Wisconsin Schools and Colleges with Degree Overviews

Jul 28, 2020

Students planning to attend school in Wisconsin have a wide selection of traditional public and private institutions from which to choose. Compare schools in the state by location, size, price and graduation rates. This data is provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Wisconsin Schools Near Large Cities

Most of the schools near large cities in the state of Wisconsin are found in and around the city of Milwaukee. These are mostly 4-year private schools offering a range of degree programs and credentials.

  • Alverno College (Milwaukee)
  • Marquette University (Milwaukee)
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee)
  • Mount Mary University (Milwaukee)
  • University of Wisconsin - (Milwaukee)

Largest Schools in Wisconsin

As of fall 2018, the largest schools in Wisconsin were all public schools ranging student populations from about 12,000 students to nearly 44,000 students. Many of these institutions offered undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (43,463 students)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (27,012 students)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (16,410 students)
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (13,059 students)

Lowest Net Price

Average net price is calculated by NCES through the subtraction of average institutional and governmental financial aid awards from the total cost of yearly attendance for full-time, undergraduate in-state students. According to NCES in 2018-2019, the following Wisconsin schools had the lowest average net prices.

  • Nicolet Area Technical College ($7,002)
  • Gateway Technical College ($7,257)
  • Mid-State Technical College ($8,816)
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside ($10,154)

Highest Graduation Rate

Knowing how many students complete their studies at a particular institution may indicate the quality of education and student satisfaction. The following schools showed the highest graduation rates for full-time undergraduate students who enrolled in 2013 and completed their programs within 150% of the normal time, per NCES data.

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (88% graduation rate)
  • Marquette University (82% graduation rate)
  • Lawrence University (79% graduation rate)
  • Beloit College (75% graduation rate)
  • Saint Norbert College (73% graduation rate)

The approximately 100 schools in the state of Wisconsin have been aggregated into four categories based on price, graduation rates, location, and student populations in order to help you make an informed decision on the best school suited for your needs.

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