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Youth Options

Youth Options is a statewide program that allows public high school students to take college courses tuition free, saving both time and money on completing a college degree. Youth Options participants must be juniors or seniors in high school and be in the top 25% of their high school class. All courses must be pre-approved by your school district.

How to Start: 

  1. Complete the DPI Youth Options Application and submit to your school counselor for approval.
  2. Apply online at
    • Create an account and select UW-Parkside
    • Under Reason for Applying, select Undergraduate Special
    • Under Applying, select Youth Options
    • Complete the application and indicate intended courses
  3. Submit an Official High School transcript and ACT Score
  4. Turn in all paperwork by the deadlines:
      • District Paperwork Deadline: Your paperwork is due to your district no later than March 1 (for fall enrollment) or October 1 (for spring enrollment). You must present this paperwork every semester you plan to participate in the program. 
      • Parkside Application Deadline:  Your online application to Parkside is due no later than June 1 (for fall enrollment) or December 1 (for spring enrollment.)
  5. General Information
    • Youth Options is available only for fall and spring semester.
    • After admission, you must attend a mandatory Youth Options Orientation and Registration session.
    • Sign up for Orientation and Course Registration.  The Spring 2018 Orientation is scheduled for January 26 from 8:00am - 12:00pm. All students must attend Orientation to be eligible to participate in Youth Options.
    • If you are planning to take a Math, English or Foreign Language course, you must take a Placement Test. Register for Placement Testing.


Contact us using the information below.


General Program Questions, Application Process, and Admissions Info

Course Registration and Youth Options Orientation

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345

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