Cameron Webb wanted to do everything possible to get into his preferred major at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
That’s one of the reasons the incoming first-year student applied early to UWM last December, and made his decision in the spring of this year.
In addition to allowing students more time to get through the application process and register for preferred classes, early admission gives students better opportunities for financial aid.
“We strongly encourage students to apply early,” said Alberto Maldonado, assistant director of admissions at UWM. Students can begin to prepare their applications for fall, 2016 by Aug. 1 and hit the “send” button September 1. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions begins processing applications Sept. 15. Priority admission deadline is March 1, 2016.
Webb is majoring in architecture, one of the UWM academic majors that give preference to students who have their applications in as early as possible.
Many students and families delay applying because they’re concerned about paying for college – but because some financial aid funding is limited, students who apply earlier have a better chance at getting aid, according to the university’s financial aid website. UWM is committed to helping students graduate, by providing financial aid. “We can make it happen,” said Maldonado.
Webb attended a UWM interview session at his school, Bradley Tech High School, and advisers strongly encouraged him to apply as soon as possible.
He was also part of an Upward Bound Mathematics and Science program at Marquette University, and the advice was the same – apply to college as early as possible.
Applying early and registering as soon as possible for classes also makes for better time management, advisers and other students suggest, allowing students to better plan their schedules.
Save the Date
For the first time Summit on Black Male Youth-Milwaukee will host a two day summit for young men in middle and high school on December 15 and 16.
This year, young men will have a chance to have their voices heard and provide insight on “How Can the Community Come Together to Make Life Better in Milwaukee for Young Black Males” by participating in listening forums.
There will be workshops designed to encourage group participation, interaction and camaraderie. Last year bought together 400 young men from Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine school districts along with community leaders.
With the help of corporate sponsorship the 3rd annual Summit on Black Male Youth will focus on middle school young men on Tuesday December 15 and Wednesday December 16 will focus on high school young men.
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