Set on the western shore of Lake Michigan, students attending Milwaukee colleges can enjoy a vibrant nightlife, award-winning restaurants and brewpubs, cultural events, and a lively music and arts scene. The city hosts dozens of festivals each year. It also boasts one of the safest, most walkable downtowns in the country. Getting around Milwaukee is easy thanks to bikeshares, rideshares, buses and streetcars. There are also miles of trails and bike paths through green spaces and along the riverfront.
High school students who attend public and private schools in Wisconsin can get a head start on college by earning college credit while working toward their high school diploma through the state's Early College Credit program. Credits may be used toward a degree program at one of the colleges in Milwaukee.
There are two primary technical colleges in Milwaukee and two that focus on cosmetology programs. Of the techincal schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) is a comprehensive two-year institution. The school offers more than 200 associate degree programs, technical diploma programs, and certificate and apprentice programs. Areas of study include business, health sciences, liberal arts and science, media and creative arts, technology MATC has three campuses and education/community centers in Milwaukee. Milwaukee Career College offers programs in the dental, medical and veterinary fields.
The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee is a nationally renowned research university. The school partners with companies to develop products and prepare students to work in a global economy.
The Milwaukee School of Engineering is known for serious studies and time-honored traditions, including lighthearted events like a fishbowl toss.
Students looking for a faith-based institution can choose from several Christian universities in Milwaukee, including Marquette University, Mount Mary University, Cardinal Stritch University, and Wisconsin Lutheran College, which is a member of the NCAA Division III and Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.
More than 10 Milwaukee colleges offer advanced degree programs. Some of these are campus-based programs and others may be completed online.
The Medical College of Wisconsin offers graduate programs with a biomedical and public health focus, medical school, pharmacy school, and residency and fellowship programs. And Milwaukee School of Engineering offers master's degree programs in engineering (general and specific), engineering marketing and product management, nursing, MBA, education leadership, and STEM leadership.
If you'd like to learn about other higher education opportunities in the state, see our list of Wisconsin colleges.