Why Study at UWM?

Get the best of both worlds: a campus in a tree-lined neighborhood five minutes from Lake Michigan, and 15 minutes north of bustling downtown Milwaukee with thousands of internships and job connections.

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

Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers.

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.

Quick Facts:

UWM is committed to global engagement and places value on diversity in all of its definitions, including who we are, how we think, and what we do.

UWM is a public research university in the University of Wisconsin System and located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

UWM offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to live in on-campus housing.

UWM has English as a Second Language Programs.

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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 five Fortune 500 companies.

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Basic Facts About UWM
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 $21,100 for undergraduate and $25,300 for graduate students. More specific information 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 $12,000. The cost of health insurance for one academic year is about $1,726.

Compared to coastal cities (e.g., Vancouver and Los Angeles) and major metropolis cities (e.g., New York, Chicago, London…etc.) living in Milwaukee costs much less.


*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 uwm.academicworks.com using your new ePantherID.


Graduate students have the opportunity for tuition remission via assistantships: teaching assistants, project assistants, program assistants and research assistants. Visit uwm.edu/graduateschool 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.

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