Madison Area Technical College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Madison Area Technical College

Founded in 1912, Madison Area Technical College (MATC) provides college transfer and career entry programs on its five main campuses in the state capitol of Madison. In addition, the school has four campuses in the surrounding south-central Wisconsin region. Besides its academic programs, MATC offers a variety of other services to the community. For example, non-credit courses to build job skills are open to the public through the Continuing Education Center, part of MATC's Center for Community and Corporate Learning. Furthermore, students of the junior college and community members alike may enjoy the Madison College Fitness Center and the 986-seat Mitby Theater.


MATC organizes its more than 144 certificate and associate's degree programs into 16 'career clusters.' Some of the most popular programs among MATC students are in the general categories of business administration and health professions. MATC's associate's degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences are also popular options, particularly for students who plan to transfer to 4-year institutions.

Many students complete their general education requirements at a savings through the Transfer U program, which facilitates the transfer to several in-state universities, like the University of Wisconsin - Madison, as well as other UW schools or universities nationwide. Some career-focused post-baccalaureate programs are also available for students who already have a bachelor's degree.

MATC has seven libraries that offer about 75,000 titles, including books, newspapers and DVDs. Students can check out e-book readers, like the Kindle Fire, and iPads from the Truax campus library. The library system also provides computer labs and quiet study areas.


MATC has an open admissions policy; applicants with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission to non-competitive certificate and associate's degree programs. General admissions requirements for degree programs include submitting an online or paper application, the appropriate application fee, transcripts and a high school counselor form (for applicants still in high school). Applicants can begin submitting applications in September the year prior to the fall semester in which they wish to enter, and the general program deadline is August 31 for the fall semester.

Some programs are high demand and have wait lists, as well as additional admissions requirements and varying application deadlines. Each certificate and degree program has information on its Web page regarding its particular admissions deadlines and requirements, which may include ACT/SAT or other test scores, as well as submission of health forms. The general deadline for applications and supporting materials for high-demand programs is October 15, during the fall previous to the fall semester applicants wish to enter. MATC accepts College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) scores for credit.

Tuition and Financial Aid

MATC posted its tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year by credit hour. The tuition varies for in-state and out-of-state students, as well as type of degree program. For example, the tuition for residents enrolled in a technical degree or certificate program was posted as about $117.00 per credit hour. The non-resident tuition was posted as about $58 more for the same type of program. The tuition for liberal arts or college transfer programs per credit hour was posted as about $158 for in-state students; the out-of-state tuition for this type of program was posted as about $79 more per credit.

A variety of financial aid sources are available for MATC students, including Pell grants and federal student loans. Additionally, the Madison College Foundation has awarded more than $13 million in scholarships and other forms of financial assistance to over 36,000 new and continuing students. Students from all programs are eligible for these scholarships. The school also has a veteran services office, which helps veterans, their dependents and survivors, as well as reservists and members of the National Guard, apply for benefits.

School Type Technical college*
Degrees Offered Associate's, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Mid-sized city*
Student Body 16,347 undergraduates and 58 graduate students (enrolled in post-baccalaureate certificate programs) in 2011*
Student Housing No on-campus housing**
Schools and Programs More than 144 programs offered in 16 'career clusters'**
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1 in 2011*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Certificate: Legal Assistant/Paralegal (26)
Associate's: Registered Nurse/Nursing (127)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 35% within 150% of normal program completion time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy**
Average SAT or ACT Score of Admitted Students ACT/SAT (only required for some high-demand programs)**
Application Due Date Applications accepted from Sept. 12, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013 for the Fall 2013 semester**
Tuition $3,654 for in-state student and $5,068 for out-of-state students for 2011-2012 (estimate includes fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011:
Grant or scholarship aid (42%)
Pell grants (27%)
Federal student loans (32%) *
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 66% of beginning, full-time students in 2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Madison Area Technical College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Truax Campus, 1701 Wright St., Madison, Wisconsin 53704
  • Phone: (608) 246-6100
  • Website:

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