Colleges and Universities in Wisconsin

The colleges and universities of Wisconsin belong to a proud tradition of value, affordability, and accessibility. Wisconsin has long been guided by the Wisconsin Idea, promoting education and community, and that idea lives on.

Public Colleges and Universities in Wisconsin

  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
  • University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • University of Wisconsin – Parkside – Kenosha-Racine
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  • University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie
  • University of Wisconsin – Superior
  • University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Community Colleges in Wisconsin

  • Blackhawk Technical College
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Fox Valley Technical College
  • Gateway Technical College
  • Lakeshore Technical College
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • Mid-State Technical College
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Moraine Park Technical College
  • Nicolet Area Technical College
  • Northcentral Technical College
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Western Technical College
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Private Colleges and Universities in Wisconsin

  • Alverno College – Milwaukee
  • Bellin College – Green Bay
  • Beloit College – Beloit
  • Cardinal Stritch University – Milwaukee
  • Carroll University – Waukesha
  • Carthage College – Kenosha
  • College of Menominee Nation – Keshena
  • Concordia University Wisconsin – Mequon
  • Edgewood College – Madison
  • Herzing University – Madison
  • Lakeland College – Plymouth
  • Lawrence University – Appleton
  • Maranatha Baptist University – Watertown
  • Marian University – Fond du Lac
  • Marquette University – Milwaukee
  • Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design – Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering – Milwaukee
  • Mount Mary University – Milwaukee
  • Northland College – Ashland
  • Ottawa University–Milwaukee – Brookfield
  • Ripon College – Ripon
  • Sacred Heart School of Theology – Franklin
  • St. Norbert College – De Pere
  • Sanford-Brown College – West Allis
  • Silver Lake College – Manitowoc
  • Viterbo University – La Crosse
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College – Milwaukee
  • Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology – Milwaukee

Wisconsin’s Culture and Life

Wisconsin is known for cheese, and it’s proud of it – the state’s license plates don’t read “America’s Dairyland” for nothing. Since the first Irish, German, and Scandinavian immigrants began coming across the ocean, through New England, and down the Erie Canal for cheap land, agriculture has been Wisconsin’s heart. With them, they brought their cheese-making and beer-brewing skills, establishing an economic foundation that continues until today. But, along with the manufacturing sector, agriculture, even in Wisconsin, isn’t what it used to be, and thousands of Wisconsin’s working adults and young people find themselves heading to college to earn more professional credentials, start their career, or restart their lives. That’s where Wisconsin’s top colleges and universities come into play.

The Future of the Wisconsin Idea

Along with cheese and beer, Wisconsin has a long tradition of community, and one way that community spirit manifests is in the “Wisconsin Idea,” the principle of universal higher education that drives the University of Wisconsin system. From the flagship in Madison to state universities in Eau Claire, La Crosse, and elsewhere, the UW system is one of the best, most accessible, and most affordable public university systems in the nation. UW schools have been regularly ranked as best values, providing the best quality with low tuition rates, strong student support, and a solid, reputable ROI. The same is true of many of Wisconsin’s private liberal arts colleges, both Protestant and Catholic. Even the most elite of Wisconsin’s private institutions take part in the state’s progressive heritage, making their exceptional, traditional liberal arts education accessible through generous financial aid and community outreach. Public or private, Wisconsin’s colleges and universities define value.


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