements for admission to UW–Madison, and who meet specified levels of academic achievement at a UW Colleges campus, will be granted admission to UW–Madison as a transfer student.

    Associate Degree Transfer Contracts

    Students interested in transferring after starting at one of four participating schools can do so after completing the appropriate transfer program track of an associate degree program offered at that school. To be eligible, students need to declare their intent to participate before earning their first 30 credits, complete a minimum of 54 transferable credits, maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and complete the transfer track within five years.

    PEOPLE Scholarship for Transfer Students

    Students who are admitted for transfer to UW-Madison are eligible to access their PEOPLE scholarship. Only students who were in good standing with the PEOPLE Precollege Program or Information Technology Program will be eligible for the scholarship.

    The scholarship will be prorated according to the number of transfer credits accepted by the university.

    0-8 credits = 0 semesters (eligible for 8 semesters)
    9-18 credits = 1 semester (eligible for 7 semesters)
    19-36 credits = 2 semesters (eligible for 6 semesters)
    37-54 credits = 3 semesters (eligible for 5 semesters)
    55-72 credits = 4 semesters (eligible for 4 semesters)
    73-90 credits = 5 semesters (eligible for 3 semesters)
    91- 108 credits = 6 semesters (eligible for 2 semesters)
    109-126 credits = 7 semesters (eligible for 1 semester)

    Prior to applying for transfer, contact the PEOPLE College Staff to inform them of your intent.

  • LEAD Conference

    The Leaders for Excellence, Advancement and Diversity Conference (LEAD Conference) is the annual academic and leadership development conference for first and second year PEOPLE Scholars. Scholars participate in a series of large and small group workshops led by campus partners, PEOPLE staff, alumni and upper level PEOPLE Scholars. The scholars will learn about their strengths and areas of growth, academic and personal identities, values, mental health and wellness, financial literacy, social justice and creative arts.

  • PEOPLE Mentor Program

    The PEOPLE Mentorship Program is designed to help First Year PEOPLE Scholars transition to life at UW–Madison. Participants (Peer Mentees) will be matched with a Peer Mentor who is a current PEOPLE Scholar. Mentors can assist Mentees with:

    • Course selection
    • Campus involvement (i.e., Registered Student Organizations, campus social events)
    • Academic advice (i.e., courses to avoid taking together)
    • Personal advice
    • Identifying campus resources for various reasons
  • College Scholars Advisory Board

    The College Scholars Advisory Board serves as a platform for strengthening the overall student involvement within PEOPLE. Its core purpose is to provide PEOPLE scholars with the opportunities to:

    • Gain important leadership skills by serving on the executive board of a student organization.
    • Develop, implement and facilitate programming that directly serves the needs of our students.
    • Assist the PEOPLE Advising Team with reviewing/updating processes that directly impact the success of PEOPLE scholars.
  • PEOPLE Ambassadors

    In collaboration with our Precollege Program, the PEOPLE Ambassadors Program was created to provide PEOPLE high school students a first-hand experience of a typical day at UW-Madison during the academic year. The high school students are paired with and shadow a current UW-Madison PEOPLE Scholar (PEOPLE Ambassador) for a day. They attend classes, student organization meetings, employment, visit popular social spots on campus and other important campus landmarks. Additionally, the ambassadors share their personal experiences with the students and provide guidance on how to succeed at UW-Madison.

  • Your College Experience

    The First Year

    The Experience:

    • Leadership Certificate

    Attendance Requirements:

    • PEOPLE First Year Orientation during SCE
    • Fall Kick Off
    • PEOPLE LEAD Conference
    • Meet with College Advisor a minimum of twice per semester

    Academic Requirements:

    • Complete Midterm Progress Report
    • Complete a portfolio of your involvement, accomplishments, and goals (may be completed as a part of your PEOPLE class)
    • Complete at least 30 credits by the end of your 1st year
    • Stay in good academic standing within your school or college
    • If on Academic Probation
      • meet with your College Advisor to complete an Academic Action Plan
      • request for an Academic Coach, participate in a Learning Center, participate in a Peer Learning Association group and/or Supplemental Instruction
    • Meet with your College Advisor before dropping a course or withdraw
    • Meet with declared major advisor or CCAS advisor
    • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above
    • Review your 4-Year Plan with your College Scholar Advisor

    Academic Goals:

