Colleges in Wisconsin

Colleges in Wisconsin

A member of Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of the US, Wisconsin is known for its dairy production, namely, cheese. Despite that, it’s official nickname is “The Badger State,” a reference to the way lead miners in 1830s lived in what looked like “badger dens” as temporary housing. Wisconsin experiences regular, heavy snowfall in the winter and warm, humid summers. There are 85 colleges in Wisconsin, the oldest being Carroll University while the most selective is the University of Wisconsin. The Cheese State has two law schools and two medical schools, as well as several special-focus institutions. Wisconsin produces 40% of the US’ cheese and 20% of its butter, and this same state also produces the most paper, supporting the Badger State’s economy. While most know about the touristy Wisconsin Dells, “the waterpark capital of the world!”, there are a number of other attractions. The Land O’ Lakes region, Door County, and Taliesin East, Frank Lloyd Wright’s country home, are also places of interest in Wisconsin.
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University of Wisconsin-Madison

From its main campus located atop a hilltop in Wisconsin’s state capital, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a 4-year public institution and the flagship campus of the UW system. Founded in 1848 at the same time that Wisconsin achieved statehood,...

“…Madison is probably one of the most diverse colleges in the state of Wisconsin. Here, I have met a variety of people from all sorts of different backgrounds and have been introduced to a multitude of experiences. All in all, there's no place like...” – Amber from Greenleaf, WI

Marquette University

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

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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

Lawrence University

Lawrence University is a liberal arts college and a conservatory of music located in Appleton, Wisconsin. On a bluff that overlooks the Fox River, the main campus is only one of three locations Lawrence University maintains. The 441-acre Bjorklunden...

“…LU is a society which accepts a wide variety of people from all over the world.” – Valerie from Appleton, WI

Carthage College

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

Beloit College

Founded in 1846, Beloit College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southern Wisconsin and the oldest continuously operating college in the state. Beloit confers undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic majors and provides the opportunity to create...

“…beloit is a quirky, fun, and intellectually stimulating college. it manages to have a place for everyone who is passionate. the college culture is made up of all types from all places, and everyone tends to get along. ” – Jessica from Portland, OR

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

With campus along the banks of the Chippewa River, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a 4-year public university and a regional UW campus in northwest Wisconsin. UWEC is home to colleges of Business, Education, Arts & Sciences, and Nursing...

“…uwec is a really nice place to go to school. eau caire is a lovely town with a lot to do outdoors when it's nice out. the university offers many ways to get involved on campus and is very helpful with any questions you may have about your schooling. ” – Marie from Minnesota

Carroll University

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

Viterbo University

Founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration as a teaching school for nuns, Viterbo University is a Franciscan Catholic liberal arts college in western Wisconsin. Viterbo is home to three colleges of Business, Education, and Health...

“…Viterbo has many amazing professors whose goals are to help you succeed. Everyone is really helpful and will go out of their way if you need something. They excel in their education programs and their learning objectives for life that students can't...” – Jasmine from New Lisbon, WI

Edgewood College

Edgewood College is a private liberal arts school based in Madison, Wisconsin, conferring bachelor’s degrees in 55 academic fields of study. The school was founded by, and maintains an affiliation with, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters of the Roman...

“…Edgewood is a great school if you want to live in a larger city, but yet attend a small school. The class sizes are smaller, but the professors take the time to make sure every student succeeds. The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere is great for...” – Wisconsin

Ripon College

Ripon College is a private, 4-year institution established in the state of Wisconsin. The college features a unique core curriculum, the Catalyst, which consists of five courses throughout each student’s first three years that are designed to teach...

“…Very small, private college. A lot of one on one with the Professors, very friendly atmosphere. Unlimited help everywhere you go. One of the best colleges in my opinion.” – Dylan from Ripon, WI

Northland College

With campus a short distance from the shores of Lake Superior, Northland College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northern Wisconsin dedicated to sustainability and the environment. Northland confers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic...

