University of Wisconsin–Madison

High School

Two high schoolers looking at a computerPEOPLE (Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) challenges motivated students by providing personal discovery, academic improvement, and career exploration. Throughout the four-year program, students demonstrate an increased understanding for college life and expectations as well as improved confidence in their academic abilities and preparation.

More than 90% of PEOPLE students go on to attend college. Nearly half are enrolled at UW-Madison.


Three people in front of John Deere FinancielUpon graduation from high school, each PEOPLE student who is admitted to UW–Madison and completes the Bridge–to–College Program will be eligible for a tuition scholarship for up to five years.Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to remain in PEOPLE. 


Freshman/Sophomore Years

A three–week residential program on the UW–Madison campus includes math, study skills and writing skills development; ACT preparation; workshops in the biological and physical sciences, engineering, biomedical research and health sciences; and an evening curriculum in the fine and performing arts.

Three students doing an expirement with dry iceJunior Year Internship

A six–week residential internship/research experience for learning and applying methods of scientific inquiry, analysis and research in humanities and social sciences; hands–on experience and exposure to various professional fields through placements with hospitals, media companies, area businesses and the UW.

Senior Year

Upon high school graduation and admission to the UW–Madison, students participate in an eight–week Bridge–to–College Program for college credit courses and orientation to university life as an undergraduate. They take rigorous university-level courses, earn credits toward an undergraduate degree, and interact with other students and faculty.

Student doing an expirement

NOTE: Completing the PEOPLE Program does not guarantee admission to the University of Wisconsin-Madison