Facts & Impact

As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, UWM has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism.

On a true operating budget of $546* million, UWM educates more than 28,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin. It does this as a low-cost leader among the nation’s 200 research universities, with lower administrative and overhead spending compared to peer institutions nationwide.

The Princeton Review named UWM a “2015 Best in the Midwest” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education named UWM a National Resource Center for Global Studies, recognizing the university’s ability to strengthen global competitiveness through international studies and world language training.


  •  Made in Milwaukee
    UWM is a living laboratory of innovation and engaged research. Entrepreneurship and collaboration are hallmarks of curricula across our 14 schools and colleges.
  •  The impact of our entrepreneurial focus has resulted in 200 product ideas from UWM students in less than three years through our Student Startup Challenge, and 18 student/alumni businesses started from UWM programs.
  •  Since the UWM Research Foundation was launched in 2006, issued patents and patent applications have grown to nearly 200. The potential of this research to improve lives, revitalize economies and answer some of the most profound questions in science and society are represented in this breakdown: 8 faculty businesses with links to UWM Research Foundation. 35 patents issued. 21 active licenses taken on UWM intellectual property.


  •  Uniquely UWM — standout university programs
    Prestigious, only-at-UWM academic programs and opportunities include the Peck School of the Arts, Wisconsin’s largest dedicated and comprehensive public arts university, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning and the School of Freshwater Sciences. UWM is a leading provider of academic degrees in many fields, including:
  •  Criminal Justice in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
  •  Education in the School of Education
  •  Environmental Health in the Zilber School of Public Health
  •  Finance in the Lubar School of Business
  •  Journalism in the College of Letters & Science
  •  Library and Information Sciences in the School of Information Studies
  •  Materials Engineering in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  •  Nursing and nurse practitioner in the College of Nursing, including a master’s program ranked in the top 6% nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
  •  Supply Chain and Operations Management in the Lubar School of Business

  •  Community Engagement
    UWM has been building bridges and nurturing partnerships with nonprofits and service providers across southeastern Wisconsin for nearly 30 years.
  •  In 2015, the White House and Carnegie Foundation recognized UWM for this work with two major commendations, a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and a community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  •  On average, our students volunteer 43,000 hours per year, and UWM faculty, staff and students partner with more than 125 organizations in southeastern Wisconsin.


  •  UWM Online
    Every semester more than 8,000 students combine online and face-to-face courses and 2,000+ are fully online learners.
  •  TheBestSchools.org named UWM Online the best online college in Wisconsin. U.S. News & World Report ranked UWM Online 160th for Best Online Graduate Education Programs. UWM’s U-Pace online instruction has received 4 national awards.
  •  More than 30 online degrees and certificates and 700-plus online courses include 10 fully online bachelor’s degree programs and 11 fully online master’s and PhD programs
  •  UWM Foundation
    The UWM Foundation receives private donations to support scholarships, research, and programs of excellence and outstanding achievement. Assets have grown from $17,065 in 1974, when the Foundation was established, to more than $201 million today. Subsidiary foundations include the UWM Research Foundation and the UWM Real Estate Foundation.
  •  The Real Estate Foundation develops and holds real property for the benefit of the university including RiverView Hall, Cambridge Commons and the Innovation Campus.
  •  The Research Foundation supports research and innovation at UWM through scholarship and grant funding, and the facilitation of university-corporate partnerships.
  •  UW Flexible Option
    UWM is a leading partner in the UW Flexible Option Degree Program, a national model of competency-based, self-paced university learning. The university administers four flex-degree programs:
  •  Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  •  Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Diagnostic Imaging Degree Completion Program
  •  Bachelor’s degree in Information Science & Technology
  •  Certificate in Business and Technical Communications

By The Numbers

 Operating Budget
State appropriations $130,046,000 24%
Student tuition $234,206,000 43%
Other operating receipts $123,183,000 23%
Federal aid, grants & contracts $45,000,000 8%
Gift fund income $13,215,000 2%
Total $545,650,000*
  • Tuition & Fees
  • Undergraduate
  • $9,391 for Wisconsin residents
  • $13,020 for Minnesota residents
  • $13,437 for Midwest Student Exchange Program students
  • $19,120 for residents of other states
  • Graduate
  • $11,686 for Wisconsin residents
  • $16,758 for Minnesota residents
  • $24,152 for residents of other states
  • Total Enrollment: 28,042
  • Undergraduate: 23,108
  • Graduate: 4,934
  • Wisconsin residents: 23,956
  • Non-residents: 4,086
  • Women: 14,798
  • Men: 13,244
  •  1,562 international students represent 80 countries. UWM students come from 48 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and overseas military bases.
  • Academic Programs
  • 186 programs offered
  • 93 bachelor’s degree programs
  • 59 master’s degree programs
  • 34 doctoral degree programs
  • 14 Schools & Colleges
  • School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Peck School of the Arts
  • Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
  • School of Continuing Education
  • School of Education
  • College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • School of Freshwater Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • College of Health Sciences
  • School of Information Studies
  • College of Letters & Science
  • College of Nursing
  • Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
  • Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
  •  15 Division I athletic teams enrich campus life and the university’s academic and athletic profile. To date, Panther athletes have earned 129 Horizon League titles, 37 NCAA tournament appearance, 7 McCafferty trophies, 28 consecutive semesters at or above 3.0 GPA
  • 3,779 employees
  • 1,703 faculty/instructional staff
  • 1,063 academic staff
  • 1,013 classified staff (2014)

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