Best colleges in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin is where people live when they’re ready to experience a colorful autumn, some of the best cheese around, and of course a quality college education. There are 85 colleges in the state of Wisconsin, including a public university system, private colleges, and a few medical schools.* Popular majors in Wisconsin include psychology, mechanical engineering and various liberal arts studies. Grads get jobs quickly with a low unemployment rate and go on to work at impressive places like Astronautics Corporation of America, GE Healthcare, and Plexus Corp.*

During your off hours, there are plenty of things happening all around the state. World-class fishing, hiking to caves and waterfalls, and camping out under the stars are all popular activities that make Wisconsin a coveted state for nature lovers. Of course, sometimes you want to just kick back and relax indoors. Check out O’Davey’s Pub in Fond du Lac for their signature Bloody Mary. What makes it unique? The optional garnishes include a soft pretzel and a bag of popcorn or a cheeseburger!* And when you get sports fever, head out to Lambeau Field to freeze your bum off tailgating for Aaron Rodgers and the fan-owned Green Bay Packers. However you choose to pursue an education and enjoy your down time, Wisconsin is a state overflowing with natural beauty and plenty of man-made fun.

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Best Four Year Universities in Wisconsin

Beloit College
Beloit, WI

Beloit College offers 62 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2020, 307 students graduated with students earning 307 Bachelor's degrees.

Lawrence University
Appleton, WI

Lawrence University offers 42 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2020, 296 students graduated with students earning 296 Bachelor's degrees.

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The University of Wisconsin was founded in 1848 in Madison, Wisconsin and currently covers more than 10,000 acres along Lake Mendota. This university was the first in the University of Wisconsin System and offers over 130 academic departments for approximately 30,000 undergraduate students. The University of Wisconsin operates on a semester-based academic calendar with highly productive academic research institutes that specialize in a range of medical, pharmaceutical, and environmental studies. The graduation rate at UW is 84.8% and the school commands a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1, which is much lower than is typical for a flagship state institution. 

Outside of Madison, the Wisconsin State Universities System operates smaller campuses in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Parkside, which have higher acceptance rates and condensed class sizes. Prospective students should note that Wisconsin residents receive in-state tuition at a much lower rate than applicants from out-of-state. Lower tuition rates extend to students from Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. 

UW has a robust funding network that includes entities like the National Institutes of Health and General Motors, making it one of the top research universities in the midwest. UW athletic teams are represented by their campus mascot, Bucky Badger. They compete in the BIG10 and play home games at the famous Camp Randall Stadium. Notable alumni include pioneer of flight Charles Lindbergh, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and naturalist John Muir.

Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University offers 198 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 2,964 students graduated with students earning 1,836 Bachelor's degrees, 702 Master's degrees, 395 Doctoral degrees, and 31 Certificates.

Saint Norbert College
De Pere, WI

Saint Norbert College offers 72 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2020, 491 students graduated with students earning 457 Bachelor's degrees, 33 Master's degrees, and 1 Certificate.

Milwaukee School of Engineering offers 33 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 703 students graduated with students earning 582 Bachelor's degrees, and 121 Master's degrees.

Ripon College
Ripon, WI

Ripon College offers 35 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2020, 129 students graduated with students earning 129 Bachelor's degrees.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers 80 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2020, 2,417 students graduated with students earning 2,053 Bachelor's degrees, 272 Master's degrees, 51 Doctoral degrees, 38 Certificates, and 3 Associate's degrees.

Herzing University-Brookfield offers 63 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 157 students graduated with students earning 82 Certificates, 58 Bachelor's degrees, 14 Associate's degrees, and 3 Master's degrees.

Carroll University
Waukesha, WI

Carroll University offers 84 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2020, 747 students graduated with students earning 543 Bachelor's degrees, 127 Master's degrees, and 77 Doctoral degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Wisconsin

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 2020, 69 students graduated with students earning 48 Certificates, and 21 Associate's degrees.

Moraine Park Technical College offers 102 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2020, 677 students graduated with students earning 368 Associate's degrees, and 309 Certificates.

Lakeshore Technical College offers 117 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2020, 633 students graduated with students earning 365 Associate's degrees, and 268 Certificates.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College offers 90 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2020, 742 students graduated with students earning 409 Certificates, and 333 Associate's degrees.

Fox Valley Technical College offers 169 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2020, 1,668 students graduated with students earning 978 Associate's degrees, and 690 Certificates.

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College offers 70 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2020, 443 students graduated with students earning 244 Associate's degrees, and 199 Certificates.

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College offers 20 degree programs. It's a very small, public, four-year university in a faraway rural area. In 2020, 48 students graduated with students earning 35 Associate's degrees, and 13 Certificates.

Gateway Technical College offers 128 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2020, 1,110 students graduated with students earning 752 Associate's degrees, and 358 Certificates.

Chippewa Valley Technical College offers 127 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2020, 1,222 students graduated with students earning 781 Associate's degrees, and 441 Certificates.

Nicolet Area Technical College offers 61 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2020, 208 students graduated with students earning 120 Associate's degrees, and 88 Certificates.

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School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Beloit College Logo Beloit College Beloit, WI
5/5
11 : 1 978
Lawrence University Logo Lawrence University Appleton, WI
5/5
8 : 1 1,430
University of Wisconsin-Madison Logo University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI
3/5
19 : 1 44,640
Marquette University Logo Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
5/5
16 : 1 11,550
Saint Norbert College Logo Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
5/5
15 : 1 1,939