Q: How do I apply to become a student?
Fill out the online application and send in $30 application fee, high school transcript, and ACT score. If you have not taken the ACT you will need to take the ASSET or Compass test. There is a $20 fee for first attempt and $10 for retakes. After application is processed you will be sent a letter indicating if you are accepted into a program, accepted to take general education courses, or on a waiting list.
Q: How do I register for my first term?
You can register online or in person in the Welcome Center on campus. About a month before your very first term you will be invited to an orientation. At the orientation you will meet your faculty advisor who will help you register online. In the future, you will register in class with the help of your teacher.
Q: How much does school cost?
There are many different costs that go into furthering your education. There is a $134.79 fee per credit hour as of 2014. Books vary in cost depending on whether you buy, rent, or use the library copy. For discounted books a few websites you can check out are Craiglist, Ebay, Chegg, or Amazon. For housing costs see question 4.
Q: How do I find student housing?
Western has a residence hall that houses 200 students. If you are interested apply early to reserve your spot. There are many off campus rentals as well. You can always look on Craigslist for rentals. Another good place to look would be any of the La Crosse realtor websites. A new apartment complex called The Hive recently opened fully furnished student apartments in La Crosse.
Q: How can I find a job?
Western offers a work study program. We have many on campus jobs available. There are hundreds of part and full time jobs as well as seasonal jobs here in La Crosse. The Career Services office on campus is a great place to begin your job search. They will help you with applications, resumes, and preparing for interviews. TechConnect is an excellent website to look at when looking for a job. http://www.wisconsintechconnect.com/ http://www.westerntc.edu/careerservices/
Q: Can I transfer credits to Western?
You can transfer credits from a high school college credit class or from other colleges as long as you earned a C or higher. Course descriptions and outcomes will need to be evaluated to make sure they are equivalent to Western courses. http://www.westerntc.edu/programs/Transfer.aspx?PROGRAM_NBR=101043
Q: Can I transfer Western credits to other colleges?
Western credits will transfer to most colleges. The process of transferring credits to another college is similar to transferring credits into Western. The other college will want a copy of your Western transcript and will evaluate the courses to be sure they are equivalent. http://www.westerntc.edu/programs/Transfer.aspx?PROGRAM_NBR=101043
Q: Who can I go to with questions?
Once you are enrolled in a program you will be assigned a faculty advisor. You will meet your advisor at orientation. You can go to your advisor with questions about homework, scheduling, stress, money, housing, etc. You can also go into the Welcome Center with questions and they will direct you to the right person.
Q: How do I contact a faculty member of the Marketing Program?
Here is a link to the Learn More page for the Marketing Program. On this page you will find all of the information you need to get in touch with Pam Culver and Shelly Wetzsteon, the Marketing instructors.
Q: What resources are available to me?
Western has many resources available to students. These resources include a library, math lab, academic learning center, many computer labs, and tutoring. http://www.westerntc.edu/services/
Questions You Never Knew To Ask
Q: How long will it take me to graduate?
You can graduate in 2 years if you take 18 credits a term or if you take summer classes. Most people need an extra term or 2 to graduate.
Q: I want to know more about classes and scheduling.
The Marketing Program courses must be taken in order. Some classes are only offered in the Fall term and some only in the Spring term. Talk to your advisor if you have more questions about scheduling. http://www.westerntc.edu/programs/Curriculum.aspx?PROGRAM_NBR=101043
Q: What is a typical Marketing class like?
Marketing classes are unlike any other class you have taken. Although the classes are considered lecture, you are not just sitting there staring at a powerpoint for hours. The teachers involve you in the discussion and you will be doing a lot of group work and collaborating with other students on homework and projects.
Q: What is the trimester system like?
Western has 3 15 week trimesters per school year. Marketing does not offer core classes during the summer trimester so many students take general education classes in the summer to help them stay on track to graduate in 2 years. Other Marketing students take the summer trimester off.
Can I test out of classes?
There are many general education classes that you can test out of. To do this you must take the Challenge exam. Contact your advisor to set up an appointment to take the test. http://www.westerntc.edu/transfer/challengeexam.aspx
What is the 2+2 program?
Viterbo and Western have partnered up and created the 2+2 program. There are certain programs that Viterbo will accept all credits from. With a two year Marketing degree from Western you can enter Viterbo as a junior and continue Marketing classes to get a Bachelor’s degree.