Colleges in Milwaukee

Colleges in Milwaukee

The fifth-largest city in the Midwest, Milwaukee in the state of Wisconsin is home to more than half a million people. The Gamma global city is known for its festivals, beer, watersports, and variety of ethnic food. Along with the food options, Milwaukee is also home to sixteen institutions of higher education, including a yeshiva.

The largest institution in the entire Milwaukee metropolitan area is the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. The public, urban, research university serves more than 25,000 students on its 102-acres of land, which, on top of hosting 14 colleges, has the only graduate school of freshwater science in the nation.

Milwaukee features a number of religious institutions, some of which feature liberal arts curriculum, including Concordia University Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Marquette University, and Mount Mary University. Mount Mary serves only woman at the undergraduate level, and was the first and only woman’s 4-year Catholic college in the state, but now offers coeducational graduate programs. Serving more than 11,000 students, Marquette claims the title of largest private institution in the state, as well as one of the largest Jesuit institutions in the nation. It was also the first co-ed Catholic institution in the world when it began accepting women back in 1909.

Also headquartered in the City of Festivals is the Medical College of Wisconsin, a private medical and graduate school. It is only one of two medical schools in the state. With the closure of the Art Institute of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design is the remaining purveying of Bachelor’s of Fine Art in the Historic Third Ward, one of the city’s art districts. Milwaukee is also home to the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Milwaukee offers several options for public transport being serviced by intercity rail and bus systems, as well as high speed auto and passenger water ferries, and two airports. The majority of residents rely on their automobiles, but the city, overall, has a high walkability rating, especially in more densely-populated areas.  

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Founded in 1881 by the first Archbishop of Milwaukee, Marquette University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Milwaukee. Marquette is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 80 academic majors combining focus on the...

“…Marquette is a place where you can be challenged academically but still enjoy your classes.The topics, even the ones required in the Core of Common Studies, are interesting and will definitely help you in the future. The professors not only teach you...” – Nicole from Burbank, IL

Part of the University of Wisconsin system, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a 4-year public school and the largest university in Milwaukee. UWM confers degrees in over 195 academic programs and the university is one of two doctoral-degree...

“…classes and academic programs are great. i enjoy my classes and the people and teachers i have them with. ” – RaNetta from Milwaukee, WI

With campus on the shore of Lake Michigan, Carthage College is a liberal arts college in southeast Wisconsin affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Carthage offers bachelor’s degrees in over 50 areas of study and every major includes a...

“…Carthage is about meeting new people and feeding off others ideas and outlooks on life. In most traditional colleges an intellectual development is highly stressed, but here you are encouraged to grow spiritually , socially, and emotionally into a...” – Alicia from Zion, IL

Carroll University is a selective liberal arts college located Waukesha, Wisconsin, with an affiliation to the Presbyterian Church. Established in 1846, Carroll University was the first 4-year higher learning institution in the state and began with...

“…A perfect private university experience. Carroll offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to excel. Carroll professors almost always know students by name, and care about student success.” – Chealse from Lafayette, IN

Concordia University is a private liberal arts institution based in Mequon, Wisconsin. It is a member of the Concordia University System and is administered by the Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod. Popular fields of study include nursing, occupational...

“…Concordia is a community oriented university interested in the success of all of its past, present, and future students. This university is constantly trying to update, remodel, and stay up to date with the latest and nicest facilities and technology...” – Taylor from Waupaca, WI

With campus a short walk from the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee School of Engineering is an engineering and science college in downtown Milwaukee. MSOE confers undergraduate degrees in 18 science and business-related fields of...

“…The education is challenging, but the classes help with resume building experience. Being on campus helps me realize the stresses of living on your own. The campus is very accommodating for the events that are created and the location of where the...” – Kail from Milwaukee, WI

Chartered in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Alverno College is a Catholic women’s college in Milwaukee. Alverno confers bachelor’s degrees in 35 academic majors and 27 minors. In addition, Alverno eliminates letter grades and provides...

“…this is a great school for students who can adapt to an all women school. they are excellent for nursing majors. they do offer spacious and convenient dorms for those who want to stay on campus.” – Nadine from Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a public institution based in Somers, WI. It is a land-grant institution with a “selective” admissions process. Top fields of study include communications, sport and fitness management, and marketing. The...

