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Mid-State Technical College

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Located in a relatively rural area right in the heart of the state of Wisconsin, Mid-State Technical College (also referred to as MSTC, its initials) has three separate though not very distant campuses in the communities of Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point. Mid-State Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (which groups 15 other similar schools), and it is a public institution of a non-profit nature. It has been operating as of 1979.

Mid-State Technical College has broadened its program offerings over the course of the years, and currently it has more than 50 different programs available that culminate in technical diplomas, certificates or associate degrees.


Accreditation is granted to Mid-State Technical College by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ Higher Learning Commission, and individual programs receive additional accreditation in several cases.

The school is divided into eight distinct academic divisions with various possible programs in each: they are the divisions of Agribusiness & Urban Forestry, Business & Information Technology, Electronics Technology, Manufacturing & Process Technology, Health, Protective & Consumer Services, Renewable Energy, and Transportation Technology. The school is particularly well-known for its programs in nursing and emergency medicine, which count for the largest proportion of degrees conferred each year. They are followed in volume by those granted in the areas of business and management, medical support and technology, and security and law enforcement.

MSTC has begun offering online and distance education opportunities to its students, and such study formats are available for several different program areas. Similarly, new computer based training programs have also been launched, in most cases to supplement rather than replace class-based learning. The school also offers continuing education opportunities for those people that have been out in the workforce but want to return to school (for just a few classes or for a degree) to touch up their skills set.

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Mid-State Technical College observes an open admissions policy as is typical for an institution of its kind; qualified applicants are accepted almost without exception. Students apply for admission to a particular program and not to the school as a whole.

The application process is simple and entails submitting the application materials along with the $30 fee, providing an official high school diploma or GED certificate as well as official transcripts (including college experience, if applicable) and furthermore taking the Accuplacer assessment test or equivalent exam.

When simply intending to take an isolated class or two instead of enrolling in a full program (associate, diploma, certificate, apprenticeship, etc.) it is not necessary to submit a formal application.


The student body at MSTC is almost entirely composed of in-state students. Though the level of students served annually is considerably greater when you factor in summer sessions and the fact that not all students remain for the entire year, in a given semester the school has average enrollment levels of between 2,500 and 3,000 students. Of these, a little over half are full-time students. The average age of degree-seeking students at MSTC is 28 years old, though according to the school the most representative age group is the 20-24 bracket. Women constitute the majority of students (around two-thirds of the population), a common phenomenon in schools all across the country. Full time students constitute a bit more than half the total student body.

The school’s three different campuses offer various different activities to the student body, though to be certain this is a commuter school that offers no on-campus housing. Nonetheless, other amenities are available on-campus such as a cafeteria, computer labs, career services counselors, etc. Many different student organizations and clubs have flourished at MSTC, such as the Civil Technology Club, the Corrections Student Organization, the Student Society for Arboriculture, and the Students Environmentally United for a Sustainable Society group.

Student Enrollment Demographics


MSTC has a reduced athletics program, which is essentially limited to the men’s basketball and the women’s volleyball teams—the Cougars, as the school mascot happens to be in this case. The school’s sports uniform colors are white and gold. The school competes in the Wisconsin Technical College Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Information Summary

Ranks 52nd in Wisconsin and 2109th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 3 0.02
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 103 0.56
Larceny 704 3.82
Vehicle theft 17 0.09

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6031st for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population27,612 (21,171 urban / 6,441 rural)
Households10,932 (2.48 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,603
Families7,657 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5503

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4296th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,666 $3,666 $5,499
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $331 $331 $331
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $133 $133 $194
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,573 $5,573 $7,406
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,861 $15,861 $17,694
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,299 $9,299 $11,132

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,675 $3,826 $3,675 $3,826 $5,354 $5,579
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400 $1,472
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,258 $6,450
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,346 $3,556
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,346 $3,556

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 5 6 23 3 865 16 935
Accounting 2 23 1 26
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 7 8
Agricultural Production Operations, General 5 5
Agricultural Production Operations, Other 1 1
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 13 14
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Other 3 3
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 3 3
Bioinformatics 9 9
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 3 5
Business Administration and Management, General 2 1 58 1 64
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 4 4
Clinical Research Coordinator 2 2
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 16 16
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 25 1 26
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation
Corrections 8 8
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 50 1 52
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 16 1 18
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 4 5
Electrical and Power Transmission Installers, Other 5 1 6
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 4 5
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 26 1 29
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 17 18
Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design 1 27 28
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 10 10
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician 6 6
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 2 2
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 3 3
Instrumentation Technology/Technician 6 6
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 5 6
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 11 11
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 15 15
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Medical/Clinical Assistant 4 38 1 43
Metal Building Assembly/Assembler
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 2
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 3 2 9 1 276 7 302
Operations Management and Supervision 1 1 8 10
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 1 1 25 29
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter 3 3
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 1 1
Precision Systems Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 65 67
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 13 14
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 11 12
Transportation and Highway Engineering 6 6
Urban Forestry 18 1 19
Welding Technology/Welder 1 12 13

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1105th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,292 ($72,471 male / $70,991 female)
Number of FT Faculty 80 (35 male / 45 female)
Number of PT Faculty 182
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $4,526,812

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