“…Northland is an environmental liberal arts college with many strong academic opportunities, including Geosciences, English/Writing, Outdoor Education, Natural Resources, Sociology, and others. Field studies and research are common. Northland also has...” – Northland Student from Ashland, WI

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

Milwaukee School of Engineering

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

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

With campus a short distance from the Mississippi River, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a 4-year public school in western Wisconsin and part of the UW system. UW La Crosse is home to five colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees...

“…This is a wonderful college. There are great professors, friendly people, and it offers plenty of activities. It is greatly recommended.” – Whitney from Chetek, WI

Saint Norbert College

Founded in 1898, St. Norbert College is a private liberal arts school located in De Pere, Wisconsin. SNC is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and is a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Popular majors include...

“…Saint Norbert is a wonderful liberal arts college with a small town feel that embraces a tight community amongst its students. They provide a great college experience for every student as well as great academics along the way to help you be prepared...” – Garrett from Rhinelander, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a 4-year public school in southeast Wisconsin and part of the UW system. UW Whitewater is home to five colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 50 majors and 119 minors. Additionally, UW...

“…Whitewater is a college that makes a person feel at home. It is safe, relaxing, fun, and the curriculum is wonderful. Its also affordable and flexible.” – Amanda from McHenry, IL

Founded by the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Agnes, Marian University is a Catholic liberal arts college in northeast Wisconsin. Marian offers bachelor’s degrees in 38 fields of study and all majors feature on-the-job training and service learning...

“…Marian is the most intimate campus I could have imagined. Professors actually care about you here, and truly want to help you to success. ” – Brooke from Fond Du Lac, WI

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

University of Wisconsin in River Falls is a public, liberal arts institution in the western region of the state. About 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, the 303-acre campus is home to four colleges offering 70+ areas of study on the banks of the...

“…i have really enjoyed me educational experience at uwrf. i am a social work major, and am really enjoying the close, family like atmosphere we have developed within our major, but appreciate that it is easy to get to know anyone on campus. the staff...” – Krysta from River Falls, WI

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

With campus overlooking the Fox River, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a 4-year public school in northeast Wisconsin. The third largest university in the state and a member of the UW system, UW Oshkosh confers undergraduate degrees in almost...

“…Oshkosh has a great campus that offers many options for students. It also has many groups, organizations and athletics for each any every students needs. I love the staff there because they will work with you on a personal level if needed.” – Ariane from Menomonee Falls, WI

Alverno College

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-Stout

Founded by a lumber magnate, the University of Wisconsin-Stout is a public university in northwest Wisconsin and the UW system’s designated polytechnic university. UW Stout features six career clusters offering undergraduate degrees in 50 academic...

“…though a smaller school, uw-stout is big on it's opportunities. it shows excellence in all of its programs, and is well known for its art and design department. there are also many study abroad options.” – Samantha from Menomonie, 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

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a public institution based in Green Bay, WI. The UWGB campus is home to the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum, the Richard Mauthe Center which acts as the religious center, and a 2,000-seat Weidner Center for the...

“…UWGB offers everything you might need, including a beautiful campus, state-of-the-art fitness center with a rock climbing wall and personal trainers, and faculty who are genuinely interested in helping you succeed. ” – Erika from Green Bay, 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...

“…A catholic school that instills traditional values but does not force you to convert to theirs. The atmosphere is relaxed with a small environment, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. ” – Sara from Wauwatosa, WI

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point is a 4-year institution located in Central Wisconsin. UWSP offers more than 120 undergraduate programs through its four colleges, complemented by the University College, which assists in the transition...

“…The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is a great college to attend if you prefer a generally smaller sized campus. Class sizes tend to be smaller as a result which I find very beneficial. Additionally most professors are welcome to questions...” – Daniel from Tomahawk, WI

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Originally founded as the state’s first teacher preparatory academy, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a 4-year public school and part of the UW System. UW-Platteville is home to colleges of Business, Engineering, and Liberal Arts conferring...

