Printable 2022 Facts and Information

Students

  • Total enrollment: 24,029 students
  • Milwaukee campus: 22,592 students 
  • 18,171 undergraduates 
  • 4,421 graduate students
  • UWM at Washington County: 387 students 
  • UWM at Waukesha: 1,050 students
  • Students from 72 Wisconsin counties
    and 49 states
  • 38% of undergraduates are first-generation college students
  • 982 veterans and military-related students enrolled, more than any other Wisconsin university

Alumni

  • Over 200,000 alumni 
  • 74% live and work in Wisconsin

Academics

  • 206 academic programs
  • 2 associate programs
  • 100 bachelor’s programs
  • 66 master’s programs
  • 38 doctoral programs
  • Largest and top-rated online education
    program in Wisconsin
  • More than 900 online courses
  • 49 fully online degree and certificate programs

Community Engagement

  • Partnerships with more than 3,000 businesses, nonprofits and other organizations
  • 33,000 hours of service-learning completed by students in 2021

Economic Impact

  • $1.5 billion economic impact on Wisconsin, according to NorthStar Consulting Group

Research

  • Ranked in the top 4 percent of research universities, a category known as R1, by
    the Carnegie Classification of Institutions
    of Higher Education
  • More than $40 million in grants in 2020-21
  • Recognized by national Council on Undergraduate Research – UWM has more than 1,000 undergraduate researchers

Only at UWM

  • Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health
  • The state’s largest nursing program
  • An engineering college ranked in the top 10 percent in the U.S.
  • A nationally recognized actuarial science program
  • The state’s only bachelor’s program in ASL/English interpretation
  • A film program ranked among the top 50 in the world (Variety Magazine)
  • The best online education program in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • The only NCAA Division I baseball team in Wisconsin

Strategic Partnerships

The UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center is a powerful resource for entrepreneurs, innovators and anyone who wants to make a positive change in their community. From courses and programs to workshops and networking, LEC provides the tools needed to transform ideas into reality.

The Connected Systems Institute (CSI) develops manufacturing domain specialists through education, state-of-the-art lab facilities and collaborative research opportunities. CSI facilitates research collaboration between industry and academia to support the development of advanced manufacturing processes, including working with tools that support domain-specific research and education on the industrial internet of things (IIoT), factory automation and the implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions.

The Center for Water Policy builds on the research of UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences, the UW System’s Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, and networks and partnerships with top scholars, scientists and policy institutions around the world. 

The Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute is an industry and academic partnership between Northwestern Mutual, UWM and Marquette formed to inspire and cultivate passion for data science in the Milwaukee region. The groundbreaking partnership is helping to build a technology ecosystem and advance southeastern Wisconsin as a national hub for technology, research, business and talent development, while also creating an organic pipeline of tech talent.

UWM’s TechEd Frontiers offers innovative online learning pathways for people to learn new workplace skills and advance in their careers. The on-demand learning allows employees and employers to grow together, focusing on the most in-demand skills and individual coaching to help employees immediately apply their new knowledge in the workplace.

UWM’s Small Business Development Center in its School of Continuing Education is a go-to resource for entrepreneurs and business owners. The center helps build strong frameworks for growing and improving small- and mid-sized companies while also helping launch successful new ventures. The center provides free online training as well as no-cost, confidential consulting and education programs.

Eliminating Equity Gaps

UWM is one of three major public-education institutions in Milwaukee to co-found M-cubed, a critical initiative to close the achievement gap. UWM is home to the Moon Shot for Equity’s inaugural launch in the Milwaukee region.

Opportunities For All

UWM has partnered with six other organizations for the Milwaukee Anchor Collaborative, which is dedicated to hiring more people of color and purchasing more goods from disadvantaged areas. Undertaken with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, UWM’s Student Success and Talent Pipeline Initiative places students from diverse backgrounds into internships to prepare them for career success.

Updated Sept. 2022