2016-17 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 budget of $667 million, UWM educates 26,000 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 2017 Best Midwestern university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. Times Higher Education lists UWM among the world’s 600 best universities.
The U.S. Department of Education named UWM a National Resource Center for Global Studies in 2014, recognizing the university’s ability to strengthen global competitiveness through international studies and world language training.
Standards of Excellence
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education elevated UWM to its list of institutions with “highest research activity” in 2016. Only 115 of the nation’s more than 4,600 post-secondary institutions received this designation, which is often called R1.
The state provides approximately 18% of UWM’s total operating budget.
UWM delivers a powerful return on the investment. In 2012-13, the most recent academic year for which full economic impact data is available, the university received $124 million from the state and had an economic impact of more than $1.5 billion on the Wisconsin economy.
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in research expenditures (2016)
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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:
- More than 250 product ideas from UWM students in four years through the Student Startup Challenge, leading to 30 teams and nine companies formed and operating. More than 1,000 students introduced to entrepreneurism through the Fresh Ideas Campaign.
- Hundreds of thousands of dollars in support for student enterprises through the La Macchia New Venture Business Plan Competition, Student Startup Challenge and James D. Scheinfeld Entrepreneurial Awards Competition.
Launched in 2006, the UWM Research Foundation has managed many new ideas, resulting in:
- 42 patents issued, and dozens of patent applications pending.
- 12 faculty businesses with links to UWM Research Foundation.
- 60 licenses and option agreements on UWM intellectual property.
UWM has been building bridges and nurturing partnerships with nonprofits and service providers across southeastern Wisconsin for nearly 30 years. The White House and Carnegie Foundation recognized UWM in 2015 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. In 2015-16, students completed more than 59,000 hours of service, many of them through service-learning classes. Faculty, staff and students partnered with nearly 180 non-profit and governmental agencies.
alumni, 74% of whom reside in Wisconsin
Wisconsin jobs created and supported:
1,575 faculty/instructional staff
980 administrative staff
868 university staff
5,441 student workers
With a growing international reputation and population of students, faculty and staff, UWM offers instruction in 20 languages; hosts international affairs programming that brings more than 2,400 participants to campus yearly and reaches 20,000 viewers online; and fosters an expanding network of academic, corporate and research partnerships that span the globe.
- A third of UWM freshmen are students of color.
- 84% of UWM students are Wisconsin residents.
- 8,732 undergraduate students enrolled are flagged as first generation, or 39%.
- More veterans attend UWM than any other school in Wisconsin: 1,088 total. Also, UWM is one of only three universities nationwide that partners with all three of the major veteran support programs — the Pat Tillman Foundation, Upward Bound and Vet Success.
- UWM was named a top LGBT+-friendly university, earning 4.5 out of a 5-star rating on eight standards that include policy, program and practice, according to the national nonprofit Campus Pride.
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 & 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 Science
- Nursing and nurse practitioner in the College of Nursing, including a graduate program consistently ranked among the top 10% nationally by U.S. News & World Report
- Supply Chain and Operations Management in the Lubar School of Business
- 97 bachelor’s degree programs
- 64 master’s degree programs
- 33 doctoral degree programs
15 Division I athletic teams enrich campus life and the university’s academic and athletic profile. To date, Panther athletes have won 91 Horizon League tournament championships, 57 NCAA tournament appearances, 7 McCafferty trophies and 32 consecutive semesters at or above 3.0 GPA.
TheBestSchools.org named UWM Online the best online college in Wisconsin. U.S. News & World Report ranked UWM Online 39th for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. UWM’s U-Pace online instruction has received 5 national awards for 30+ online degrees and certificates and 700+ online courses:
- 9 fully online bachelor’s degree programs
- 12 fully online master’s and PhD programs
- Every semester more than 9,000 students combine online and face-to-face courses and 2,000+ are fully online learners.
By the Numbers
Financial figures and enrollment information for the 2016-17 school year.
Wisconsin residents: 21,743
International students: 1,503
UWM students come from 50 states and 89 countries.
Tuition & Fees
Wisconsin residents $9,470
Minnesota residents $13,274
Midwest Student Exchange Program students $13,514
Residents of other states $19,826
Wisconsin residents $11,764
Minnesota residents $17,222
Residents of other states $25,036
Student tuition: $186.6M
Other operating receipts: $118.4M
State appropriations: $118.4M
Federal aid, grants & contracts: $43M
Gift fund income: $15.2M
Student aid passed to students
*Percentages exclude student aid. Figures based on Red Book Budget.
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 $226 million today. Subsidiary foundations include the UWM Research Foundation and the UWM Real Estate Foundation. The Research Foundation supports research and innovation at UWM through scholarship and grant funding, and the facilitation of university-corporate partnerships. The Real Estate Foundation develops and holds real property for the benefit of the university including RiverView Hall, Cambridge Commons and the Innovation Campus.
UW Flexible Option
UWM is a leading partner in the UW Flexible Option Degree Program, a national model of competency-based, online 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