Saturday – October 25, 2014

 

Who Goes Here?

MATC StudentsMATC 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 19,000 students in the spring 2013 semester received financial aid (includes grants, loans, scholarships, sponsorships and work study employment).

A breakdown of our student body by ethnicity:

  • White - 44%
  • African American - 32%
  • Hispanic - 16%
  • Asian American - 5%
  • Multiracial - 2%
  • Native American/Alaskan Native - 1%

MATC Students studyingIn recent years, students' per-capita credit load has edged upward; many appear to be intensifying their studies and reaching their goals sooner. The number of new students admitted directly from high school who attend college full time is also on the rise.

This doesn't change the fact that MATC was built for working students.

  • Part-time attendees comprise a majority of our total population.

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 29) than at traditional four-year colleges.

We remain deeply committed to occupational training.

  • Thirty-eight percent of all students are pursuing associate degrees.
  • Slightly more than one-fourth of all students are continuing their education to advance existing careers.

MATC Student at computerIncreasing numbers of people are striving for bachelor's degrees and beyond. Over the last five years, they have comprised the fastest growing segment of MATC students.

This trend appears dramatically in the college's statistics on annual full-time-equivalent enrollment ("FTE"). FTE equals the total number of full loads taught by MATC faculty in an academic year, with a full load defined as 30 credits.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences students on their way to four-year degrees currently account for 26% of FTE, and that percentage is climbing.
  • That percentage does not include the thousands of students enrolled in occupational programs that also can lead to four-year degrees.

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 Badger Track, aligned with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Panther Tracks, aligned with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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 instruction in Foundry programHands-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.

When graduates are asked their reasons for attending MATC, 31% say they needed job training, with quick employment as their goal. Graduates' additional reasons for attending:

  • 31% wanted to change careers.
  • 17% were preparing for further education.
  • 13% were here to improve skills.
  • 8% were pursuing a personal interest or taking classes for other reasons.

In considering whether to go here, we invite you to explore these other informational resources on matc.edu:

Why MATC
The MATC Story
MATC in Action
Annual Report
Graduate Report