Best colleges in Milwaukee

The Brew

A Great Place on a Great Lake

Although Milwaukee houses just short of 20 colleges and universities, a recent study ranked it 6th on a list of US cities with the highest number of college students per 100 residents.* Popular job prospects look to be in the field of construction, manufacturing, transportation, and retail, so degrees in construction, engineering, and business will open numerous careers options for you.* In 2009, Fortune Magazine’s list of “World Most Admired Companies” named 5 Milwaukee companies leaders in their industries. Republic Airlines, wind and solar equipment manufacturer, Ingeteam, and train manufacturer, Talgo are planning to add 1200 new jobs to the Milwaukee area. In the last year alone, there has been a 62.4% increase in jobs.* In fact, the Brew City has maintained a below average unemployment rate for the last 30 years!*

Milwaukee earned its nicknames, “The Brew,” and “Brewtown,” when it was once home to the four largest beer breweries, producing more beer than any other city in the world.* Today, Miller Brewing Company and Leinenkugel’s Brewery are two of the more popular companies still intact and currently operating.* Residents flock to Lake Michigan and Milwaukee River to enjoy sailing, windsurfing, and other water activities.* You might also enjoy visiting “The Pabst Mansion” or the Harley Davidson museum. Voted as the 5th best US city in which to retire, and the 2nd safest largest metropolitan area, you may come for your degree, but you’ll decide to settle down and stay once you’re here!*

*Wikipedia, “Milwaukee” *city-data.com *milwaukeedowntown.com *businessweek.com *bizjournals.com *Milwaukee 7

Best Four Year Universities in Milwaukee

Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University offers 195 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,853 students graduated with students earning 1,767 Bachelor's degrees, 651 Master's degrees, 410 Doctoral degrees, and 25 Certificates.

Milwaukee School of Engineering offers 45 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 667 students graduated with students earning 540 Bachelor's degrees, 116 Master's degrees, and 11 Certificates.

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Carroll University
Waukesha, WI

Carroll University offers 82 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 885 students graduated with students earning 642 Bachelor's degrees, 167 Master's degrees, and 76 Doctoral degrees.

Mount Mary University
Milwaukee, WI

Mount Mary University offers 86 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 411 students graduated with students earning 212 Master's degrees, 169 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Certificates, and 15 Doctoral degrees.

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 128 students graduated with students earning 128 Bachelor's degrees.

Concordia University-Wisconsin offers 181 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,495 students graduated with students earning 664 Bachelor's degrees, 600 Master's degrees, 120 Doctoral degrees, 95 Certificates, and 16 Associate's degrees.

Alverno College
Milwaukee, WI

Alverno College offers 89 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 494 students graduated with students earning 272 Bachelor's degrees, 163 Master's degrees, 52 Certificates, 4 Associate's degrees, and 3 Doctoral degrees.

Herzing University-Brookfield offers 70 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 99 students graduated with students earning 62 Bachelor's degrees, 19 Associate's degrees, 15 Certificates, and 3 Master's degrees.

Wisconsin Lutheran College offers 76 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 279 students graduated with students earning 228 Bachelor's degrees, 34 Master's degrees, and 17 Certificates.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers 247 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 5,478 students graduated with students earning 3,392 Bachelor's degrees, 1,183 Master's degrees, 429 Certificates, 243 Associate's degrees, and 231 Doctoral degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Career College
Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Career College offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 138 students graduated with students earning 116 Certificates, and 22 Associate's degrees.

Waukesha County Technical College offers 87 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,869 students graduated with students earning 1,203 Certificates, and 666 Associate's degrees.

Milwaukee Area Technical College offers 202 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 3,561 students graduated with students earning 2,306 Certificates, and 1,255 Associate's degrees.

List of all colleges in Milwaukee

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Marquette University Logo Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
5/5
17 : 1 11,819
Milwaukee School of Engineering Logo Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
5/5
17 : 1 2,746
Carroll University Logo Carroll University Waukesha, WI
5/5
25 : 1 3,449
Mount Mary University Logo Mount Mary University Milwaukee, WI
5/5
20 : 1 1,246
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Logo Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee, WI
5/5
17 : 1 870
Concordia University-Wisconsin Logo Concordia University-Wisconsin Mequon, WI
5/5
24 : 1 5,777
Milwaukee Career College Logo Milwaukee Career College Milwaukee, WI   19 : 1 189
Alverno College Logo Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
5/5
20 : 1 1,744
Herzing University-Brookfield Logo Herzing University-Brookfield Brookfield, WI
3/5
29 : 1 559
VICI Beauty School Logo VICI Beauty School Greenfield, WI     120
Wisconsin Lutheran College Logo Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee, WI
5/5
18 : 1 1,148
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Logo University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
3/5
24 : 1 25,731
Cardinal Stritch University Logo Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
5/5
26 : 1 1,896
The Institute of Beauty and Wellness Logo The Institute of Beauty and Wellness Milwaukee, WI     235
Waukesha County Technical College Logo Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
2/5
39 : 1 7,467
Milwaukee Area Technical College Logo Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
2/5
28 : 1 14,482
Empire Beauty School-Milwaukee Logo Empire Beauty School-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI     125
Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa Logo Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa Wauwatosa, WI
4/5
28 : 1 1,416
Columbia College of Nursing Logo Columbia College of Nursing Glendale, WI
5/5
11 : 1 122
Medical College of Wisconsin Logo Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI     1,477