“…Platteville is perfect for anyone who wants a great education in a fun place without being overwhelmed by a city. It's a small campus in a small town, so don't expect the UW - Madison experience. That being said, UW- Platteville is an excellent place...” – Nicole from Hortonville, WI

Mount Mary University

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

Madison Area Technical College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Wisconsin. The college maintains four campuses in Madison along with four satellite locations in Reedsburg, Portage, Watertown, and Fort Atkinson. Students...

“…Quaint, practical, intellectual @ bargain price” – JN from Rolla, MO

University of Wisconsin-Superior

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is a public, liberal arts institution based in Superior, WI. UW-Superior offers more than 60 majors and minors through its 12 academic departments, as well as six bachelor’s degree programs online. Student...

“…It's a great campus. Nice small classes. Smart professors.” – Cybil from Webster, 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

Lakeland University is a private, 4-year institution established in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Along with its traditional class options, the college also offers flexible evening and online classes, as well as a special associate’s degree program at its...

“…Lakeland is a small campus and it is easy to get to every building quickly, even if you slept through your alarm or hit snooze a few times! I love the close relationships you have with fellow students and professors/staff/faculty. Professors are...” – Rebecca from Sheboygan, WI

Herzing University is a career-focused institution with 10 campus locations throughout seven states. Herzing is home to six academic departments conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 30 fields of study. Additionally, Herzing offers bachelor’s and...

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...

Fox Valley Technical College is a public, 2-year institution established in Appleton, Wisconsin. Along with the main campus, FVTC also maintains a large number of satellite campuses and centers throughout the region, including the recently built...

“…Great hands on education. Putting into perspective everything you are learning and how to use it in your current or future career. Instructor's are very helpful and student services offers a wide variety of resources for any type of help students...” – Terrie from Hortonville, WI

Maranatha Baptist University

Maranatha Baptist University is a Christian college in southeast Wisconsin affiliated with the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International. Maranatha offers bachelor’s degrees in 38 academic majors and 37 minors and all students are required to...

“…a great, christ-centered school. ” – Bryndal from Apple Valley, CA

Western Technical College

Western Technical College is a public, 2-year institution established in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Degree-seeking students attending Western have the option to enroll in both associate’s degree programs and apprenticeship programs in order to prepare for...

“…on a scale of 1 to 10; i would rate western at an 8. i absolutely love it there, the atmosphere, the people everything. i think they could use some improving on their wireless internet connections and the parking situation.” – Rachel from Houston, MN

Blackhawk Technical College maintains four campuses in southern Wisconsin offering degrees and certificates in 47 programs. Blackhawk recognizes the diverse scheduling needs of its students by offering numerous courses online, via interactive TV, and...

“…BTC has a great Early Childhood program and a majority of my experiences with the gen ed department have been positive. It's not too hard to pick classes that will transfer over to the local university, in fact 90% of my classes are eligible to...” – Ashley from Whitewater, WI

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

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

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

Chippewa Valley Technical College is a 2-year technical and community college with five campuses in west central Wisconsin. In addition to its degree and certificate offerings, CVTC provides access to apprenticeships in 13 disciplines. Through the...

“…Chippewa Valley Technical College rates at the top of my list as far as being convenient, easy to find your way around the campus, and having great programs. It is affordable and they offer many options to help you pay for college. The faculty and...”

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is a public, 2-year institution established in Green Bay, with 16 satellite facilities throughout the region including two additional campuses in Marinette and Sturgeon Bay. NWTC offers more than 200 career and...

“…i am very happy with nwtc. i like all of my teachers, and the advisors are always willing to help. ” – Kristin from Sturgeon Bay, WI

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is a Franciscan Catholic liberal arts institution in northeast Wisconsin. Academics at Silver Lake are divided into Schools of Liberal Arts, Professional Studies, and Education, and every student is required to...

“…Silver Lake College is an amazing college with a great faculty that is always willing to help you out no matter what” – Michelle from Luxemburg, WI

Moraine Park Technical College is a 2-year technical and vocational academy with three campuses and two regional centers in northeast Wisconsin. MPTC offers degrees and certificates in over 100 career-related fields of study. Its Agriculture, Food,...

