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.


  • Request official copies of all academic transcripts, including high school, GED, HSED, college or university. Contact each institution and ask to have your official transcripts mailed directly to the Admissions Office. If you choose to have the transcripts mailed to you, do not open the envelope – they are not official if the envelope has been opened.
  • If you are still in high school, send a transcript of the courses you have completed along with a list of the courses to be taken prior to graduation. When you graduate, ask your high school to send a final transcript, showing your date of graduation.
  • 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, official high school transcripts and any/all official college/university transcripts, students will be accepted to BTC.

Next Steps


Following your acceptance to the college, your first step toward completing the registration process is to take a placement test. Placement tests help us check the academic skill levels of entering students. This requirement is waived is you submit transcripts showing have have earned an Associate or Bachelor Degree from an accredited institution. New students can either:

  • Take the Accuplacer exam
    • The Accuplacer test is FREE and no appointment is needed to do the exam. Students can retest one time for $10.
    • Please bring a valid student ID.
  • Or submit your official copy of your ACT or SAT scores 

Advising & Registration (AR) Session

Once you have either submitted your ACT or SAT scores, or taken the placement exam, the next step is to attend an Advising and Registration Session. We will send you a link to your personal and BTC email allowing you to sign up for an AR Session. This AR session will include meeting your advisor, planning and creating an 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. 

Welcome Week

Once you have completed your placement exam, attended an Advising and Registration Session and paid your tuition, the final step before starting classes is to attend Welcome Week.