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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee? We’ve put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors UWM offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee was awarded 505 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is water, wetlands, and marine resources management.

Overall Quality

UWM landed the #689 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UWM held the #996 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 52 colleges in Wisconsin, UWM is ranked at #19.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UWM?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is 79%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that UWM is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

UWM received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee  ( 19 to 24 )

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at UWM is 18%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  18 out of 100

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,056 undergraduates at UWM with 16,620 being full-time and 3,436 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Cost?

The overall average net price of UWM is $17,876. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UWM

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,222 $14,957 $17,881 $20,945 $21,354

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UWM, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UWM, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $7,518 a year. That adds up to $30,072 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UWM is 8.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do UWM Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UWM make about $44,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future UWM graduates since it is 11% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee make the most money.

Location of University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for UWM are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Phone: 414-229-1122

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 87 majors graduated from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Of these students, 4,891 received undergraduate degrees and 1,481 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 360 $31,855
Communication & Media Studies 332 $34,839
Marketing 292 $43,062
Nursing 276 $61,483
Finance & Financial Management 230 $47,762
General Biology 187 $30,698
Information Science 182 $47,440
Business Administration & Management 157 $50,562
General Education 153 $37,691
Fine & Studio Arts 126 $30,196

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UWM

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 23,064 students took at least one online class at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. This is an increase from the 9,733 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 23,064 10,987
2018-2019 9,733 2,376
2017-2018 9,590 2,373
2016-2017 8,610 1,847
2015-2016 8,588 1,825

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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