Wisconsin Education and State Information

Known as 'America's Dairyland,' Wisconsin is tops in the country in producing cheese. Prospective college students can find dozens of public and private nonprofit schools in Wisconsin, including the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Marquette University.

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Information about Wisconsin

According to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Wisconsin had more than 5.7 million residents, ranking it 20th in the nation in terms of population. Almost 88 percent of Wisconsin's residents identified as white in 2014, with less than seven percent identifying as black or African American and just over six percent identifying as Hispanic or Latino.

Wisconsin's snow-filled winters make winter sports highly popular, while warm summers and an abundance of lakes and rivers create opportunities for sailing and swimming. Additionally, events such as Summerfest in Milwaukee, an annual music festival; the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh; Brat(wurst) Days in Sheboygan and Cheese Days in Monroe draw thousands of visitors to the state each year.

Wisconsin Educational Opportunities

Wisconsin has 34 nonprofit private post-secondary institutions and 31 public ones. The largest of these is the University of Wisconsin - Madison, which has nearly 43,000 students. U.S. News & World Report ranked this campus 41st among national universities in 2016. Several other UW campuses also were recognized by U.S. News, including La Crosse, ranked the 29th best regional university in the Midwest; Eau Claire, ranked 33rd regionally; and Stevens Point and Whitewater, tied for 50th regionally.

Among private nonprofit schools in Wisconsin, Marquette University in Milwaukee ranked 86th against other national universities; and Lawrence University in Appleton and Beloit College both made it in the top 75 in U.S. News' national liberal arts colleges category, at 57th and 61st place, respectively. The Milwaukee School of Engineering was rated 15th among regional universities in the Midwest, while Carroll University in Waukesha ranked 42nd in the same category.

The state has only two nonprofit private schools for students seeking a certificate or associate's degree, but several public options exist. Some of the larger offerings include Milwaukee Area Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay.

Wisconsin Economy and Industry Outlook

In addition to leading the nation in cheese production, Wisconsin is one of the country's top producers of milk, butter, cranberries and snap beans. Other main commodities include cattle, potatoes and soybeans, as well as corn for both silage and processing. Trade, transportation and utilities account for the largest portion of employment in the state, with manufacturing following as a close second.

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