University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee

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PO Box 413

Milwaukee, WI 53201

Phone: (414) 229-1122
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jul. 1
application deadline

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University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee is a public institution that was founded in 1956. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,175, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 104 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,882 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,610 (2013-14).

The University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee is located on the north side of the city and offers nearly 100 bachelor's degree programs. Graduate students can choose from more than 50 degrees, including those in the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, the fields of education and engineering, and in the highly ranked library and information studies program. Outside the classroom, UWM students get involved by exploring about 300 campus clubs and intramural sports teams, and by venturing off campus and into the city. In Milwaukee, students can visit museums, theaters and a zoo, and even take the Lake Express ferry to Michigan.

On campus, student athletes can try out for the 15 UWM Panthers varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League. Notable UWM alumni include Golda Meir, a founder of the state of Israel; Jim Rygiel, three-time Academy Award winner for digital effects in the "Lord of the Rings" films; and James L. Ziemer, former president and CEO of Harley-Davidson.

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

UW-Milwaukee is Wisconsin's premier public urban research university. With a student body of more than 29,000, UWM is the first choice university for individuals seeking access to success.

People from students to faculty to staff are attracted to our distinctive academic programs such as the Peck School of the Arts, Wisconsin's only school of the arts, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Wisconsin's largest colleges of nursing and health sciences and far-ranging programs for educating the next generation of engineers, scientists and teachers. UWM also offers one of the nation's few combinations of social welfare and criminal justice tracks in a single academic school and features a rapidly expanding school of business with Wisconsin's longest-running executive MBA program. With over 150 baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs, research and learning are intertwined. Many of Wisconsin's teachers, nurses, health care professionals, architects, engineers, artists, social workers, business professionals and more are UWM alumni.

UW-Milwaukee also provides enhanced educational opportunities to over 7,000 area residents through its School of Continuing Education. By focusing on the two primary strategic goals of successful students and research excellence, UWM is focused on refining the quality and increasing the capacity of its programs, all with an eye towards the subsequent economic impact for the State of Wisconsin

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General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1956
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $85,776,875


When applying to University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee is $44. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.4%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee is 20:1, and the school has 41.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Visual and Performing Arts; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Health Professions and Related Programs 9%
Education 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Social Sciences 6%

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Student Life

University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,175, with a gender distribution of 48.7 percent male students and 51.3 percent female students. At this school, 16 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 84 percent of students live off campus. University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 29,114
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee 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, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, 67.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,811.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $9,882 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,610 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,136 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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