“…it's a very small campus, but it's what you make out of it. everyone is friendly, and it's easy to make friends. the class work is never too much.” – Sarah from Mequon, WI

Cardinal Stritch University is a 4-year private Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. While the school’s focus is on its Catholic foundations, it also offers a wide variety of courses in traditional subjects such as...

“…I've recently re-entered the academic arena, and have found the experience exciting. The Cardinal Stritch University family have been very supportive and encouraging.” – JAMES from MILWAUKEE, WI

Mount Mary University is a 4-year nonprofit institution located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This private, Catholic university was founded in 1913 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and offers more than 30 undergraduate degrees and 9 graduate degrees....

“…This school is amazing because the staff is so helpful and friendly. The campus is beautiful and inviting. I begin this college in the fall and I am excited to be able to go to a really prestigous school with a great reputation. ” – Sara from Waukesha, WI

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Milwaukee. WLC offers over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs, which feature small class sizes, one-on-one mentoring with faculty, and a Christian learning...

“…This small school has all I want. Personalized help with classes, majors and life on campus is always available. Private schools can be expensive, but financial aid is always a big help in finding grants and scholarships.” – Rebekah from Brookfield, WI

Milwaukee Area Technical College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Wisconsin. Along with MATC’s main campus, the college also maintains three satellite locations in Mequon, Oak Creek, and West Allis. MATC’s academics feature a...

“…Milwaukee Area Technical College is very student orientated and helpful with hands-on experience regarding your program. MATC, with all four campuses, serves Milwaukee by offering a variety of technical programs that will prepare us students for the...” – Willmar from Milwaukee, WI

Gateway Technical College is a technical school serving southeast Wisconsin. It maintains 9 campuses and centers, offers more than 70 associate degrees and diplomas, and has transfer agreements with more than 47 schools. Through the Transcripted...

“…Gateway is a great school whether you're receiving an associate degree, a certificate, or just taking a class for fun. Gateway has a wide range of degree/certificate programs to satisfy different interests and career focuses. Since Gateway has...” – Megan from Mt. Pleasant, WI

Medical College of Wisconsin is a private and independent medical school, graduate school, pharmacy school, and residency and fellowship center. Students at this institution study new medical technology, techniques, treatments and theories through...

Waukesha County Technical College is a 2-year institution in the western suburbs of Milwaukee. WCTC offers degrees and certificates in over 150 programs through the college’s four schools of Applied Technologies, Business, Health, and Protective &...

“…waukesha county technical college has changed my life. the teachers and staff are so caring and understanding, they truly are there to help you succeed and achieve your goals. i rate wctc a 10/10!” – Stacey from New Berlin, WI

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is a professional art school based in the Historic Third Ward district of Milwaukee. MIAD provides students their own studio space starting sophomore year.  The most popular majors are graphic design,...

“…An amazing school you feel that you belong at. Works insanely hard to set up your future career. Is a great choice if you want to go far in life.” – Alexa from Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology is a private, graduate education institution located in Milwaukee. The college offers a Doctor of Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology as well as a four-course sequence in forensic...

The Columbia College of Nursing is a nurse training academy in the Milwaukee suburbs and the area’s only nursing program owned by a hospital system. CCON offers a 2-year bachelor’s degree in Nursing as well as a 17-month master’s degree in Nursing...

Affiliated with the Episcopal Church, Nashotah House is a Christian theological seminary in southeast Wisconsin dedicated to training students for Anglican ministry. Nashotah House offers five theological master’s degree programs as well as a...

The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee is a teacher training academy with a focus on producing future Montessori educators. MIM offers a Primary Course diploma applying to teaching children ages 3 to 6 and an Elementary Course concentrating on ages 6...

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology is a school of medical imaging in Milwaukee. Aurora offers a 2-year certificate-granting program in Radiologic Sciences divided into six semesters. To provide hands-on learning, all...

Shepherds College is a Christian school of higher education for students with intellectual disabilities in southeast Wisconsin. Overseen by Shepherds Ministries, the college encourages developments in vocational, social, and life skills in its...