Milwaukee School of Engineering

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1025 N. Broadway

Milwaukee, WI 53202-3109

Phone: (800) 332-6763
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#21 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private institution that was founded in 1903. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,378, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 20 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Milwaukee School of Engineering's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 21. Its tuition and fees are $34,020 (2013-14).

Milwaukee School of Engineering, known as MSOE, is located in downtown Milwaukee next to both the historic East Town and the Theater District and just a few blocks from Lake Michigan. Student organizations at MSOE fall into one of seven categories: government, Greek, honors societies, professional, religious, service, and special interest. Intramural sports, including football, volleyball, broomball, and dodgeball, are popular activities among students. MSOE’s varsity athletic teams, the Raiders, compete in NCAA Division III sports. The Kern Center athletic facility houses an ice rink, basketball arena, indoor track, fitness center, and field house. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus in one of the three coed residence halls. Annual campus traditions include Constitution and Citizenship Week, Raider Week for school spirit, and St. Patrick’s Week.

MSOE’s undergraduate bachelor’s programs are divided into six fields: architectural engineering and building construction, business, computer and software engineering and management information systems, engineering, engineering technology, and nursing and health. Within each field, students can choose a more specific concentration such as international business or biomolecular engineering. In addition to undergraduate studies, MSOE has a variety of graduate master’s programs in the business, construction, engineering, and health fields. MSOE also offers study-abroad programs through Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic; Lübeck University of Applied Sciences in Germany; and Manipal Institute of Technology in India.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Ambitious students who want personal and professional success find a home at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). MSOE is a university with a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; extremely high placement rates; high starting salaries; and a close-knit community nestled in a vibrant downtown neighborhood. Students bring theory to life through an average of 600 laboratory hours, professional internships and international study. MSOE has more labs than classrooms, and with a low 14-to-1 student-faculty ratio, students receive individual attention and have mentoring relationships with faculty. Faculty with outstanding professional experience (an average of seven years) teach all classes and labs. There are no teaching assistants. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders. The placement rate for 2011-12 was 94%. Graduates are exceptionally well-prepared for their careers and are well compensated. MSOE guarantees students all the classes they need for graduation within four years if they stay on track with their degree program. Additionally, MSOE graduates may refresh their knowledge by repeating any undergraduate course they took at MSOE, at no cost, within three years of graduation. MSOE also offers a Graduate Tuition Grant which covers MSOE graduate tuition for MSOE bachelor's degree graduates who meet certain criteria. All students participate in a laptop computer program, which provides them with a laptop equipped with the hardware and software they need to succeed in all classes. The 20-acre campus is located in a historic district of downtown Milwaukee, just blocks from beautiful Lake Michigan. Here students have all the excitement and opportunity found in the heart of Milwaukee, close access to professional sports, the theatre district, museums, shopping and music venues. The university has a 110-year reputation of partnering with business and industry. Specialty centers or institutes, most of which utilize staff, faculty and student talent to solve technological problems confronting business and industry include: Applied Technology Center, Fluid Power Institute, Rapid Prototyping Center, Center for BioMolecular Modeling, Construction Science and Engineering Center, Photonics and Applied Optics Center, Nano Engineering Center, Servant-Leadership, and The Center for Entrepreneurship in the Rader School of Business. The Kern Center is a stunning 210,000-square-foot recreation, athletic, health, wellness and fitness center. MSOE's 21 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III athletics. The Kern Center exemplifies MSOE's philosophy of a well-rounded university experience and is an important asset in attracting prospective students and providing current students with ample access to fitness, whether they are participating in NCAA athletics, intramural sports or individual fitness programs. The university's first museum building, the Grohmann Museum, was dedicated in 2007. It is home to the Man at Work art collection. With more than 900 European and American paintings and sculptures that depict various forms of work, Man at Work is the world's most comprehensive collection of its kind. The artworks span over 400 years of history (17th-20th centuries) and comprise a variety of styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work, from manpower and horsepower to water, steam and electrical power. The works were gifted to MSOE in 2001 from the collection of Milwaukee businessman and collector Dr. Eckhart Grohmann.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1903
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $40,642,558


When applying to Milwaukee School of Engineering, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 57 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 57.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Milwaukee School of Engineering is 14:1, and the school has 39.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Milwaukee School of Engineering include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 68%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields 3%

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Student Life

Milwaukee School of Engineering has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,378, with a gender distribution of 78.4 percent male students and 21.6 percent female students. At this school, 33 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 67 percent of students live off campus. Milwaukee School of Engineering is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,564
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Milwaukee School of Engineering offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Milwaukee School of Engineering also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Milwaukee School of Engineering, 16 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Students who have cars on campus 16%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Milwaukee School of Engineering, 86 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,545.

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Tuition and fees $34,020 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,271 (2013-14)
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