    • Complete Communications A and Quantitative A requirements
    • Know how to read and print your DARS, and how to make “what-if” DARS
    • Complete a world language course if you are planning to receive retroactive credits with a B or better

    Engagement Opportunities:

    • Become a participating member of the College Scholars Advisory Board or PEOPLE Mentor Program
    • Attend the Study Abroad Fair
    • Attend the Career and Internship Expo
    • Attend Student Organization Fair
    • Attend MCOR Student Organization Fair
    • PEOPLE Employment Opportunities (Assistant Site Coordinators, Tutors, Office Assistants, Summer Residential Mentors)
    • Become a participating member of any registered student organization

    The Second Year

    Attendance Requirements:

    • Attend the Fall Kick Off
    • Attend PEOPLE College Conference
    • See your College Advisor a minimum of twice per semester
    • Meet with your assigned College Scholar Advisor to complete an academic action plan if on probation

    Academic Requirements:

    • Stay in good academic standing within your school or college
    • Meet with your College Advisor before dropping a course or withdraw
    • Complete at least 60 credits by the end of your 2nd year
    • Complete 2/3 of general education requirements
    • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above
    • Review your 4-Year Plan with your College Scholar Advisor

    Education Goals:

    • Declare a major or have interest in a major
      • If you are applying to a limited enrollment major, you should also have a parallel plan
    • Understand the sequence of prerequisite courses needed for your desired major
    • Complete 2/3 of your general education requirements and maintain a competitive grade point average

    Engagement Opportunities:

    • Become a participating member of the College Scholars Advisory Board, PEOPLE Mentor Program, PEOPLE Ambassador
    • PEOPLE Employment Opportunities (Assistant Site Coordinators, Tutors, Office Assistants, Summer Residential Mentors)
    • If you are undeclared, schedule a meeting at the Career Exploration Center (by the end of fall semester)
    • Research and secure an internship experience for the upcoming summer
    • Apply to the McNair Scholars Program if you think you are interested in graduate study in the future (must have completed 54 credits to apply)

    The Third Year

    Attendance Requirements:

    • Attend the Fall Kick Off
    • Attend Post-Graduation Summit
    • See your College Advisor a minimum of twice per semester
    • Meet with your assigned College Scholar Advisor to complete an academic action plan if on probation

    Academic Requirements:

    • Stay in good academic standing within your school or college
    • Meet with your College Advisor before dropping a course or withdraw
    • Complete at least 90 credits by the end of your 3rd year
    • Complete general education requirements
    • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above

    Academic Goals:

    • If you are planning to study abroad, this would be the most ideal year to participate
    • Accepted into major no later than your Fall semester junior year
    • Complete your prerequisite courses for your major and begin courses in your major
    • Complete remaining general education requirements
    • Graduate School planning
    • Secure internship for the summer after your junior year

    Engagement Opportunities:

    • Become a participating member of the College Scholars Advisory Board, PEOPLE Ambassador or PEOPLE Mentor
    • PEOPLE Employment Opportunities (Assistant Site Coordinators, Tutors, Office Assistants, Summer Residential Mentors)
    • Visit the Career Services in your school or college
    • Apply for a Wisconsin Idea Fellowship

    The Fourth Year

    Attendance Requirements:

    • Attend the Fall Kick Off
    • Attend Post-Graduation Summit
    • See your College Advisor a minimum of twice per semester
    • Meet with your assigned College Scholar Advisor to complete an academic action plan if on probation
    • Inform your College Advisor of your intended graduation semester
    • Exit Interview with College Advisor

    Academic Requirements:

    • Stay in good academic standing within your school or college
    • Meet with your College Advisor before dropping a course or withdraw
    • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above
    • Complete all university and degree requirements
    • Apply to graduate
    • Submit a photo and a resume to your College Advisor at the beginning of your graduating semester

    Education Goals:

    • Select a capstone, senior thesis, or internship to participate in that allows you to network and gain real world experience in your academic interest
    • Complete your degree requirements
    • Post-graduation planning
      • Apply for jobs
      • Apply to graduate schools

    Engagement Opportunities:

    • Become a participating member of the College Scholars Advisory Board, PEOPLE Ambassador or PEOPLE Mentor Program
    • PEOPLE Employment Opportunities (Assistant Site Coordinators, Tutors, Office Assistants, Summer Residential Mentors)
    • Visit the Career Services in your school or college for resume, cover letter and mock interview