Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I start any program in any semester?

Answer: No, some programs are "Fall-only" admission and some high-demand programs have specific application periods.

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Q: Do I need to apply to a program?

Answer: If you intend to complete an associate degree or technical diploma program at BTC, then yes, you should apply to the college. Submit an application for admissions. Applications are available at the BTC Campuses or you can complete the application online.

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Q: What is required to complete the admissions process?

Answer: Please see the admissions checklist.

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Q: Is the admission fee refundable?

Answer: The $30 application fee is a one-time, non-refundable processing fee.

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Q: What if I have paid the application fee to BTC previously?

Answer: The $30 application fee is a one-time fee. If you have previously paid the fee to BTC, you do not need to pay again.

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Q: I previously paid a $30 application fee to another Wisconsin Technical college. Do I need to pay it again if I apply to BTC?

Answer: Yes. An application fee is required at each technical college to which you apply.

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Q: What are "official" transcripts?

Answer: Official transcripts are issued directly to BTC from the high school or college. Official transcripts are sent in sealed envelopes and contain official signatures/seals of the high school or college. Transcripts marked as "Issued to Student" or "Unofficial" cannot be accepted. To request official transcripts, you will need to contact your high school and previous college(s). There is usually a form you to complete and sign. There is usually a fee for issuing official transcripts. Check with your high school or previous college directly to learn more about requesting official transcripts. Additionally, it can take several weeks to have official transcripts issued. We recommend that you request official transcripts as soon as you start the admissions process.

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Q: I graduated from high school over 10 years ago. Do you still need my high school transcript?

Answer:  Most programs require high school transcripts regardless of age. Call the Admissions Office at 608.757.7665 for assistance.

To request transcripts, contact your high school and have them send an official transcript directly to BTC. If your name has changed since graduation, please be sure to remind your school to write your new name on your transcript!

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Q: Can I get my transcripts returned to me once they are sent to BTC?

Answer: You transcripts become the property of BTC and they cannot be returned to you. If you would like copies of transcripts for personal use, you can contact your high school and/or previous college and request copies to be issued directly to you (NOTE: your high school/previous college may charge a fee for this).

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Q: Do I need to take an entrance assessment to be admitted to BTC?

Answer: Yes. If you have not taken an entrance assessment in the past, (ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, COMPASS, or Asset), you can take the COMPASS test at BTCs Career Center.

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Q: How do I sign up to take the COMPASS test?

Answer: You can call 608.757.6329.

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Q: What circumstances would allow for a waiver of the entrance assessment?

Answer: If you have completed a similar assessment (ACT, Accuplacer, Asset, etc.) in the past five years, you may be eligible for a waiver, depending on the scores of the previous assessment. Also, you may be eligible for a waiver if you have previously completed college level course work in reading, writing, and math with a grade of "C" or higher. Official college transcripts for all formerly attended colleges will need to be submitted to the BTC Admissions office prior to a review for a potential assessment waiver. Call the BTC Admissions Office at 608.757.7665 for more details regarding an assessment waiver.

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Q: Is there an admission deadline?

Answer: Yes, application deadlines are set for both spring and fall semester. Please contact the Admissions Office for specific dates. Additionally, not all programs/courses are offered each semester. In order to complete your admission file in a timely manner and to get registered for courses, you are encouraged to submit your application and begin the admissions process as early as possible.

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Q: What is the earliest that I can submit my application for intended start term?

Answer: October 1 for the following fall semester

May 1 for the following spring semester

NOTE: Per Technical College Statue 10.07 "Program Admission Priorities", Program Admission Priority must be given to BTC District residents per the following:

  • For programs commencing any time during the fall semester, the preceding January 1.
  • For programs commencing any time during the spring semester, the preceding May 1.
  • After the dates provided above, district residents shall have priority equal to non-district state residents for program admission.

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Q: How do I know if I've been admitted to my program of choice?

Answer: Once you have completed all admissions requirements, we will review your application  for admission to the college.  You will receive a letter indicating you have been admitted. (Please allow 2 - 4 weeks, depending on the time of year, after completion of all admission requirements for processing and mailing.)

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Q: I've already taken courses at another college. Will they transfer to my program at BTC?

Answer: Contact your previous college(s) and have them send official copies of your transcript to the BTC Admissions Office. Once they have arrived at BTC, they will be reviewed for credit transfer. Credit transfer review may take several weeks to complete. You are encouraged to send your official transcripts to BTC as soon as possible. For more information about the Credit Transfer process, call 608.757.7665.

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Q: If I am admitted to my program does that mean I am also registered for courses?

Answer: No. Admission is separate from registration. Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible on or after the New Student Registration date to ensure the best possible selection of courses. NOTE: Admission to a program does not guarantee that seats will be available in required courses.

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Q: If I am registered for courses, does that mean I am admitted to a program?

Answer: No. Admission is separate from registration. To be admitted to a program, you must complete the admission process for your intended program of study.

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