Milwaukee, Wisconsin (WI) Colleges and Universities

Students in the Milwaukee area can select from a number of public and private postsecondary schools, including 2-year and 4-year public colleges and several traditional non-profit private universities. This article will review schools and their proximity to Milwaukee, size, cost, and graduation rates based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee has a large number of schools within a 5-mile radius. These schools are a combination of 2- and 4-year schools, both public and private. Below are the 5 schools closest to downtown Milwaukee:

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1.3 miles away)
  • Bryant & Stratton College-Milwaukee (1.5 miles away)
  • Marquette University (1.5 miles away)
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (1.5 miles away)
  • Alverno College (2.4 miles away)

Largest Schools Near Milwaukee, Wisconsin

While the University of Wisconsin is by far the largest school near Milwaukee with nearly 28,000 total students, there are a few more moderate sized schools ranging from almost 4,000 to 17,000 total students.

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (16,712 total students)
  • Marquette University (11,745 total students)
  • Waukesha County Technical College (8,692 total students)
  • Concordia University-Wisconsin (8,161 total students)
  • Cardinal Stritch University (3,811 total students)

Lowest Net Price

Net price, the total cost of attendance less the average amount of government and institutional aid awarded to full-time undergraduate students, is used to determine the overall cost per year. Here are the 5 schools with the lowest net prices for 2014-2015 near Milwaukee:

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College ($8,934)
  • Waukesha County Technical College ($9,746)
  • University of Wisconsin ($13,808)
  • Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa ($14,950)
  • Alverno College ($15,553)

Highest Graduation Rate

Students can determine the success of a college by examining its graduation rates. The overall graduation rate is determined by looking at the percentage of students who start at the college or university and finish their degree programs in 150% of 'normal time', or 6 years for a bachelor's degree. The highest graduation rates in the area all belong to private institutions, and all full-time undergraduates began their studies in 2009.

  • Marquette University (80% graduation rate)
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering (64% graduation rate)
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (62% graduation rate)
  • Carroll University (59% graduation rate)
  • Concordia University (58% graduation rate)

With this information at their disposal, prospective students can see that there are many schools close to Milwaukee to choose from but would have to look at graduation rates and costs carefully to determine which school is right for them.

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