How to Apply

Blackhawk Technical College maintains an open-door admissions policy for all prospective students. This means that anyone may enroll in courses to learn new skills or improve existing skills. Admissions requirements vary from program to program, but generally include submitting the following materials:

  • Application - Apply Online here.
  • Transcripts - Official high school transcripts or GED/HSED certificate is required for admission to Blackhawk. Official college transcripts are only required to receive credit for prior learning and may be considered for course placement.
    • Request official copies of all academic transcripts, including high school, GED, HSED, college or university (if you want your transcripts reviewed for credit transfer). Contact each institution and ask to have your official transcripts sent directly to the Admissions Office. 
    • Transcripts will be evaluated for credit transfer after you have been admitted to the college. This process may take up to 6 weeks.


Once students submit the application and official high school transcripts or GED/HSED certificate students will be accepted to Blackhawk.

Next Steps

Placement Testing

Students complete a placement test and scores are used to determine appropriate course placement -- students cannot fail the placement test. Blackhawk offers the Next-Generation Accuplacer assessment for FREE. Students will need to bring a photo ID with them when they test. If a re-test is necessary, a fee must be paid and a receipt must be presented prior to taking a test. Note: Blackhawk also accepts ACT/SAT scores to be used for course placement.

Next-Generation Accuplacer is an untimed assessment taken on a computer that measures skills in reading, language usage, and numerical skills. Testing accommodations are available in the Student Success Center by calling (608) 743-4422, deaf/hh call Relay 711.

Advising, Registration, and Orientation (ARO) Session

Once you have either submitted your ACT or SAT scores, or taken the placement exam, the next step is to attend an Advising, Registration and Orientation Session. The link to sign up for an ARO Session will be sent to your personal email in the acceptance letter. This ARO session will include meeting your advisor, reviewing your academic plan and registering for classes. Additional information regarding financial aid, payment plans, books, tools, and supplies will be discussed.

Pay Tuition and Fees

Paying your tuition and additional fees can happen at any time during the registration process, however, many new students pay after they have registered for classes. If you need financial assistance, our Paying for College page can provide you more information about financial aidpayment plansscholarships and other types of awards. Please note, you will not be able to attend class if you have not paid your tuition or set up a payment plan. 

Fast Track Days

Whether you already registered or still need to apply, join us during one of our Fast Track Days. These events are designed to help you get ready for the upcoming semester. Meet with faculty, get your student ID, purchase books, take a tour and learn about campus and community resources.