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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Data & Information Overview

442 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
89% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Ranked?

#524 Best Colleges in Nation
#19 Best Colleges in WI
Liberal Arts General Studies Highest Ranked Major

2024 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 442 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts general studies.

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Overall Quality

UWM is ranked #524 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list.

UWM also holds the #19 spot on the Best Colleges in Wisconsin ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UWM?

89% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 89%, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

UWM received ACT scores from 82% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee  ( 18 to 25 )

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
64% Full Time Teachers

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

76% Freshmen Retention
19% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee has a freshmen retention rate of 76%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 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 19%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  19 out of 100

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,620 Full-Time Undergraduates
31.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.5% Percent Women

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?

$17,486 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
$26,792 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UWM is $17,486. 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 +

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 44% of students took out student loans averaging $6,698 a year. That adds up to $26,792 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UWM is 6.2%. 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?

$50,707 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UWM make about $50,707 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UWM students since it is 19% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Wisconsin State
16,620 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
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

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Majors

87 Majors With Completions
4,588 Undergraduate Degrees
1,535 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 87 majors graduated from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Of these students, 4,588 received undergraduate degrees and 1,535 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 MajorsBachelor’s DegreesAverage Salary of Graduates
General Psychology225$32,263
Drama & Theater Arts225$20,668
Communication & Media Studies205$33,698
Finance & Financial Management201$45,310
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions177$32,011
Information Science177$45,005
Business Administration & Management166$46,853
General Education146$36,801

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

66% Take At Least One Class Online
15% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 15,665 students took at least one online class at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. This is a decrease from the 23,064 students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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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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