Wednesday – September 28, 2016
MATC offers an incredibly broad range of educational services. We are unique in Wisconsin, and our student body is richly diverse. Here you will encounter everyone from immigrants learning English to university graduates continuing their professional development.
Our student demographics range across the entire spectrum. We view our diversity as a tremendous source of strength.
We especially pride ourselves on serving students who face economic and other challenges, yet remain in school:
- Many students are the first members of their families to go to college.
- Slightly less than one-third of MATC students are low-income.
- About 13,800 students in the 2014-15 fiscal year received financial aid (includes grants, loans, scholarships and work-study employment).
A breakdown of our student body by ethnicity:
- White - 42%
- African American - 32%
- Hispanic - 17%
- Asian American - 6%
- Multiracial - 2%
- Native American/Alaskan Native - 1%
The number of new students admitted directly from high school who attend college full time is on the rise, however part-time attendees comprise a majority of our total population.
MATC offers many services and course offerings to fit the needs and schedules of working students.
While we do not gather research on the number who are raising families, all indications point to a substantial percentage. More than 40% of our students are taking evening, weekend and online classes.
- The number of students with jobs and families partially explains why our student population is somewhat older (average age 30) than at traditional four-year colleges.
We remain deeply committed to occupational training. For MATC December 2013 and May 2014 graduates, their reasons for attending MATC were:
- Prepare for a job: 33%
- Career change: 29%
- Prepare for further education: 18%
- Improve existing skills: 13%
- Personal interest: 7%
Increasing numbers of people are striving for bachelor's degrees and beyond. Accordingly, since 2002, the college has more than tripled the number of credit transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities, including guaranteed-admission programs such as those aligned with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
A list of the hundreds of four-year college/university transfer agreements can be found at www.matc.edu/student/currentstudent/credittransfer/agreements.cfm
In terms of head count – the total number of people taking classes at MATC – liberal arts transfer students make up 10% of our population.
- Program students (pursuing a degree or diploma) - 47%
- College-preparatory studies - 24%
- Taking courses for continuing education or personal enrichment - 20%
Hands-on, job-focused skills training always will remain a strong focus of MATC because it is important to our students, and because it contributes to a strong local economy.
In considering whether to go here, we invite you to explore these other informational resources on matc.edu: