The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provides an affordable, world-class education to 27,000 students from 92 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. Eighty percent of our 185,000 alumni live and work in Wisconsin, further contributing to the state’s health, vibrancy and economic growth.


UWM offers 193 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 850 classes and 30 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 program in American Sign Language. Other major programs include business, engineering and information studies. We pride ourselves on having programs as diverse as our students’ interests.
Photography students Mikaila Dusenberry (left) and Rachel Lapow (right) analyze what they captured on film before beginning the printing process. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

Facts & Figures

Founded 1956
27,466 students
193 academic programs
1,599 faculty and instructional staff

A Vibrant Campus

  • NCAA Sports

    UWM is home to 15 NCAA Division 1 teams that share Uh oh! We could not find the data you were looking for! Horizon League Tournament titles and 60 NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • Campus Housing

    Five residence halls located in Milwaukee’s vibrant east side house 3,965 students.
  • Exercise/Wellness

    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.
  • Outdoor Recreation

    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.
  • Student Groups

    UWM has more than 300 student organizations that cover a range of topics and interests as well as a 43-person Student Association elected by and representing students.
  • Arts/Performances

    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.
  • Groundbreaking Discoveries

    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.
  • Student Involvement

    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.
  • Community Partners

    UWM partners with 3,900 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.
A student, professor and postdoctoral researcher work together in a lab.
Professor Ching-Hong Yang (middle) and his business partner Daniel Burgin (not pictured) created a startup, T3 Bioscience, to genetically modify plants to survive fire blight without antibiotics. Here, undergraduate John Srok (left) and postdoctoral fellow Xiaochen Yuan work with Yang in his lab. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

Standards of Excellence

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education added 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.


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.

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 8,078 people, including faculty, staff and student workers. In addition, 80 percent of UWM’s 185,000 graduates stay in Wisconsin, using their education, skills and experience to benefit the state.
2018-19 Milwaukee Campus Budget
24.2% Financial aid passed directly to students $167 million
19.1% State appropriations $132 million
18.5% Other operating receipts $127 million
5.8% Federal aid, grants and contracts $40 million
2.4% Gift fund income $16 million
30% Student tuition $207 million
Total $689 million

Our Campuses

  • Milwaukee

    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 houses the Milwaukee Institute for Drug Discovery and many researchers in chemistry, physics and public health.
  • Freshwater Sciences

    The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences opened a 92,000-square-foot addition to its Great Lakes Research Facility in 2014, giving it more than 200,000 square feet on the Milwaukee Harbor. The school is home to the UWM Center for Water Policy, Great Lakes Genomics Center and the only year-round research vessel operating on the Great Lakes.
  • Zilber School

    The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health occupies 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.
  • Waukesha

    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 campus became part of UWM on July 1, 2018.
  • Washington County

    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 freshman-sophomore campus became part of UWM on July 1, 2018.
  • Innovation Campus

    The 25,000-square-foot Innovation Accelerator building opened at the campus in Wauwatosa in 2014. The facility brings academic researchers together with medical and business organizations to advance science for application and commercial uses.
Map showing the location of the main UWM campus, the School of Freshwater Science, Zilber School of Public Health, the Waukesha campus and the Washington County campus.