Wisconsin Colleges Summary

The state of Wisconsin has an extensive public higher education system that features 26 campuses spread across the state including a site in the state's capital city of Madison. This University of Wisconsin group includes both 2- and 4-year schools. Distance learning is available through many of these campuses as well as through private colleges in Wisconsin, such as Edgewood College, in Madison, and Ripon College, in Ripon. The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities has 24 member schools. Other colleges in Wisconsin include 24 members of the Wisconsin Technical College System and two Tribal Colleges.

Improving Student Access to Higher Education in Wisconsin

One initiative that may be helpful to students looking at universities in Wisconsin is the "Wisconsin Grants" campaign, which focuses on providing more grants to increase student access to higher education. Another initiative aimed at helping students to gain more choice is the Minnesota-Wisconsin Tuition Reciprocity Agreement. This gives Wisconsin students access to public schools in Minnesota at in-state tuition rates.

Wisconsin Colleges: A Few Highlights

The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay offers undergraduate and graduate studies as well as online learning. To meet more student needs, a Veteran's Lounge was recently opened. At the University of Wisconsin at Superior, located in the northwestern portion of the state, close to Lake Superior, offers students a range of unique programs such as art therapy and transportation and logistics management. Madison Area Technical College could be a good choice for students looking for a job-oriented education. Students can find apprenticeship programs, online learning and diploma, certificate and associate degree programs.

For more on public institutions of higher education in Wisconsin, see http://heab.state.wi.us/


  • Fast Facts, University of Wisconsin at Superior, Accessed March 2018, https://www.uwsuper.edu/about/fast-facts.cfm
  • State of Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board, Higher Education Aids Board, Accessed March 2018, http://heab.state.wi.us/
  • University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, Accessed March 2018, http://www.uwgb.edu/
  • Why Choose Madison College, Madison Area Technical College, Accessed March 2018, https://madisoncollege.edu/careers-programs-classes

Education Institutes in Wisconsin
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Wisconsin
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Wisconsin
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison43,463Four or more years$10,555467
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukee27,012Four or more years$9,588228
University of Wisconsin-OshkoshOshkosh16,410Four or more years$7,621100
Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeMilwaukee15,278At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,589177
Madison Area Technical CollegeMadison15,250Four or more years$4,407165
University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterWhitewater13,059Four or more years$7,69273
Fox Valley Technical CollegeAppleton11,709At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,565121
Marquette UniversityMilwaukee11,605Four or more years$41,870186
University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireEau Claire11,604Four or more years$8,82086
Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeGreen Bay11,505At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,479137
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseLa Crosse10,597Four or more years$9,10767
University of Wisconsin-Stevens PointStevens Point9,086Four or more years$8,23983
University of Wisconsin-PlattevillePlatteville8,955Four or more years$7,79660
University of Wisconsin-StoutMenomonie8,770Four or more years$9,45779
University of Wisconsin-Green BayGreen Bay8,566Four or more years$7,87854

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/