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Colleges / University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

About UW Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a public, state school in an urban setting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. UW Milwaukee was founded in 1956 and now enrolls around 24,724 students a year, including 20,213 undergrads.

As of 2021, the total market value of UW Milwaukee's endowment was $167.212 million UW Milwaukee employs one full-time professor for every 19 undergrads enrolled.

2021 UW Milwaukee Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 97%
Average GPA 3.2
Mean ACT score 22
Mean SAT score 1135
In-State Tuition $9,254
Out-of-State $21,120

UW Milwaukee Regular Decision Deadline 2022

UW Milwaukee's regular decision application deadline is September 1. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by September 1.

Early Admission at UW Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

It is moderately difficult to get into UW Milwaukee. UW Milwaukee admitted 97% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 8,583 applications received in 2021, 8,312 students were offered admission.

UW Milwaukee Waitlist

UW Milwaukee reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee?

UW Milwaukee is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UW Milwaukee, applicants must submit the following items.

UW Milwaukee Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for UW Milwaukee

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1135 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for UW Milwaukee students is 22.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UW Milwaukee.

Does UW Milwaukee Require the ACT or SAT?

UW Milwaukee is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 7% submitted the SAT. 91% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at UW Milwaukee

Yes! UW Milwaukee provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UW Milwaukee.

Financial Aid at UW Milwaukee

UW Milwaukee meets 49.6% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UW Milwaukee full-time are awarded $8,293 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is UW Milwaukee a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UW Milwaukee

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UW Milwaukee, around 72% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 3,334 students who started at UW Milwaukee as first-time freshman, 703 graduate within four years.

Around 46% of students who started at UW Milwaukee earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $30,221 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UW Milwaukee sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UW Milwaukee a good school for you?

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Where is UW Milwaukee?

UW Milwaukee is located in the urban setting of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, less than an hour from Milwaukee.

If you want to see UW Milwaukee for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 94 to Milwaukee, or book a flight to the nearest airport, General Mitchell International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UW Milwaukee and Milwaukee are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 413 Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

Campus Setting: Urban

UW Milwaukee Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Sep 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW Milwaukee is Sep 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW Milwaukee is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UW Milwaukee ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UW Milwaukee is 22. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into UW Milwaukee. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UW Milwaukee SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1230


Math SAT Range

520 - 630


Reading SAT Range

510 - 620

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1230 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UW Milwaukee students is 1135. Applicants with SAT scores of 1230 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UW Milwaukee, while applicants with SAT scores between 1060 to 1230 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1060 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UW Milwaukee.

UW Milwaukee Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UW Milwaukee is like? There are approximately 24,724 students enrolled at UW Milwaukee, including 20,213 undergraduate students and 4,511 graduate students. 82% percent of students attend school full-time, 12% percent are from WI and 88% percent of students are from other states.


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