University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (commonly referred to as UW-Milwaukee, UWM or locally as simply Milwaukee) is a major research university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It belongs to the university of Wisconsin System, which represents over 190,000 students throughout Wisconsin. With over 30,500 students and an academic staff of roughly 1,600, UW-Milwaukee is the largest university in Milwaukee and the surrounding regions and one of the largest higher education institutions in the United States. It is also one of only two public doctoral research universities in Wisconsin.

UW-Milwaukee is located in Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhood, considered by many to be the cultural center of the city. The East Side is home to an ample supply of shops, retail outlets, restaurants, bars, clubs, theaters and various other entertainment centers–and is only a stones throw away from Lake Michigan. UW-Milwaukee is unique among universities as it is the only university in the United States with a freshwater science graduate degree program. It also has the largest nursing, architecture and health sciences programs of any university in Wisconsin. All degrees and programs at UW-Milwaukee are offered through one of its 74 academic schools, colleges, centers or institutes. In all, UWM offers over 95 bachelor’s degrees, 54 master’s degrees and 35 doctorate degree programs.

UWM is classified as a “high research activity” institution and has a total research budget in excess of $60 million a year. In 2009, UWM ranked No.193 among research universities in the United States based on its total monetary investments in research and development.

In addition to a superb academic offering, UW-Milwaukee offers an exceptional intercollegiate athletics program. UW athletic teams and student athletes compete as the Panthers in NCAA Division I sports and have won several all-sports championships.

General Information

Admission Office

Box 749

Milwaukee, WI 53201

(414) 229-2222

Fax: (414) 229-6940

Contact: Beth Weckmueller

Executive Director of Enrollment Services and Registrar
Main Address

PO Box 749

Milwaukee, WI 53201

(414) 229-1122

Total undergrads: 24,299

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,118

Degree-seeking undergrads: 22,909

Graduate enrollment: 4,916


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $44

Online application fee: $44
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 79%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $6,954 $7,305 $7,702 $8,151 +5.83%
Books and Supplies $950 $950 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $5,406 $5,738 $6,838 $7,018 +2.63%
Other $3,640 $3,640 $5,070 $3,928 -22.52%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,700 $8,500 $8,800 $8,900 +1.14%
Other $4,626 $3,640 $5,070 $3,928 -22.52%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $16,950 $17,633 $20,610 $20,097 -2.49%
In-state Off Campus $20,230 $20,395 $22,572 $21,979 -2.63%
In-state with Family $7,904 $8,255 $8,702 $9,151 +5.16%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $9,565
In-state Student Fees $882
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $22,852
Out-of-state Student Fees $882

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,917 73%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,179 29% $7,234,653 $6,136
• Federal grants 907 23% $4,125,879 $4,549
• Pell grants 861 22% $2,939,146 $3,414
• Other federal grants 727 18% $1,186,733 $1,632
Institutional scholarships or grants 923 23% $2,266,737 $2,456
Institutional grants or scholarships 252 6% $842,037 $3,341
Student loan financial aid 2,461 61% $16,086,492 $6,537
• Federal student loans 2,440 61% $12,894,961 $5,285
• Other student loans 384 10% $3,191,531 $8,311

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3890 1330 145
Architecture and Related Services 121 55
Architecture 121 30
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 25
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 12
African-american/black Studies 2
Women’s Studies 10
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 122 7 8
Biochemistry 30
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 84 7 8
Microbiology 8
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1048 268 7
Accounting 150
Actuarial Science 4
Business Administration and Management 141
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 119
Business/commerce 10
Finance 343
Human Resources Development 71
Management Information Systems 74
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 7
Marketing/marketing Management 349
Non-profit/public/organizational Management 8
Operations Management and Supervision 45
Real Estate 2
Communication and Journalism Programs 238 28
Mass Communication/media Studies 112 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 126 19
Computing and Information Sciences 123 17
Computer and Information Sciences 53 17
Information Science/studies 70
Education 261 126 9
Art Teacher Education 16 1
Curriculum and Instruction 31
Education 209
Educational Leadership and Administration 52
Music Teacher Education 8
Social and Philosophical Foundations Of Education 9
Special Education and Teaching 33
Urban Education and Leadership 28 9
Engineering 170 34 14
Civil Engineering 39
Computer Engineering 8
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 35
Engineering 34 14
Manufacturing Engineering 13
Materials Engineering 9
Mechanical Engineering 66
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 112 20 9
English Language and Literature 112 20 9
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 57 25
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
Comparative Literature 4
Foreign Languages and Literatures 22
French Language and Literature 5
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Italian Language and Literature 2
Linguistics 11
Spanish Language and Literature 24 3
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 363 122 35
Athletic Training/trainer 2
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 17 21
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 61 1
Health Information/medical Records Administration/administrator 6
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 2
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management 46
Occupational Therapy/therapist 20 38
Physical Therapy/therapist 16
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 217 56 17
History 79 31
History 79 31
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 138 10
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 138 10
Human Services 80 102
Public Administration 10
Social Work 80 92
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 10
Library Science 198
Library and Information Science 198
Mathematics and Statistics 13 27 9
Applied Mathematics, Other 2
Mathematics 11 27 9
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 83
International/global Studies 43
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 40
Natural Resources and Conservation 40
Environmental Science 40
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 40 9
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 40 9
Physical Sciences 24 15 16
Chemistry 7 6 12
Chemistry, Other
Geology and Earth Science 4 4
Meteorology 5
Physics 8 5 4
Psychology 184 86 20
Educational Psychology 62 12
Psychology 184 13 8
School Psychology 11
Social Sciences 281 84 18
Anthropology 40 15 2
Economics 71 21 8
Geography 24 4 5
Political Science and Government 87 7 1
Social Sciences, Other 21
Sociology 59 7
Urban Studies/affairs 9 2
Visual and Performing Arts 301 56
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 22 7
Art/art Studies 20
Dance 22
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 43
Film/cinema/video Studies 46
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 119 15
Music 29 16
Visual and Performing Arts 18
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Multimedia B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Conservation Biology B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Development B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Music Teacher Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Manufacturing Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Hebrew B
Italian B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Health Facilities Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Recreational Therapy B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric PhysicsDynamics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (414) 229-1122
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 25,731
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 41%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 15,998 (62% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,526
Out-of-state Tuition: $21,168
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 78%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,280

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1131
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 9311
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1311
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 10731
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 221
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1231
Education 8551
Engineering 811
English Language and Literature/Letters 1111
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3841
Health Professions and Related Programs 9685
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1111
Library Science 1
Mathematics and Statistics 311
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 7311
Natural Resources and Conservation 111
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 111
Philosophy and Religious Studies 131
Physical Sciences 543
Psychology 132
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 2121
Social Sciences 4687
Visual and Performing Arts 565
Grand total 651796333

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,526
Out-of-state $21,168
Books and supplies $800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,050
Out-of-state $25,282

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,970 78%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,224 58% $5,280
Student loan aid 2,088 55% $7,499

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 11,604 52% $6,356
Federal student loans 11,218 50% $6,330

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 11,273 4,879 6,394
Percent admitted 100% 78% 76%
Percent admitted who enrolled 33% 36% 31%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 25,731
Undergraduate enrollment 21,107
Graduate enrollment 4,624

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
    • English Language
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health
    • Public Health (PHBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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