“…Moraine Park in three sentences. I would describe Moraine Park Technical College as a family environment, with professors and instructors from the chosen field with real life experience and willingness to share their experiences and vast knowledge. ” – Justin from West Bend, WI

With a main campus a short drive from Lake Michigan, Lakeshore Technical College is a technical and vocational school in northeast Wisconsin. LTC confers degrees and certificates in over 100 career and technical programs. For students wanting hands...

“…Lakeshore Technical College is a great college to attend. They are constantly updating their programs to match employer needs and staying relevant with updated technology. If you are looking for a school that offers variety ranging from a Wind Energy...” – Richard from Sheboygan, WI

Northcentral Technical College is a 2-year technical institution with a main campus and five regional centers in central Wisconsin. NTC offers over 190 academic programs and houses three centers of excellence in Agriculture, Wood Technology, and...

“…Northcentral Technical College is very helpful. I also like the gym, because it helps keep me active. It is a great place to earn a college degree.” – Sharissa from Schofield, WI

Bellin College is a nursing and healthcare training school in northeast Wisconsin. Bellin’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is traditionally completed in 4 years and is also available as an accelerated 15-month program for students who have...

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is a 2-year technical and vocational school with four campuses in northwest Wisconsin. WITC grants degrees and certificates in over 100 academic fields of study in 16 career clusters, as well as offers five...

“…WITC is a fantastic school for both recent high school graduates and adults returning to school to advance their current skills or pursue a new degree. WITC has four campuses in NW Wisconsin that offer day, evening and online courses. WITC offers...” – Katherine from Frederic, WI

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is a 2-year community college and trade school serving a nine county area. Southwest Tech is home to over 70 academic programs granting degrees and certificates and its Farm Operations & Management program...

“…Southwest Tech has great instructors that are always wanting to see their students succeed. Southwest Tech also has a great support system. You can walk up to any of the instructors and they are always willing to help you out.”

Established in 1993, the College of Menominee Nation is a public, 2-year tribal-based institution with campuses in Keshena and Green Bay, Wisconsin. As one of 34 tribal community colleges in the US and one of two in Wisconsin, CMN offers four...

“…This college is overwhelmingly helpful and has many things to offer, such as scholarships, internships, and extracurricular type activities. I have personally experienced many great, outgoing teachers, and on the other hand, some who had outside of...” – Chelsie from Green Bay, WI

With a campus on the shores of Lake Julia, Nicolet Area Technical College is a 2-year technical and community college serving a six-county area in northern Wisconsin. NATC offers degrees and certificates in 24 areas of study. In addition to classroom...

“…Nicolet Area Technical College is amazing. It is filled with careing professers and staff. I highly recomend it for students just coming out of high school.” – DeAnna Ruppert

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...

Founded by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College is a 2-year tribal college in northern Wisconsin. LCOOCC confers degrees and certificates in 17 academic programs dedicated to...

“…They are a great school for those too timid to go to college. They have a really good staff that will help you with your degree. They have many degrees and certifications available.” – Jeanette from Bayfield, WI

Mid-State Technical College is a 2-year technical school with four campuses in central Wisconsin. Mid-State is home to over 60 technical and career-training academic programs granting degrees and certificates. In addition, Mid-State provides the...

“…Mid-State is a great place that really works with you to make the best out of your college experience. The advisers make sure you have every available access to achieve all academic requirements. I would highly recommend this college to upcoming high...” – Stephaney from Nekoosa, WI

Ottawa University-Brookfield is a Christian liberal arts college dedicated to adult students and a satellite campus of the Ottawa University system in the Milwaukee metro area. The Brookfield campus hosts the Angell Snyder School of Business offering...

“…Ottawa University has a caring and compassionate faculty that inspire me to do more with my life. My fellow students have become my friends and mentors. I can't imagine attending school any where else. ” – Erin from Wauwatosa, WI

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...

Founded by the Priests of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology is a Catholic institution in the Milwaukee metro area and the largest Catholic seminary in America training adult students for priestly formation. Sacred Heart...

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...

The Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential is an online graduate school training students for 21st century business leadership and careers in the life coaching profession. WGU offers a master’s degree and doctorate program...

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...

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