Madison Colleges and Schools

Madison, Wisconsin, is the kind of place where college students can find plenty of things to enjoy outside the classroom. From over 200 miles of hiking trails to beautiful lakeside retreats to the country's largest producer-only farmer's market, there's a rich mix of activities in the City of Four Lakes. Spectator sports are huge here, as are family-friendly arts and culture and a thriving nightlife scene. Here's what aspiring students at colleges or universities in Madison need to know about the higher education offerings in the city.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Madison

Madison Area Technical College, founded in 1912, is the second largest institution of the Wisconsin Technical College System. It provides certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs in areas such as agricultural technology, animation, culinary arts, marketing, veterinary technician, nursing and more.

Those interested in cosmetology colleges in Madison can explore options at Paul Mitchell the School, Aveda Institute, and the Academy of Beauty Professionals.

The East-West Healing Arts Institute massage school also offers training and continuing education programs.

Fun Facts about Madison Colleges and Universities

Madison's largest institution of higher learning is the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Established in 1848, this public land-grant university and research institution is home to 13 schools and colleges. Students can embark on over 200 undergraduate majors and a whopping 250 master's, doctoral and professional programs.

Those looking for a smaller, more intimate educational atmosphere can look to Edgewood College. This Catholic school, founded in the Dominican tradition, aims to help students pursue "lives of ethical leadership, service, and a lifelong search for truth." More than 60 majors are available, including those in accounting, education, political science and women's and gender studies.

Graduate Schools in Madison

Those looking for graduate colleges in Madison can embark on a variety of master's and doctoral programs at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Popular programs, such as business and nursing, are well-represented, but some obscure programs are also available, such as plant pathology, Scandinavian studies, water resources engineering and cancer biology.

At Edgewood College, the most popular master's and doctoral programs are in the field of education.

Herzing University's most popular master's program by far is nursing.

To see a full list of postsecondary education opportunities in the state, visit our Wisconsin colleges pages.


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Education Institutes in Madison
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 Madison
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,
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Colleges and Universities in Madison
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Madison Area Technical College15,250Four or more years$4,407165
Paul Mitchell the School-Madison53Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
East-West Healing Arts Institute10Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Aveda Institute-Madison102Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A5
University of Wisconsin Colleges Flex186At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A1
Edgewood College2,190Four or more years$29,50076
University of Wisconsin CollegesN/AFour or more years$5,1722
University of Wisconsin-System AdministrationN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
University of Wisconsin-Madison43,463Four or more years$10,555467
University of Wisconsin ExtensionN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Herzing University-Madison2,140Four or more years$14,00033
House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals27Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A5
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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