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Gateway to College FAQ

How does the Gateway to College program work?
Once you have been admitted, you will be enrolled in a Gateway to College learning community at Madison College’s Truax Campus.

  • A learning community is a group of 20-25 students who take all of their first term courses together in preparation for becoming college students on the college campus.
  • Learning community first term courses are reading, writing, math, college success, yoga, and academic lab.
  • Students will earn both high school and college credits starting in their first term.
  • Students spend 3-4 hours outside of class working on homework.

After successfully completing the learning community first term, students transition into college level courses.

Students enroll in Madison College courses and continue to earn both high school and college credit, as they work towards earning a high school diploma.

All courses after the learning community first term are selected with the assistance of a Resource Specialist based upon each student's high school completion plan and educational goals.

What can I achieve in this program?
Students can earn their high school diploma and earn Madison College credit toward a certificate or a degree.

Who are Gateway to College students?

Gateway to College is for students who are:

  • 16 to 21 years old
  • Behind in high school credits (for age and grade), with a history of absenteeism and low GPA.
  • Students who live in one of the following school districts: Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) & Middleton-Cross Plains School District
  • A diverse group of young people facing many challenges.
  • Reading at an eighth grade level or higher (English proficiency).
  • Able to complete their high school diploma by age 22.
  • Willing to make a long term commitment (two or more years) to work hard to complete high school and progress toward a college degree.


Gateway to College does not serve students who are doing well in high school and want to make an early transition to college. Gateway to College works exclusively with students who have not experienced success in a traditional high school. They are either no longer attending or are significantly behind in credits and are unable to graduate with their peers.

What is expected of me?

  • Students are expected to attend 100% of their classes.
  • Students are expected to come to class on time, be prepared with class materials, and to complete all class and homework assignments.
  • Students are expected to spend 3‐4 hours a day working on their homework (outside of class time). We strongly encourage students who have jobs to consider the time demands of the program.
  • Students are expected to adhere to all Madison College policies and procedures.

What is the cost of the program?
Gateway to College is a scholarship program. The scholarship pays for college tuition and books.

What kind of support will help me be successful in a college setting?
Students who are accepted into the program are assigned a Resource Specialist. Resource Specialists provide support and access to resources to help all students in the program to be successful. Resource Specialists provide the following services:

  • Transcript reviews and academic advising.
  • Assistance with completing enrollment and registration.
  • Referrals to resources, such as tutoring, counseling, student activities, health services, and more.
  • Personal counseling and guidance including assistance with problem solving, time management and stress management.

If I have been on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) at my high school, will I still receive the same services and support at Madison College?
Applicants who have received Special Education Services and who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in place may be required to participate in an IEP meeting in the school district. This meeting will involve a staff from the Gateway to College program and will help determine if Madison College is an appropriate placement for you. We cannot guarantee that this process can be completed in time for acceptance for the term for which you are applying. Applicants can submit a copy of their IEP during the application process. This will allow the Gateway to College staff to review the necessary services in the IEP to assist the student and determine if appropriate services will be available at Madison College via the Disability Resource Services office.


If I am enrolled in high school and do not want to withdraw until I know if I have been accepted. Can I be considered for the Gateway to College program if I am still enrolled in high school?
Yes. If you are currently attending high school, please consider staying in school until you know that you have been accepted into the Gateway to College program. Once you have been accepted into the program, you will be released from your high school as a participant of the Gateway to College Program at Madison College.


How do I apply?
Please visit the Application Process to learn more!