Milwaukee Colleges & Universities

Colleges & Universities

Wisconsin values education and nowhere is this clearer than in its system of colleges and universities. More than 68,000 students are enrolled each year in the more than two dozen public and private four-year schools serving the five-county Milwaukee area. Two schools — University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and Marquette University — account for half of the college students enrolled in the five-county area.

Higher Education

Southeastern Wisconsin also offers a wealth of higher education opportunities. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has more than 25,000 students in more than 190 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university's Lubar School of Business accommodates approximately 4,200 students and is noted for its research in manufacturing, information systems, accounting, marketing, finance strategy and leadership, business development, and diversity issues. Marquette University offers over 11,400 students a wide array of academic choices and more than 75 majors through its nationally recognized colleges and schools. More than 2,800 students attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering, a private college with very strong ties to the business community.

The state's vocational education program was the first of its kind in the nation when it was established in 1908. Working closely with business and industry, it provides two-year degrees that are closely matched to real-world needs. In southeastern Wisconsin, vocational schools include the Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties, Waukesha County Technical College in Waukesha County, the Moraine Park Technical College in Washington County and Gateway Technical College in Racine County. These schools have a combined enrollment of nearly 85,000 students in associate degree and certificate programs.

Colleges & Universities

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM)

The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) is the second-largest campus in the University of Wisconsin System, with more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 90 countries. UWM's 14 schools and colleges offer more than 190 degree programs, including 64 master's degree and 36 doctoral degree programs. It is especially known for its School of Architecture & Urban PlanningSchool of Freshwater SciencesLubar School of BusinessCollege of Engineering & Applied Science and College of Health Sciences.

In 2011, it was included in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, signifying it as one of the world's best international research universities and, in 2016, it was designated a top-tier doctoral research university, joining Yale, Duke and Johns Hopkins universities. Princeton Review named UWM a "2017 Best Midwestern University" as well. Located a few minutes north of downtown Milwaukee, UWM is a NCAA Division I school, with 15 athletic teams. Website:

Two other four-year University of Wisconsin schools are located in the region. More than 12,400 students attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Walworth County, noted for its College of Business and Economics. Another 4,700 students attend University of Wisconsin-Parkside, located between Racine and Kenosha.

Marquette University

Marquette University is the largest private school in the region. A Jesuit, Catholic university, Marquette serves 11,426 students from 72 countries. Its 11 colleges and schools deliver nationally recognized programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, as well as working professionals.

For undergraduate students, Marquette offers more than 75 majors and pre-professional programs in dentistry, law and health sciences. For postgraduate students, Marquette offers 70 doctoral and master's degree programs, 21 graduate certificate programs, the School of Dentistry and the Law School.

Marquette ranks within the top 100 schools in the 2017 Edition of America's Best Colleges, which is published by U.S. News & World Report. It is also ranked 54th in Best Value Schools and is recognized as a "Changemaker Campus." Founded in 1881, Marquette University is located just west of downtown Milwaukee. Website:

Southeastern Wisconsin is home to more than two dozen colleges, universities and specialty schools that offer a full range of educational opportunities - from classroom settings offering low faculty-to-student ratios, to world-class research centers like the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Marquette University.

Alverno College

3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee; Enrollment: 2,500; Curriculum: more than 60 majors and minors with weekday and weekend undergraduate class options for women; co-ed master's programs in business, education, nursing and community psychology. Telephone: (414) 382-6100 or (800) 933-3401; Website:

Art Institute of Wisconsin

320 E. Buffalo St., Milwaukee; Enrollment: NA; Curriculum: branch of The Art Institute of Phoenix; prepares students for careers in the visual and practical arts; offers bachelor's degrees in advertising, graphic design, interior design, fashion marketing, digital film making and production, media arts and animation, web design and interactive media. Telephone: (414) 978-5000; Website: 

Bryant and Stratton College

10950 W. Potter Rd., Wauwatosa; Bayshore Town Center, Glendale and 1320 Warwick Way, Mt. Pleasant;  Enrollment: 1,800; Curriculum: diplomas in criminal justice and security services, health services, medical office assistant; associate degrees in accounting, business, graphic design, health services administration, hospitality management-restaurant and hotel services, human resources specialist, medical reimbursement and coding, nursing, interactive media design, criminal justice studies, medical administrative assistant, medical assisting, mobile applications development, networking technology, office management, paralegal studies, occupational therapy assistant, security technology; bachelor's degrees in health services administration, general management, office management, accounting, nursing. Telephone: (414) 302-7000, (414) 969-9600 or (262) 200-7090; Website:

Cardinal Stritch University

6801 N. Yates Rd., Milwaukee; Enrollment: 4,600 (grad and undergrad); Curriculum: co-ed, Catholic; more than 60 fields of study with undergraduate degrees ranging from education to business and the fine arts; graduate programs in nursing, clinical psychology, religious studies; sports management, leadership, health sciences, education and business; day, evening and online classes. Telephone: (414) 410-4000; Website:

Carroll University

100 N. East Ave., Waukesha; Enrollment: 3,021 (undergrad), 460 (grad); Curriculum: liberal arts and pre-professional in 80 areas of study. Telephone: (262) 524-7373; Website:

Concordia University Wisconsin

12800 N. Lake Shore Dr., Mequon; Enrollment: 7,178; Curriculum: liberal arts, business, business science, nursing, education, theology, humanities, science, math, physical therapy and radiology technician. Telephone: (262) 243-5700; Website:

Gateway Technical College

3520 30th Ave., Kenosha; College serves approximately 23,500 students annually; campuses in Racine, Burlington, Kenosha, Elkhorn, Pleasant Prairie and Sturtevant; Curriculum: two-year technical college offering associate degrees, technical diplomas, advanced technical certificates and apprenticeship programs.  Telephone: (800) 247-7122; Website:

Herzing University

Brookfield Campus: 555 S. Executive Dr.; Kenosha Campus: 4006 Washington Rd.; Curriculum: More than 50 different programs available in business, technology, health care, design, and public safety; bachelor's and associate degrees taught in the classroom, online, or both; master's degrees, continuing education and certification prep courses also available. Telephone: Brookfield Campus: (262) 725-0321; Kenosha Campus: (262) 287-9562; Website:

Lakeland College – Milwaukee Center

1135 S. 70th St., West Allis; Enrollment: 600; Curriculum: evening, Saturday and online bachelor's programs in business administration, computer science, accounting, marketing, psychology, communication, early childhood education and elementary/middle school education, criminal justice and specialized administration; master's degrees in business, education and counseling. Telephone: (414) 476-6565; Website:

Marian University – West Allis Center

1227 S. 116th St., West Allis; Enrollment: 175; Curriculum: adult undergraduate programs in criminal justice, general management, homeland security, human resource management, interdisciplinary studies, marketing, nursing, operations and supply chain management, organizational communication and radiologic technology completion program; graduate programs in criminal justice, education, nursing, thanatology and organizational leadership; doctorate programs in curriculum and instruction, educational administration and leadership studies. Telephone: (414) 258-6757; Website:

Marquette University

1250 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee; Enrollment: 11,800; Curriculum (colleges/schools): arts and sciences, business administration, communication, dentistry, education, engineering, health sciences, law, nursing, and professional studies. Telephone: (414) 288-7250; Website:

Medical College of Wisconsin

8701 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee; Enrollment: 1,245 (845 medical students and 400 graduate students), 860 graduate physicians in residency and fellowship training; Curriculum: medical, biomedical science, public health. Telephone: (414) 955-8296; Website:

Milwaukee Area Technical College

700 W. State St., Milwaukee; Enrollment: 50,000; Curriculum: business, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, media and creative arts, technology and applied sciences, and pre-college education. Telephone: (414) 297-MATC; Website:

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee; Enrollment: 625; Curriculum: bachelor of fine arts degree in communication design, illustration, industrial design, interior architecture and design, and fine arts. Telephone: (414) 847-3200; Website:

Milwaukee School of Engineering

1025 N. Broadway, Milwaukee; Enrollment: 2,712 (undergraduate), 227(graduate); Curriculum: engineering – architectural, biomedical, biomolecular, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, software; business – business administration; other – nursing, construction management, actuarial science, user experience and communication design; graduate programs – business administration, civil engineering, engineering, engineering management, architectural engineering, nursing - healthcare systems management, perfusion, new product management and marketing, and export management. Telephone: (414) 277-6763 or (800) 332-6763  Website:

Moraine Park Technical College

2151 N. Main St., West Bend; Enrollment: 4,300; Curriculum: more than 60 career areas. Telephone: (262) 334-3413  Website:

Mount Mary University

2900 N. Menomonee River Pkwy., Milwaukee; Enrollment: nearly 1,475; Curriculum: liberal arts with more than 30 undergraduate majors for women and nine graduate programs for women and men. Majors include art and design, art therapy, business, counseling, dietetics, education, English, fashion, health sciences, interior design, justice, occupational therapy and social work, among others; Telephone: (414) 258-4810; Website: 

Ottawa University

245 S. Executive Dr., Suite 110, Brookfield; Enrollment: 350; Curriculum: bachelor's degrees in 19 majors including accounting, business administration and health care management; master's degrees in business administration and human resources; courses can be completed in the classroom, online or both. Telephone: (262) 879-0200 or (866) 228-4262; Website:

University of Phoenix – Milwaukee

Three locations in the Greater Milwaukee area. Main Campus: 10850 W. Park Place, Suite 150, Milwaukee; Enrollment: 4,600; Curriculum: bachelor of science degrees in business with concentrations of study in business management, management, business administration and information systems; master's degree in business administration (MBA). Telephone: (262) 785-0608; Website:

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

2310 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee; Enrollment: 22,321 (undergraduate), 4,835 (graduate); Curriculum (colleges/schools): letters and sciences, engineering and applied science, architecture and urban planning, education, nursing, business, information studies, continuing education, graduate school, health sciences, social welfare, arts, public health, and freshwater sciences study. Telephone: (414) 229-1122; Website:

University of Wisconsin – Washington County

400 University Dr., West Bend; Curriculum: freshman/sophomore courses offered in more than 200 majors, plus UW bachelor degree programs. Telephone: (262) 335-5201;

University of Wisconsin – Waukesha County

1500 N. University Dr., Waukesha; Enrollment: 2,200; Curriculum: two-year, freshman and sophomore liberal arts transfer institution. Telephone: (262) 521-5040; Website:

Upper Iowa University

620 S. 76th St., Suite 100, Milwaukee; Enrollment: 2,450; Curriculum: accelerated adult evening bachelor of science programs in business administration, accounting, human resources management, management, health services administration, marketing, management information systems, financial management, psychology, human services, public administration and criminal justice. Telephone: (414) 475-4848; Website:

Waukesha County Technical College

800 Main St., Pewaukee; Enrollment: 27,900 (full and part-time); Curriculum: more than 150 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates; four schools: school of health, school of applied technologies, school of business and school of protective & human services. Telephone: (262) 691-5566; Website:

Wisconsin Lutheran College

8800 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee; Enrollment: 1,188; Curriculum: liberal arts, business, teacher education, and nursing; 38 majors, five pre-professional programs, adult accelerated degree completion program and graduate programs. Telephone: (414) 433-8800; Website: