UWM is one of the nation’s top 137 research universities as recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

That coveted R1 status reflects the depth and breadth of our work across dozens of doctoral programs and 24 research centers. Our discoveries transform lives and fuel the region’s economy.

Our Students Learn with the Best

Our professors are committed to quality graduate and undergraduate education in an array of research-intensive, career-building programs. Students learn from the top scholars in their field – and even contribute to their research – through the UWM Office of Undergraduate Research, McNair Scholars Program and 104 graduate programs.
1,000+ undergrads research alongside top faculty
38 doctoral programs

Community Engagement Enriches Research

UWM professors find inspiration working with more than more than 4,000 schools, businesses, community groups and other organizations. Their research is revitalizing Milwaukee, and their students are empowered to learn in local archives, clinics, parks, schools, studios and more. The results get noticed: The White House and Carnegie Foundation both named UWM a top university for community engagement.

Research Innovation Builds Business

Our thriving entrepreneurial climate brings breakthrough ideas to market. Students benefit from an interdisciplinary, university-wide approach to idea generation, collaboration and commercialization. Our success can be seen in the start-ups launched by professors, staff and students, and in dozens of patents and licensing agreements with Wisconsin businesses.
21 startup businesses tied to UWM Research Foundation
49licenses and option agreements since 2006