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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee is a great Wisconsin university in a great Wisconsin city! It's a place to get a University of Wisconsin education while living in the cultural and commercial heart of the state.

The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee is the first choice for those seeking access to success in Wisconsin. The diverse student body of 27,000 is attracted to the distinctive array of programs UWM offers, including Wisconsin’s leading comprehensive school of the arts, the state’s only accredited school of architecture and the only dedicated graduate school of freshwater sciences in the nation. UWM also proudly serves the state with the largest colleges of nursing and health sciences, far-ranging programs to educate the next generation of business leaders, engineers, scientists and educators. For more about UWM, located just blocks from beautiful Lake Michigan, visit: 



Living in the Panthers Community

You want a great education and a promising future. Find out what makes UWM and Milwaukee great places to study and live.

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As Southeastern Wisconsin's largest university, UWM provides students with more than 180 academic programs, a wide range of research opportunities and a variety of ways to broaden their education by getting involved with student organizations and community service opportunities. The University's location in the state's business center also means opportunities to explore possible careers through internships, clinical experiences and hands-on learning. The city provides a rich resource, and instructors frequently tap their own real life experiences to extend their students' learning beyond textbooks. Learn more about the resources that make UW-Milwaukee a great place to live and learn using the links on this page.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2015?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 27,119

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 22,284
Women 11,494 52%
Men 10,790 48%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 93 <1%
Asian 1,472 7%
African American / Black 1,790 8%
Hispanic 2,001 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 25 <1%
White 15,134 68%
Two or More Races 811 4%
International 876 4%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 82 <1%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do UWM undergraduates call home?
Wisconsin 88%
Other US States & Territories 9%
Other Countries 3%
How old are UWM undergraduates?
Average Age 23
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 21%

New Student Applications (Fall 2015)

Of the 10,321 new freshman applicants, 73% were admitted and 44% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in Fall 2015.
Of the 3,992 transfer applicants, 59% were admitted and 69% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in Fall 2015.

New Freshman Admissions Info

Transfer Admissions Info


New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT
Composite 20 - 25
Math 18 - 25
English 19 - 25
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 28%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 35%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 65%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.10
Percent who submitted High School GPA 99%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $23,564

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2013 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


UWM Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 18 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 72%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 90%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 1,114
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 47%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 23%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 76%

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Campus-based Housing

74% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
19% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

Safety is everybody's business at UWM. The Department of University Safety and Assurances is responsible for campus safety in its broadest sense, from fire protection to potential environmental hazards. The University Police Department provides law enforcement, emergency and protective services including escorts and safe rides. Be On the Safe Side (B.O.S.S.) provides free-of-charge shuttle service and the S.A.F.E. Alert Emergency Notification System notifies the community of emergencies via text message or email. Located in a beautiful residential area, UWM is a safe campus in a safe neighborhood striving to ensure a safe environment all can enjoy.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Research Universities (high research activity)
Size and Setting
Large four-year, primarily nonresidential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Comprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.

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Student Activities and Involvement at UWM

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 92% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 93% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 16% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 87% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 21% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 49% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • <1% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 14% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 87% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 93% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 64% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 61% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 82% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 88% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 70% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 67% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 85% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 70% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 74% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 77% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 78% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 74% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

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Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2014-15
Degrees awarded at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2014-15
Bachelor's 3,649
Master's 1,210
Doctoral 204
Total 5,063
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Marketing/Marketing Management, General. 6%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. 6%
Psychology, General. 6%
Finance, General. 5%
Education, General. 5%
Links to degree programs at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Links to degree programs at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Survey Response Rate: 100%

Survey Administration Process

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Student Success & Progress Rate

A 80% four-year success and progress rate means that 80% of students starting in Fall 2009 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2009 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 4,051 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 0 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: -1%


Student Learning at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.