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Wisconsin Lutheran College Overview

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lutheran College is a private not-for-profit institution. Milwaukee is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Wisconsin Lutheran College Known For?

261 Undergraduate Awards
$28,964 Avg Cost After Aid
96% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at WLC is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 90% of the faculty were full-time.
  • On average, it takes about 4.3 years for students from WLC to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Wisconsin Lutheran College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WLC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Educational Administration Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Value Business Administration & Management Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WLC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#38 Highest Paid Speech Communication Graduates College Factual
#54 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates College Factual
#98 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates College Factual
#143 Highest Paid General Psychology Graduates College Factual
#143 Highest Paid General Psychology Graduates College Factual
#162 Highest Paid Psychology Graduates College Factual

Where Is Wisconsin Lutheran College?


Contact details for WLC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 8800 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226-4699
Phone: 414-443-8800

How Do I Get Into WLC?

You can apply to WLC online at:

Admission Requirements for WLC

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WLC?

96% Acceptance Rate
45% Of Accepted Are Women
19% Submit SAT Scores
WLC has the high acceptance rate of 96%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 55% of accepted students are men and 45% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 96%, and the acceptance rate for women is 95%.

Average Test Scores

About 19% of students accepted to WLC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 590. Math scores were between 500 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wisconsin Lutheran College  ( 490 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Wisconsin Lutheran College  ( 500 to 600 )
WLC received ACT scores from 84% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Wisconsin Lutheran College  ( 20 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Wisconsin Lutheran College  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Wisconsin Lutheran College  ( 21 to 27 )

Can I Afford Wisconsin Lutheran College?

$28,964 Net Price
81% Take Out Loans
5.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WLC is $28,964. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WLC, approximately 81% of students took out student loans averaging $7,385 a year. That adds up to $29,540 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WLC is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Wisconsin Lutheran College Undergraduate Student Diversity

938 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,034 undergraduate students at WLC, with 938 being full-time and 96 being part-time.


There are also 132 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 938 full-time undergraduates at WLC, 45% are male and 55% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Wisconsin Lutheran College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 11
Black or African American 43
Hispanic or Latino 74
White 757
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 48

Geographic Diversity

Wisconsin students aren't the only ones who study at Wisconsin Lutheran College. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 8 countries are represented at WLC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Grenada.

Online Learning at Wisconsin Lutheran College

93 Took All Classes Online
191 Took At Least One Class Online
1.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at WLC. In 2019-2020, 191 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WLC has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 36th most popular in Wisconsin for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of WLC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Wisconsin Lutheran College was 1.3%. This is the #1,660 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WLC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WLC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 4%
Curriculum & Instruction 57%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 9%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WLC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WLC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Instructional Media Design #275
Curriculum & Instruction #284
Special Education #385

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Wisconsin Lutheran College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 75 7 0 82
Teacher Education Grade Specific 20 5 8 33
Educational Administration 0 5 22 27
Nursing 23 0 0 23
General English Literature 15 0 0 15
Health & Physical Education 14 0 0 14
General Biology 12 0 0 12
Communication & Media Studies 10 0 0 10
General Psychology 10 0 0 10
Computer Science 8 0 0 8
Human Services 8 0 0 8
Accounting 7 0 0 7
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 7 7
History 7 0 0 7
Mathematics 6 0 0 6
Fine & Studio Arts 5 0 0 5
Music 5 0 0 5
Communication & Journalism (Other) 4 0 0 4
Teacher Education Subject Specific 4 0 0 4
General Social Sciences 4 0 0 4
Design & Applied Arts 4 0 0 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 3 0 0 3
Religious Studies 3 0 0 3
Anthropology 3 0 0 3
Special Education 2 0 0 2
Natural Resources Conservation 2 0 0 2
Physics 2 0 0 2
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 1 0 0 1
Instructional Media Design 0 0 1 1
Romance Languages 1 0 0 1
Chemistry 1 0 0 1
Political Science & Government 1 0 0 1
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1 0 0 1
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 261 17 38 316


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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