Best Colleges in Milwaukee

The Brew

A Great Place on a Great Lake

Although Milwaukee houses just short of 20 colleges and universities, a recent study ranked it 6th on a list of US cities with the highest number of college students per 100 residents.* Popular job prospects look to be in the field of construction, manufacturing, transportation, and retail, so degrees in construction, engineering, and business will open numerous careers options for you.* In 2009, Fortune Magazine’s list of “World Most Admired Companies” named 5 Milwaukee companies leaders in their industries. Republic Airlines, wind and solar equipment manufacturer, Ingeteam, and train manufacturer, Talgo are planning to add 1200 new jobs to the Milwaukee area. In the last year alone, there has been a 62.4% increase in jobs.* In fact, the Brew City has maintained a below average unemployment rate for the last 30 years!*

Milwaukee earned its nicknames, “The Brew,” and “Brewtown,” when it was once home to the four largest beer breweries, producing more beer than any other city in the world.* Today, Miller Brewing Company and Leinenkugel’s Brewery are two of the more popular companies still intact and currently operating.* Residents flock to Lake Michigan and Milwaukee River to enjoy sailing, windsurfing, and other water activities.* You might also enjoy visiting “The Pabst Mansion” or the Harley Davidson museum. Voted as the 5th best US city in which to retire, and the 2nd safest largest metropolitan area, you may come for your degree, but you’ll decide to settle down and stay once you’re here!*

*Wikipedia, “Milwaukee” *city-data.com *milwaukeedowntown.com *businessweek.com *bizjournals.com *Milwaukee 7

Best Four Year Universities in Milwaukee

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University offers 256 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 3,663 students graduated with students earning 2,433 Bachelor's degrees, 640 Master's degrees, 553 Doctoral degrees, and 37 Certificates degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
2 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee School of Engineering offers 32 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 561 students graduated with students earning 476 Bachelor's degrees, and 85 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
3 Concordia University-Wisconsin Mequon, WI

Concordia University-Wisconsin offers 216 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,940 students graduated with students earning 845 Master's degrees, 818 Bachelor's degrees, 162 Doctoral degrees, 64 Certificates degrees, and 51 Associate's degrees.

4 Carroll University Waukesha, WI

Carroll University offers 124 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a small city. In 2015, 929 students graduated with students earning 726 Bachelor's degrees, 107 Master's degrees, and 96 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI

Cardinal Stritch University offers 109 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,303 students graduated with students earning 597 Master's degrees, 483 Bachelor's degrees, 142 Associate's degrees, 50 Certificates degrees, and 31 Doctoral degrees.

6 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers 243 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 5,645 students graduated with students earning 4,104 Bachelor's degrees, 1,313 Master's degrees, and 228 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 40 Reviews
7 Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin Lutheran College offers 100 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 285 students graduated with students earning 276 Bachelor's degrees, and 9 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 Alverno College Milwaukee, WI

Alverno College offers 104 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 725 students graduated with students earning 416 Bachelor's degrees, 216 Master's degrees, 83 Certificates degrees, and 10 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
9 Mount Mary University Milwaukee, WI

Mount Mary University offers 125 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 429 students graduated with students earning 232 Master's degrees, 165 Bachelor's degrees, 20 Certificates degrees, and 12 Doctoral degrees.

10 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design offers 22 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 152 students graduated with students earning 152 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Milwaukee

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI

Waukesha County Technical College offers 91 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,787 students graduated with students earning 2,072 Certificates degrees, and 715 Associate's degrees.

2 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Area Technical College offers 219 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 3,899 students graduated with students earning 2,289 Certificates degrees, and 1,610 Associate's degrees.

