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92 Colleges
94,839 Yearly Graduations
$66,899 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,869 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Wisconsin ranked #20 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 94,839 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Wisconsin is $16,725 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $19,271 a year.

An estimated 65% of college students in Wisconsin take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,717 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
15,614 Yearly Degrees
$10,728 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 42,977 students at Wisconsin in total, 28,977 of which are full-time undergraduates. Wisconsin has a freshman retention rate of 95%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 54%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

Roughly 34% of students at Wisconsin take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,260 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wisconsin is $45,000.

#2

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
5,754 Yearly Degrees
$10,543 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 17,076 full-time undergraduates at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and 24,988 students altogether. It takes the average University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

Roughly 65% of students at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,565 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Madison Area Technical College

Madison, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
3,932 Yearly Degrees
$4,095 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,980 full-time undergraduates at Madison College, and 15,410 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

34% of Madison College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,198 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Madison College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
3,689 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Milwaukee Area Technical College is 14,012, of which 4,596 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 36% of students at MATC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,619 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MATC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Fox Valley Technical College

Appleton, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
3,647 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,190 full-time undergraduates at FVTC, and 11,660 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 44% of students at FVTC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,521 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from FVTC is $32,200.

Public Public vs. Private
3,397 Yearly Degrees

There are 11,488 students at NWTC in total, 2,680 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 42% of students at NWTC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,745 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NWTC is $31,000.

#7

Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,290 Yearly Degrees
$21,060 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Marquette University is 11,426, of which 8,026 students are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Marquette is 89%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

51% of Marquette students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,642 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Marquette with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $50,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
3,179 Yearly Degrees
$8,108 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater is 12,434, of which 9,830 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Around 50% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,156 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,900 during the early-career years.

#9

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
3,119 Yearly Degrees
$7,793 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 7,994 full-time undergraduates at UW Oshkosh, and 13,933 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UW Oshkosh is 4.8 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 63%. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 65% of students at UW Oshkosh take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,899 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UW Oshkosh is $36,500.

#10

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
2,820 Yearly Degrees
$8,027 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,476 full-time undergraduates at UW - Eau Claire, and 10,904 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UW - Eau Claire is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,378 a year. UW - Eau Claire has a 7.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UW - Eau Claire is $38,500.

#11

Gateway Technical College

Kenosha, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
2,667 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Gateway Technical College is 9,166, of which 1,457 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 37% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,627 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Gateway Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
2,600 Yearly Degrees
$8,651 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,548 students at UW - La Crosse in total, 9,094 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UW - La Crosse undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Approximately 55% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,644 a year. UW - La Crosse has a 1.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UW - La Crosse with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
2,415 Yearly Degrees

There are 7,134 students at CVTC in total, 2,129 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,199 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CVTC is $31,900.

#14

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
2,351 Yearly Degrees
$8,066 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 8,222 students at UW - Stevens Point in total, 7,224 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at UW - Stevens Point, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly 63% of students at UW - Stevens Point take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,583 a year. UW - Stevens Point has a 3.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,600 during the early-career years.

#15

Northcentral Technical College

Wausau, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
2,261 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Northcentral Technical College is 5,167, of which 1,361 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 45% of students at North Central Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,730 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,000 during the early-career years.

#16

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
2,028 Yearly Degrees
$7,155 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Wisconsin - Stout is 9,416, of which 6,605 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UW - Stout is 4.7 years.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 55% are men and 45% are women.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,458 a year. UW - Stout has a 3.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UW - Stout with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $39,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

Platteville, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
1,971 Yearly Degrees
$7,640 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Wisconsin - Platteville is 8,548, of which 6,723 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UW - Platteville undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 64% of accepted students are men, and 36% are women.

Roughly 60% of students at UW - Platteville take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,045 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,000 during the early-career years.

#18

Waukesha County Technical College

Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
1,921 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,565 full-time undergraduates at WCTC, and 7,696 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 33% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,512 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,200 during the early-career years.

