University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI

Learn about the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (UWM) is a public educational institution that was established in 1885. The campus is located within Milwaukee, a large city that borders the shorelines of Lake Michigan.

The UWM campus has a variety of recreational and cultural activities available to students, including an athletics facility, bowling, the Downer Woods preserve, ping-pong and art galleries. All students are provided with a free UPASS that can be used for rides on the Milwaukee County Transit System.


There are 4 colleges and 10 schools at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The university offers a wide range of degree programs, including 94 undergraduate programs, 53 master's degree programs, 32 doctoral degree programs and several certificate programs. Class sizes are relatively small, with a student-faculty ratio of 20:1. UWM has 1,600 instructors, and the university awards more than 5,000 degrees annually.

Popular fields of study pursued by undergraduate students at UWM include marketing management, finance and registered nursing. Some of the most studied areas at the master's degree level include library and information science, social work, and business administration, management and operations. Popular doctoral degree programs include general engineering, registered nursing and physical therapy.


UWM accepts applications for the fall semester from September 15 to July 16. For those students seeking to enroll during the spring semester, the deadline for applications is December 1. Students who wish to submit an application for scholarships are advised to apply promptly in the fall, preferably soon after September 15.

The application process can be completed online at UWM's link for freshman admissions. Official high school transcripts and test scores from either the ACT or SAT must also be sent to UWM's admissions office. Students interested in applying proficiency exam scores toward credit at UWM must have the testing centers forward their test results directly to the admissions office. UWM assesses examination scores taken for the Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) proficiency examinations to apply as potential credit.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year at UWM were $9,380 for in-state students, $19,088 for non-resident students, $13,234 for Minnesota students and $13,426 for students in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). Graduate in-state students paid tuition and fees of $11,524 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Non-resident graduate students were charged $24,412 for tuition and fees, and Minnesota graduate students paid $15,658 during the same period.

The costs for room and board, meals, books and supplies for the 2012-2013 academic year varied, depending on residence hall. As of the 2012-13 school year, UWM required all incoming freshmen younger than age 20 to live on campus. Room was estimated to cost between $4,430 and $7,340, while meal plans cost between $2,952 and $4,204 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $1,000 per year. Financial aid is available through a variety of programs, including traditional federal student loans. Students can also explore alternative sources like grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, post-baccalaureate certificate, master's, post-master's certificate, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 24,678 undergraduate students and 5,090 graduate students in fall 2011*
Student Housing 5 residence halls and 1 apartment complex*
Schools and Programs 4 colleges and 10 schools; 94 undergraduate programs, 53 master's degree programs, 32 doctoral degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Marketing Management (305)
Master's: Library and Information Science (212)
Doctorate: General Engineering (17)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Those Beginning in Fall 2003) 15% in 4 years
43% in 6 years
47% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 90% admitted in fall 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates (2010-2011) 70% (full-time students)
54% (part-time students)**
Entering Class Size Approximately 3,865 in 2010**
Average ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2010, the middle 50% had an ACT composite score between 19 and 24**
Undergraduate Application Due Date July 16 for fall enrollment*
Decision Notification Date Within 4-6 weeks of receipt of application*
Undergraduate Tuition 2012-2013: $9,380 for Wisconsin residents; $13,234 for Minnesota residents; $19,088 for non-residents; $13,426 for Midwest Student Exchange Program students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) 2010-2011: Federal grants (38%), state and local government grants/scholarships (34%), institutional grants/scholarships (8%), federal student loans (68%), other student loans (8%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions Office, UW - Milwaukee, P.O. Box 749, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0749
  • Phone: (414) 229-2222
  • Website:

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