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University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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University of Wisconsin Milwaukee overview
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Online uwm.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a public research university located moments from downtown Milwaukee, offering an urban educational environment with a campus that spans over 104 acres. Since its inception in 1956, UWM has grown to accommodate more than 25,000 students, making it the largest university in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and the second-largest in Wisconsin. It is recognized for its wide-ranging programs, with notable strengths in architecture, freshwater sciences, film, and healthcare. With a diverse array of more than 195 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, UWM maintains a moderately selective admissions policy. The campus architecture blends modernist styles with traditional facilities, including options for on-campus housing in residence halls and apartment-style accommodations. While UWM provides varsity sports teams known as the Panthers, they are not primarily recognized for athletic dominance.

In the most recent statistical year 16,852 prospective students applied, and 14,546 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,349 enrolled in the school.  17,520 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,156 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,091 plus fees of $1,529. UWM is ranked 840 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












UWM is rated within the lower 38% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee overview
ACT 19/24
GPA 3.16

Applications Accepted

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee overview
Applications Due Sep 1, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend

Wisconsin Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$1,529
Room and Board $10,896
Budget for Other Expenses$3,434
Total One Year Cost$24,750

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$1,529
Room and Board $10,896
Budget for Other Expenses$3,434
Total One Year Cost$36,615

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

40% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Wisconsin Milwaukee students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 27%
Health Professions 10%
Education 7%
Social Sciences 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240453 IPEDS survey data for University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

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