The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is one of the top 131 research universities in the United States as recognized by the Carnegie Classification and provides a world-class education to 23,000 students from 80+ countries.

Basic Facts About UWM
  • UWM is a public research university in the University of Wisconsin System and located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • The campus covers 104 acres, and the east side of campus is just five blocks from Lake Michigan
  • Academic departments are housed in more than 30 campus buildings
  • Students may select on-campus housing among five residence halls
  • Students can apply to live in a Living Learning Community
  • Students have access to more than 5.2 million cataloged materials at the UWM Libraries
  • There are more than 300 Student Organizations for student involvement
  • The UWM Student Union hosts art exhibits, lectures, and socio-cultural programming
  • UWM has an English Language Academy, allowing you to improve your English while in Milwaukee.
  • UWM offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to live in on-campus housing.
  • Students work-out and play sports at the UWM Klotsche Center
  • Students can watch competitions and games of UWM’s 15 Division I NCAA Athletic Teams
  • Campus Motto: Powerful Ideas, Proven Results
  • Campus Mascot: Pounce the Panther
  • Colors: Black and Gold
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Points of Pride
  • UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science Connects students with internship and job opportunities in the city. In fact, nearly 90% of engineering and computer sciences students at UWM land a job before graduation day.
  • Fifty-nine scientists at UWM are listed in a ranking of the top 2% of scientists in the world in a study by Stanford University.
  • The Princeton Review named UWM a 2020 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews.
  • UWM’s Lubar School of business is among only 5% of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International.
  • UWM has Wisconsin’s only accredited architecture school, and it’s one of only 28 universities in the U.S. to offer a doctoral degree in architecture.
  • UWM has the only accredited school of public health in Wisconsin.
  • In 2021, Variety magazine ranked UWM’s film program among the top 50 film programs in the world.
  • 2,800+ companies recruit on our Milwaukee campus
About Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee is the state of Wisconsin’s largest city, offering a unique environment that combines a thriving urban center with a small-town atmosphere.
  • Milwaukee is about 90 miles (144 kilometers) from Chicago, Illinois, which is the 3rd biggest city in the U.S. by population.
  • Students receive a bus pass for unlimited free rides on Milwaukee’s public-transportation bus system.
  • The cost of living in Milwaukee is significantly lower than in cities of coastal states.
  • Milwaukee is home to four Fortune 500 companies.
  • Milwaukee is home to the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA and Milwaukee Brewers of the MLB.
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UWM Schools and Colleges
STEM-Designated Degree Programs

UWM has a number of of STEM-designated programs from which to choose. A list can be found here.



The cost of tuition for out-of-state students for one academic year* is about $21,500 for undergraduate and $25,700 for graduate students. More specific information can be found here, and detailed proof of funding information for international graduate students can be found here.

In general, new students who have English proficiency and maintain steady and successful progress towards their degree will need 4 years to earn a bachelor’s degree, 2-3 years to earn a master’s degree, and 5 or more years to complete a doctoral (PhD) degree.

Cost of Living

The estimated living expenses (which will vary depending on your accommodations and food arrangements) for one academic year are about $15,000. The cost of health insurance for one academic year is about $1,755.

*An academic year means fall (September – December) and spring (January – May) semesters.


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has a scholarship program for newly admitted international undergraduate students. Scholarship award decisions will be based on academic merit and the diversity of the candidate (i.e. how the candidate contributes to the diversity of UWM).

The scholarship awards may be up to $5,000 per academic year ($2,500 per semester) and may be renewed each year (for a maximum of four years total).

Students are automatically reviewed on a rolling basis for a scholarship at the time they are admitted and will be notified in their admission letter. Scholarships will be awarded until all money is fully allocated. To ensure full consideration for an award for fall, students should be admitted by May 1st and for spring by October 1st. Note that only students admitted to a bachelor’s degree program at UWM will be considered for this scholarship.

We strongly encourage all admitted international students to also fill out the scholarship application and apply for any other scholarships they believe they meet the eligibility requirements for. This can be done at using your new ePantherID.


Graduate students have the opportunity for tuition remission via assistantships: teaching assistants, project assistants, program assistants and research assistants. Visit for more information.

Who is Admissible?

For a bachelor’s degree program, high school graduation (or the equivalent) is required for admission. Admissions coordinators carefully consider your academic preparation, as evidenced by the pattern and rigor of your high school coursework, class rank (if available), overall grade point average (GPA), and grades in specific courses related to your intended major at UWM. Students who have lower than a 2.0/4.0 GPA (in study at high school or another university) are not admissible. Some majors require higher GPAs (e.g., Architecture, Engineering, and Computer Science) and may also require additional materials and test scores (e.g., ACT or SAT).

Master’s degree programs require a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) for admission.  Doctoral degrees programs may require a master’s degree for admission but some programs admit students who only have bachelor’s degrees.  Competitiveness in the admission process for a master’s or doctoral degree program varies widely depending on the academic program.

Click here to learn how to apply to a degree program at UWM.


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