The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provides an affordable, world-class education to 24,000 students from 87 countries. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health. As one of the nation’s top research universities, UWM partners with leading companies in Wisconsin and beyond to advance knowledge, bring new discoveries to market and prepare students for work in a global economy. Seventy-four percent of our 198,000 alumni live and work in Wisconsin, further contributing to the state’s health, vibrancy and economic growth.
UWM offers 206 degree programs with classes taught by faculty members recognized worldwide as experts in their fields. It’s also home to Wisconsin’s largest online education program, with more than 900 classes and 46 fully online certificate and degree programs.
The university is home to the state’s largest collaboration of health sciences, nursing and public health programs through its Partners for Health initiative. It also boasts one of the world’s top film programs, the state’s largest school of education and Wisconsin’s only bachelor’s program in ASL/English interpretation. Other major programs include business, engineering and information studies. UWM also offers a range of programs for lifelong learners of all ages, such as certificates for professionals, class auditing opportunities for retirees and pre-college summer programs for students in grades K-12.
Facts & Figures
A Vibrant Campus
UWM is home to 15 NCAA Division 1 teams that share 146 conference championships and 64 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Five residence halls located in Milwaukee’s vibrant east side house 3,409 students.
UWM’s 259,769-square-foot Klotsche Center offers group exercise classes, intramural and club sports, adventure excursions through its Outdoor Pursuits program and more.
Located just blocks from Lake Michigan, UWM is home to the 11-acre Downer Woods and surrounded by more than one hundred miles of bike paths.
UWM has more than 290 student organizations that cover a range of topics and interests as well as a 43-person Student Association elected by and representing students.
Students enjoy hundreds of art, music and theater events each year. Along with student productions, UWM frequently hosts nationally and internationally known touring acts.
As one of only two top-tier research universities recognized in Wisconsin by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, UWM plays a critical role in fueling the state’s economy through discovery and innovation.
UWM research focuses on addressing the big problems facing our world today. From sustainable energy advancements to health care initiatives and keeping the Great Lakes clean, our faculty work for the common good.
Undergraduate students benefit from unique opportunities to work with faculty members on research projects in a wide range of disciplines, giving them practical experience that many other universities only offer at the graduate level. At the same time, graduate students from around the globe come here to study with internationally-recognized leaders in their field.
UWM partners with 3,700 businesses and nonprofits, offering students the chance to engage with a wide variety of organizations that are transforming our region. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named UWM among the nation’s top universities for community engagement.
Standards of Excellence
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education first added UWM to its list of institutions with “highest research activity” in 2016. In 2018, only 131 of the more than 4,300 post-secondary institutions evaluated received this designation.
The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center helps students in a wide range of majors develop the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a competitive marketplace and to further innovation in our region. Its multidisciplinary approach pairs forward-thinking instruction with campus-wide competitions and internships where students learn by doing.
The center also hosts the region’s I-Corps site, which connects faculty members and graduate students from multiple universities with business mentors to explore bringing research discoveries to market. I-Corps is a national program supported by the National Science Foundation.
The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center helps students in all majors develop the skills and find resources to turn their creative ideas into businesses or nonprofits. The center offers Fresh Ideas workshops led by students, faculty members, business leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as Ideas Challenge classes that count toward a variety of majors. Its annual business competition, known as the Student Startup Challenge, has generated more than 416 business ideas.
Budget & Economic Impact
UWM is an important contributor to the Wisconsin economy, with its impact estimated at $1.5 billion per year by the North Star Consulting Group. The university employs 6,749 people, including faculty, staff and student workers. In addition, 74 percent of UWM’s 198,000 graduates stay in Wisconsin, using their education, skills and experience to benefit the state.
2020-21 UWM Operating Budget
|22%||Financial aid passed directly to students||$146 million|
|22%||State appropriations||$150 million|
|18%||Other operating receipts||$120 million|
|5%||Federal aid, grants and contracts||$36 million|
|3%||Gift fund income||$22 million|
|30%||Student tuition||$200 million|
Our 104-acre main campus on Milwaukee’s east side is just blocks from Lake Michigan and home to 11 of UWM’s 15 schools and colleges. Notable landmarks include the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, which opened in 2015, and the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and UWM Welcome Center, which opened in the same building in spring 2019.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha occupies 86 acres on the western edge of the City of Waukesha and serves students in their first two years of college. The former UW-Waukesha joined with UWM in 2018.
Washington County Campus
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Washington County sits on 87 acres in West Bend and is surrounded by the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest. The former UW-Washington County became part of UWM in 2018.
The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences occupies more than 200,000 square feet on the Milwaukee Harbor. It’s home to the UWM Center for Water Policy, Great Lakes Genomics Center and the only year-round research vessel operating on the Great Lakes.
The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health is housed in a 55,000-square-foot building on the former Pabst Brewery site in downtown Milwaukee. A $10 million donation from philanthropist Joseph Zilber helped launch the school, which opened in 2012.
Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa brings academic researchers together with medical and business organizations to advance science for application and commercial uses. Its 25,000-square-foot Innovation Accelerator building includes labs, meeting rooms and work space.