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Getting Started

Create Your Future Today - Earn a degree or certificate from Gateway!

Apply for Admission in Just Five Easy Steps:

(Or attend our "Get Ready, Get Set, Go!" workshop and complete your admissions, financial aid, and placement assessments.)

Choose a Program

Complete Your Application

Once you have chosen your program or certificate, you can apply for admission:

Apply online or download the Admission Application. Submit your application with the $30 nonrefundable application fee to any Student Services Center. Remember to indicate your chosen program of study, the program from which you would like to graduate. To ensure timely application processing, apply by the application priority dates.

Check the program availability [link to closed program list] and admission requirements for the program or certificate you are interested in to make sure the program or certificate is accepting applications. High-demand program utilize a Petitioning process. Review this process prior to application.

Certificates of Completion Application

The courses required to complete a Gateway Certificate are selected from various degree program to meet specific and unique occupational needs. The only requirement to apply to a Gateway Certificate is the Admission Application.

International Student Application

The solid education delivered at Gateway can be applicable whether you’re seeking to enter your career in Southeastern Wisconsin or abroad. To learn more about the admissions process as an International Student visit.

Complete Placement Testing

All individuals applying to for admission to Gateway’s post-secondary educational programs must take a placement assessment, COMPASS, to assist in appropriate placement in coursework. See the Reading, Writing, Math, & Computer Skills Score to Course chart to determine the courses in which you can enroll. All applicants must meet the current placement test requirements.

In lieu of taking Gateway’s placement test, applicants may provide Gateway with American College Testing (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or Accuplacer results. We accept scores that are no older than three years.

Placement testing may not be required, in whole or in part, based on completed college coursework. Courses must be in the specific testing area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the class(es). Applicants must submit official college transcripts to verify successful completion of coursework in order to waive the placement test(s).

Submit Your Transcripts

Submit an official copy of all academic transcripts including high school, college or university, and GED or HSED. Official transcripts need to be submitted before admission acceptance and before any placement test waivers or transfer credit can be awarded.

Complete Any Additional Requirements

Some programs may have additional program admission requirements. Review these requirements and submit prior to the application priority dates to ensure expedited processing.

What's next?

After your application is submitted, you will be contacted by the Admissions Office, a New Student Specialist or Student Finance Specialist to assist you with the next steps in the process which may include: