Within UWM’s 15 schools and colleges, you will likely find the area of study that you are seeking. As a large research university located in an urban environment, UWM supports a student community that is made up of about 19,000 undergraduate students and 4,600 graduate students. As part of this community, more than 1,200 international students call UWM home.
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Quick Facts for International Visitors:
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 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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- 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
- 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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The cost of classes for out-of-state students for one academic year* is about $27,000 for undergraduate and $32,000 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
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.
More than 3,900 UWM undergraduates received over $10 million in scholarships in the 2017-18 academic year. All incoming students, including international students are encouraged to apply for scholarship opportunities at uwm.edu/scholarships.
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.
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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