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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.

Sources:

  • U.S. News & World Report, Living in Milwaukee, Accessed December 2018, https://realestate.usnews.com/places/wisconsin/milwaukee
  • Visit Milwaukee, Accessed December 2018, https://www.visitmilwaukee.org/
  • National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator, Accessed December 2018, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College, Accessed December 2018, https://www.matc.edu/
  • Milwaukee Career College, Accessed December 2018, https://mkecc.edu/
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Accessed December 2018, https://uwm.edu/
  • Marquette University, Accessed December 2018, https://www.marquette.edu/
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College, Accessed December 2018, https://www.wlc.edu/
  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Accessed December 2018, https://www.mcw.edu/
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering, Accessed December 2018, https://www.msoe.edu/

Education Institutes in Milwaukee
Total Number of Educational Institutes
20
Total Enrollment in all institutes
63,773
Number of Public Educational Institutes
3
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
7
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
10
Graduation Rate
22.47%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
3,917
On Campus and Online Programs in Milwaukee
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
N/A
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
N/A
Number of Institutes Offering both
20
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Milwaukee
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesPrograms Offered
Alverno College1,942Four or more years$28,27775
Marquette University11,426Four or more years$39,900180
Medical College of Wisconsin1,385Four or more yearsN/A26
Milwaukee Area Technical College14,012At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,491148
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design660Four or more years$36,23011
Milwaukee School of Engineering2,823Four or more years$39,42934
Mount Mary University1,399Four or more years$29,51083
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology78Four or more yearsN/A2
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee24,988Four or more years$9,565167
Montessori Institute of Milwaukee19Four or more yearsN/A1
Milwaukee Career College267At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A5
The Institute of Beauty and Wellness213At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A7
Cardinal Stritch University2,355Four or more years$28,84474
Bryant & Stratton College-Milwaukee152Four or more years$15,90223
Wisconsin Lutheran College1,114Four or more years$29,14053
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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