3 Anthem College-Brookfield Brookfield, WI

Anthem College-Brookfield offers 0 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Marquette University Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
5/5
15 : 1 11,491
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
5/5
17 : 1 2,906
Concordia University-Wisconsin Concordia University-Wisconsin Mequon, WI
5/5
20 : 1 8,268
Carroll University Carroll University Waukesha, WI
5/5
17 : 1 3,508
Cardinal Stritch University Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
5/5
14 : 1 3,176
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
3/5
22 : 1 26,726
Wisconsin Lutheran College Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee, WI
5/5
18 : 1 1,188
Alverno College Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
5/5
16 : 1 2,209
Mount Mary University Mount Mary University Milwaukee, WI
5/5
13 : 1 1,313
Waukesha County Technical College Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
2/5
21 : 1 7,928
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee, WI
5/5
10 : 1 627
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
2/5
21 : 1 15,186
University Logo Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork Grafton, WI 6 : 1 30
Milwaukee Career College Milwaukee Career College Milwaukee, WI 6 : 1 126
University Logo VICI Aveda Institute Greenfield, WI 12 : 1 117
Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa Wauwatosa, WI
4/5
16 : 1 666
University Logo The Institute of Beauty and Wellness Milwaukee, WI 12 : 1 202
University Logo Advanced Institute of Hair Design-Glendale Glendale, WI 14 : 1 80
ITT Technical Institute-Greenfield ITT Technical Institute-Greenfield Greenfield, WI
4/5
20 : 1 370
University Logo Regency Beauty Institute-Greenfield Greenfield, WI 13 : 1 52
Medical College of Wisconsin Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI 1 : 1 1,217
Bryant & Stratton College-Milwaukee Bryant & Stratton College-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
4/5
20 : 1 580
Herzing University-Brookfield Herzing University-Brookfield Brookfield, WI
3/5
42 : 1 330
Bryant & Stratton College-Bayshore Bryant & Stratton College-Bayshore Glendale, WI
4/5
33 : 1 423
University of Phoenix-Wisconsin University of Phoenix-Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI 11 : 1 121

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Questions About Going to College in Milwaukee

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in this city?

Hit hard by the recession, employment across metropolitan Milwaukee reached its low point in 2010. Nowadays, Wisconsin’s largest city shows signs of improvement. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce reports gains in nonfarm employment in 2015, with the business and professional services sector registering the strongest increase (up 5.5 percent).* Financial services and health care remain important to the economy, while an expansion project Milwaukee wouldn’t be complete without mention of its world-famous breweries. MillerCoors and others employ workers in positions ranging from lab techs to tour guides.

*http://www.mmac.org/economic-trends.html

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in this city?

Lucky you, health science grads. Aurora Health Care alone employs more than 21,000 people, and other opportunities exist with Columbia St. Mary’s and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Things look promising for financial types too as BMO Harris and U.S. Bank seek talent. Love motorcycles? Maybe you’re destined for a job at Harley-Davidson’s corporate headquarters as a technology design lead or a supply chain analyst. Or play your cards right and you might end up as a banquet manager or a purchasing coordinator at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

Is Milwaukee more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

Home to Marquette University and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, students dominate some parts of the city. And many choose to stay after graduation. The eastern edge of the city has added nearly 4,000 new residents over the past decade as trendy restaurants and live music at Pabst Theater and Turner Hall draw young adults interested in urban living. Billed as “The Big City of Little Neighborhoods,” Milwaukee also has plenty of places where families can settle. First-time homebuyers may score a relatively affordable bungalow in Bay View, while Whitefish Bay has a reputation for quality schools and community activism.

What do the locals in Milwaukee like to do for fun?

Put some brats on the mini-grill and let the beer flow! Brewers fans rank among the most passionate tailgaters in major league baseball, turning an afternoon game into an all-day experience. Locals also love their community events, leading to Milwaukee’s nickname “City of Festivals.” Grab a plate of steaming hot cheese curds before watching dogs compete at dock diving at the Wisconsin State Fair. Or experience the four-day bash called Bastille Days. With an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, and a 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica, it may be the next best thing to actually visiting France.

What's the dating scene like in Milwaukee? Will I meet my perfect mate?

With about 600,000 people living in Milwaukee and more than 1.5 million in the metro area, the numbers bode well for encountering date material. And with so many events that get everyone out and about, socializing extends far beyond the bar scene. Strike up a conversation between musical acts during the 11 days of Summerfest. Or challenge a fellow Brewers tailgater to a game of “bags” (also known as “cornhole”) – the loser can buy dinner. Looking for some help breaking the ice? Try one of Milwaukee’s Lock and Key Parties. During Happy Hour at select bars, men receive keys and women get locks. Attendees mingle with each other and test out their locks and keys for matches. Or check out It’s Just Lunch Milwaukee, a group that arranges lunch dates for busy professionals.

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