How to Apply for Admission

How to Apply for Admission

1 Complete the Online Application Form and submit the $30 nonrefundable application fee. If you do not have a credit card to pay the application fee online, you can print a paper copy and mail it to the Admissions Office along with your $30 nonrefundable application fee.

Admission deadline for Summer 2016 is end of day April 22, 2016. Admission deadline for Fall 2016 is end of day August 19, 2016. All applications submitted after these dates will be processed for the following term.

Mail application to:
Western Technical College
Attn: Admissions Office
400 7th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601

2 Submit official transcripts from high school and from all previous colleges and universities attended. If the high school transcript is submitted prior to graduation from high school, an official final transcript must be sent after graduation.

As a new student, you may have already earned college credit before ever taking a class at Western. Western grants credit for everything from classes taken at other institutions to military experience. Fill out the Transfer Credit Evaluation Form to find out if you have already earned college credit.

GED/HSED scores may be substituted for the high school graduation requirement. For further information regarding the GED/HSED, please contact the GOAL counselor at Western, (608) 785-9536.

3 Complete the ACT, ASSET or COMPASS, a series of basic skills tests. ASSET or COMPASS is required of all program students except Farm Business and Production Management program students, and it is not required of apprentices and undeclared students. Though testing may not be required for undeclared students, please be aware that test scores may be required for individual classes. Also, undeclared students are not eligible for Financial Aid. Learn more about ASSET or COMPASS

There is a $20 charge for the initial admissions test session and $10.00 charge for each retest session scheduled. For more information, call 608.785.9566. Students will be asked to provide their social security number at the time of testing. A picture identification is required. Students needing special accommodations to take the ASSET or COMPASS should call at least one week prior to testing-call the instructional support specialist or the V/TTY number, (608) 785-9551.

You may not have to take the ASSET or COMPASS if you have ASSET, COMPASS or ACT scores dated within the last five years, or applicable post secondary credits with a C grade or better. If you have taken the ACT, ASSET or COMPASS within the last five years, you can request that your scores be submitted to Western.

4 Admission requirements vary from program to program.

Once all required admissions materials have been received, students will receive a letter indicating one of the following:

  • Acceptance into the program or
  • Placement onto a waiting list to which the student has applied for or
  • Admission to take general course while completing program admission requirements.

When an acceptance letter is received, a position is reserved for that student up to the assigned date of registration. Positions not filled on the assigned registration date may be released. Acceptance does not guarantee a starting date at the next time of entry for programs where capacity has been reached.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Enrollment Services Office in La Crosse either by email at or by calling (608) 785-9553, or the Western Regional Location nearest you:

  • Black River Falls (715) 284-2253
  • Independence (715) 985-3392
  • Mauston (608) 847-7364
  • Sparta (608) 269-1611
  • Tomah (608) 374-7700
  • Viroqua (608) 637-2612