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/