Milwaukee Colleges and Schools

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.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools 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.

Fun Facts about Milwaukee Colleges and Universities

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.

Graduate Schools in Milwaukee

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.


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  • Visit Milwaukee, Accessed December 2018,
  • National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator, Accessed December 2018,
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  • Milwaukee Career College, Accessed December 2018,
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Accessed December 2018,
  • Marquette University, Accessed December 2018,
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Education Institutes in Milwaukee
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 Milwaukee
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 Milwaukee
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology76Four or more yearsN/A2
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee27,012Four or more years$9,588228
Wisconsin Lutheran College1,248Four or more years$29,72555
Empire Beauty School-Milwaukee117Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Cardinal Stritch University2,148Four or more years$29,99874
Purdue University Global-Milwaukee284Four or more years$14,34393
University of Phoenix-WisconsinN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Marquette University11,605Four or more years$41,870186
Milwaukee Area Technical College15,278At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,589177
Milwaukee School of Engineering2,820Four or more years$40,74940
Mount Mary University1,339Four or more years$30,10085
Montessori Institute of Milwaukee57Four or more yearsN/A1
Alverno College1,851Four or more years$28,30277
Medical College of Wisconsin1,413Four or more yearsN/A26
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design756Four or more years$37,36011

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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