#19

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Shell Lake, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
1,774 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is 3,021, of which 1,087 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

54% of WITC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,674 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WITC is $29,500.

#20

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Green Bay, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
1,669 Yearly Degrees
$7,996 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,095 full-time undergraduates at University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, and 7,174 students altogether. For undergraduates at University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Around 33% of accepted students are men, and 67% are women.

Roughly 62% of students at University of Wisconsin - Green Bay take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,735 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Western Technical College

La Crosse, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
1,623 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,723 full-time undergraduates at Western Wisconsin Technical College, and 4,108 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

62% of Western Wisconsin Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,709 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,300 during the early-career years.

#22

Concordia University - Wisconsin

Mequon, Wisconsin
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,525 Yearly Degrees
$11,052 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 7,288 students at CUW in total, 2,616 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at CUW, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 63% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 64% of students at CUW take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,505 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CUW is $37,300.

#23

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

River Falls, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
1,481 Yearly Degrees
$7,640 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,105 students at UW - River Falls in total, 5,014 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 75%. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Approximately 64% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,246 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UW - River Falls is $35,600.

#24

Moraine Park Technical College

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
1,424 Yearly Degrees

There are 761 full-time undergraduates at Moraine Park Technical College, and 5,012 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 30% of students at Moraine Park Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,161 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,400 during the early-career years.

#25

Lakeshore Technical College

Cleveland, Wisconsin
Public Public vs. Private
1,171 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Lakeshore Technical College is 2,734, of which 691 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 45% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,230 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,800 during the early-career years.

Other Wisconsin Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 University of Wisconsin - Parkside 957
27 Carroll University 950
28 Viterbo University 909
29 Mid-State Technical College 834
30 Carthage College 785
31 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College 751
32 Herzing University - Madison 732
33 Milwaukee School of Engineering 687
34 Blackhawk Technical College 685
35 Cardinal Stritch University 672
35 Saint Norbert College 672
37 Edgewood College 641
38 Lakeland University 620
39 University of Wisconsin - Superior 591
40 Marian University 545
41 Alverno College 531
42 Nicolet Area Technical College 518
43 Lawrence University 460
44 Mount Mary University 423
45 Beloit College 417
46 Bryant and Stratton College - Wauwatosa 380
47 Rasmussen College - Wisconsin 341
48 Medical College of Wisconsin 330
49 Wisconsin Lutheran College 318
50 Maranatha Baptist University 212
51 Ripon College 197
52 The Institute of Beauty and Wellness 177
53 Bellin College 154
54 Milwaukee Career College 138
55 Northland College 137
56 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 129
57 Silver Lake College of the Holy Family 118
58 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Flex 105
59 Herzing University - Brookfield 99
60 Herzing University - Kenosha 96
61 Ottawa University - Milwaukee 92
62 Aveda Institute-Madison 86
63 VICI Beauty School 81
64 Columbia College of Nursing 64
65 Montessori Institute of Milwaukee 56
66 The Salon Professional Academy-Kenosha 54
67 The Salon Professional Academy-Onalaska 52
68 The Salon Professional Academy-Appleton 51
69 Paul Mitchell the School-Milwaukee 50
70 Empire Beauty School-Milwaukee 47
71 College of Menominee Nation 45
72 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals 44
73 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals 42
74 First Class Cosmetology School 40
74 Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential 40
76 Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College 38
77 State College of Beauty Culture Inc 37
78 The Professional Hair Design Academy 34
79 Paul Mitchell the School-Madison 31
80 Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology 28
81 Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology 27
82 Panache Academy of Beauty 25
83 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals 23
84 Shepherds College 18
85 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine - Racine 17
85 Advanced College of Cosmetology 17
87 Empire Beauty School-Green Bay 15
87 Nashotah House 15
89 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Janesville 14
90 Bella Academy of Cosmetology 12
91 East-West Healing Arts Institute 6
92 University of Wisconsin-Parkside Flex 5

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