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,...

“…The best thing about a large research university like Wisconsin is the extraordinary wealth of academic and extracurricular choices. I've never been bored-there is always something I can learn or somewhere I can go. It really feels like home.” – Hannah

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 has a very nice atmosphere that makes it feel like a small school but is big enough to be social. The academic rigor is high, I would recommend it to all health science majors. The opportunities here are endless and the school is very well...” – Christine from Chicago, 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...

“…I have learned so much so far at UWM. My art classes are fantastic! The instructors are very knowledgeable in their fields, and push creativity and new thoughts into my head effortlessly. I can't wait to go back!” – Chelsea from Bristol, 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...

“…The professors are absolutely knowledgeable, inspiring, and helpful. What is fantastic is that they do not teach and expect only the basics of any topic; they encourage students to delve into their own experiences, to pull disciplines together to...” – Alexander from Wausau, 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...

“…Every professor I have had so far has been fantastic. They are willing to work with every student who needs help, they take time in class to answer questions, and they teach the material in an efficient and easy to understand method.” – Brianna from Geneva, 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 College is really into conceptual concepts over computation. In other words, Beloit wants you to know why you use the formulas you use and why it is your hold the opinion you hold. They help you with your critical thinking and reasoning skills...” – Miranda from Plainfield, IL

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...

“…The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire has great faculty, great students, and great classes. The faculty is always willing to help students with questions, and are here to help them succeed. Students on campus are personable, and want to make great...” – Hannah from Brooklyn Park, MN

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...

“…Carroll is a welcoming campus making it feel like a second home. Everyone at Carroll is very friendly and helpful. At Carroll they want to give everyone an opportunity to succeed in the world and to make friends.” – Taylour from Waukesha, WI

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...

“…many of the classes i took this past semester i had some background knowledge in but the liberal arts education that viterbo provides its students with is amazing. the academics are challenging at times depending on what program you are in. the...” – Laura from Stillwater, MN

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 College is one of the most beautiful colleges I have ever toured. The staff and professors are kind and caring. You are not just a number here, the school does what it can to help you succeed and even find you a job once you graduate.” – Sheldon from Bloomer, WI

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...

“…The professors help me and want me to get every piece of information I can get out of the class that I am enrolled in. They try to do anything they can to make sure I am learning everything possible” – Kyla from Oshkosh, 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...

“…The level and sophistication of the academic program at Northland is outstanding. The professors are always willing to provide any assistance and they want to see their students succeed. They push you to do your best in order to become a more...” – Abby from Bloomington, IL

Concordia University-Wisconsin

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 classes proceed through assigned material at a steady and comfortable pace and teachers are demanding yet accomodating. The majority of the students are intrinsically motivated for success as well, reinforcing much of what is learned outside of...” – Eric from Mukwonago, 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...

“…The past years in La Crosse have been awesome thanks to UWL. The campus and city community is extremely inviting and supportive so much that you never really feel away from home. As a student, the classes can be challenging but there is never a...” – Jaclyn from Pewaukee, 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...

“…The faculty at St Norbert are friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful. The campus is always beautiful. Here at St Norbert we students have a strong sense of community.” – Katie from Green Bay, 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...

“…The campus in my opinion is very big and nice. Meeting some of the students they say that it is a great school, that it has helped them a lot, and they really love it. There are also a plethora of people, things to do, opportunity to run into new...” – Juwonna from Milwaukee, WI

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 a small campus filled with fun and excitement. It provides on campus jobs for students along with 24 hour assistance. ” – Kayla from Stoughton, 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...

“…Great professors, Fun classes, not so much for socializing. Very quiet and peaceful. If you're a social person, maybe not the best choice.” – Ana from Oakdale, MN

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...

“…They definitely challenge you & push you outside of your comfort zone! It may seem awkward at first, but I just finished my 1st semester here & I look back and realize how much I've grown already. ” – Ashleigh from Oak Creek, 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...

“…It is a nice University to be in. The Professors are very good. And the people are great.” – Effie from Woodbury, MN

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...

“…University of Wisconsin-Parkside is one of the best schools in the UW system, but is one of the most underrated of all the UW schools. The business school is excellent and has provides many opportunities for success. UW-P is affordable and in a great...” – Marie from Milwaukee, 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 is perfect for anyone who wants to find a fun community with interesting classes.” – Alexa from Niagara, 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...

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...

“…I am a first semester sophomore and I have learned a lot in the past year and a half. Being in a University allows me to learn a lot more in all areas and subjects. I am learning new information and I see how each subject intertwines with each...” – sarah from Milwaukee, 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 has a great campus layout, its not too small or too big. The professors all seem very nice and willing to help you when you need it. Also the classes are perfect sizes, the most students in a class would probably be about 30, which means...” – Alisha from Rochester, MN

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 is an excellent choice for female students who enjoy having a close knit community. The class sizes are excellent. The faculty and staff are extremely caring.” – Tiffany from Milwaukee, 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...

“…WLC is the best family I have ever had. College Life and the professors are especially loving and care about you and your future. WLC has a wide variety of Majors and Minors and there is always someone to talk to and help guide you down the path God...” – Mc Naughton, WI

Madison Area Technical College

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...

“…I like this school a lot. It is big but the class sizes are just like high school. It has everything you could ever need.” – Madelyn from Sun Prairie, WI

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...

“…UW-Superior was the best fit for me. I made great friends, studied abroad, was on the soccer team, a member of the choir and leader of an organization. I was able to do everything here.” – Transfer from Southern MN

Milwaukee Area Technical College

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...

“…The culinary program is amazing. I spoke to students and looked at both this program and the program for Art Institute of Wisconsin. The program at MATC is much better and costs much less.” – Samantha from Wauwatosa, WI

Lakeland University

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...

“…Faculty all seems great.” – Kimberly from Freedom, 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...

“…This is a great Technical college! The professors are professional and helpful. I have especially benefitted from their knowledge and genuine concern.” – Andrea from Beach Park, IL

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

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...

“…I love that I am doing hands on things everyday I am here. I feel as though I am working one step closer each and everyday towards my dreams, and learning more than I ever expected.” – Elizabeth from De Pere, 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...

“…It seems like a great college. I know students that attend here and love it. the teachers that I have met are great.” – Kimberly

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...

“…Western is a great school with awesome hands on labs where you get the best hands on training and the time needed to learn at your own pace. The faculty and staff are all professional and willing to help you out with anything you need and are...” – Scott from La Crescent, 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...

“…My classes so far have been very informative. The instructors are top-notch so far, and have a genuine interest in student success.” – Chad from Beloit, 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 &...

“…The classes are small enough that the teachers reach out to help you understand that material; yet the classes are large enough that you don't feel like you're the only there. Usually around 20-25 per class. They pack a lot of knowledge into a class...” – Amanda from Hartland, 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,...

“…The best part is you're not getting taught by TA's. You're instructors are all specialists in their subjects, so you know you're getting a great education. It's also great how much they emphasize liberal studies. I know from previously going to a...” – Pia

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...

“…cvtc is a great school. the teachers are great and don't be afraid to ask questions or say i don't know to questions the teachers ask because the teachers want to know whether you are learning in their course or not. they are very helpful as long as...” – Seng from Eau Claire, WI

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 one of the most friendliest communities in the college atmostphere.” – Tanya from Manitowoc, 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,...

“…You will learn a lot here at this school for Ex. I will be going in to the construction field they let you learn by building a house. ” – Jessica from Cedarburg, 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...

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...

“…Great, affordable, encouraging” – Marilyn from Venezuela

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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