Future Planning

Toby Nelson, Reporter

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Colleges and Universities:

It is never too late to start thinking about what to do in high school. There are several colleges to choose from and many types of degrees you can go to school for, but each has a different length of time the student would need to obtain it.  You can also go to a university. Universities are usually are bigger than colleges, and have more students than colleges. Universities also offer graduate programs that lead to a masters’ degree or a PhD. There are also two year colleges that offer associate degrees. Here is a list of some colleges and universities.

Gateway Technical College:

Gateway offers 65 different programs that provide the foundation for more than 21,000 students currently enrolled. According to Gateway’s website, the college “provides students with more than better quality career education; they strive to create a strong campus community.” Gateway offers courses in finance, health science, human services, law, public safety, manufacturing, and marketing. You need to get at least at 16 on the ACT to go to Gateway. Gateway also offers the Gateway Promise- a program to attend college for free.

Advantages: The school is financially affordable or qualify to attend school for free with the Gateway Promise

Disadvantages: The highest degree offered is an associate’s and there are no extracurricular activities available.  Also, students don’t get the full college experience because there are no dorms.

UW Whitewater:

UW Whitewater has 50 majors and 119 minors to choose from. Some of the courses they offer at UW Whitewater include accounting, Art, Biological Sciences, Business Education, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, English, Finance, French, German, History, Marketing, and physics. UW Whitewater also offers Doctoral Degree Programs, Master Degree Programs, and Certificate Programs. To get into UW Whitewater you need a combined G.P.A of at least 2.75 or earn a composite ACT score 20-25.  

Advantages: The college is close but not too close. Whitewater has a great business program. Whitewater offers special needs services.

Disadvantages: The college lacks diversity. The college has a small campus. The nearest city a half an hour away. 😛


Parkside offers 41 majors, and 56 minors. Some courses of the courses Parkside offer includes Accounting, Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, communication, Computer Science, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Marketing, Physics, Psychology. Sociology, Spanish. Sport Management, and Theater Arts. To go to Parkside you must provide proof of graduation from a recognized high school or equivalent certificate. You need at least a 21 on the ACT. Students who are admitted to Parkside are usually in the top 50th percentile of their high school class.

Advantages: Parkside is near beautiful Petrifying Springs park and offers the option of living on or off campus.

Disadvantages: The Parkside campus is considered by many to be a ghost town on the weekends.

Marquette University:

Marquette University is a catholic and jesuit university. Throughout the years thousands have went to Marquette University. Here are some of the courses at Marquette University Accounting, Advertising, Air Force and Aerospace Studies, Anthropology, Business Law, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Counseling, Dentistry, Film, Finance, Health, Health Sciences, Journalism, Law, Music, Nursing, Performing, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Psychology, Real Estate, Urban Affairs. The average G.P.A. at Marquette University is 3.57. You have to have taken either the ACT or the SAT to apply to Marquette University, you also need to have a strong application. The average ACT score at Marquette University is 27.

Advantages: Marquette is located by the lake. There is a lot to do in downtown Milwaukee. Marquette is very student centered.

Disadvantages: Marquette is very expensive. There is a lot of construction and high traffic near Marquette.


If college isn’t for you, start working on your resume to enter the job market or speak to an army/military recruiter. After high school you could even start your own business. You could become an intern or an apprentice.