Before I came to MSOE, I worked for a theater, thus the title of this blog series. I loved it there but what I love more is connecting people with education. I truly believe it is the key to your future – our future, for that matter – and if I can play a small role in moving that along, well, that’s pretty exciting.

What I want to share are tips of the trade. What should you be paying attention to now and what can you plan ahead for. Senior year goes by fast. I know it doesn’t seem like it now but trust me, before you know it you will be starting college (hopefully at MSOE!). So to start this series off, let’s tackle that college application.

College applications are daunting, sometimes overwhelming tasks. You put them off until the deadline is upon you and then you worry that you did not submit your best. For MSOE, our process is a piece of cake (oh, how I love cake!).

Here are the four easy steps to your complete (that’s right, complete) MSOE application:

    1. Join Bridge, our online social community. Bridge is your hub for information. Everything you need is there, plus you get to interact with current students, faculty and your admission counselor.  Takes about 3 minutes to join – 5 minutes if you include clicking on your activation link, which will come in a separate email.
    2. Fill out the application. It is basic information about something you know a lot about – YOU!  Gather your high school class information, your GPA and your standardized test scores if you have them.  The process will take about 20-30 minutes.  And best of all, there is no essay required! Check your Bridge account to see that you have completed it successfully and that we have received.  Usually takes about 24 hours, a little bit more on the weekends.
    3. Send your official high school transcripts. Now these may take a bit more time to reach MSOE but the actual requesting of the documents shouldn’t take too long. Check with your guidance counselor about the procedures in place at your school. Your high school can submit these electronically through Parchment/Docufide or can mail the transcripts to:

MSOE Admissions
1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

  1. Send your official ACT or SAT scores. If you took both tests or a test multiple times (most students take them at least twice), make sure we get all of your scores. Haven’t taken either test yet? Don’t worry! Just make sure to list MSOE as a school to receive them. Here’s a time saver tip: If your guidance office is willing to attach your ACT or SAT scores to your transcript, you don’t have to worry about this step at all.

Once you have done all these steps, it is time to wait. That’s sometimes the hardest part of our process. You can check for updates on your application in your Bridge account (see Step 1 above).

We start accepting students on October 15th. Here’s hoping your acceptance letter is in that first batch.

Next topic: Scholarships – how to get some free money!

Written by Dana Grennier – Director of Admissions.