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Colleges / University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate98%
Acceptance Rate98%

About UW Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Overview

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a public, state school in an urban setting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. UW Milwaukee was founded in 1956 and the school presently has around 24,021 students per year, including 19,600 undergraduates. UW Milwaukee offers housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is September 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by September 1.

Student Involvement at UW Milwaukee

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of UW Milwaukee's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? UW Milwaukee students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? UW Milwaukee has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UW Milwaukee has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UW Milwaukee on the Student Life page.

2022 UW Milwaukee Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 98%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 6%
In-State Tuition $9,610
Out-of-State $21,474
Percent of Need Met 49.2%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $8,418

Is UW Milwaukee a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better view of what UW Milwaukee offers and if the school could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

UW Milwaukee admitted 98% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 13,188 students applied to UW Milwaukee and 12,898 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UW Milwaukee

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UW Milwaukee, around 73% come back their sophomore year. Around 48% of students who started at UW Milwaukee earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook UW Milwaukee Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with UW Milwaukee directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's endowment was $167.2 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UW Milwaukee

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

UW Milwaukee meets 49.2% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $8,418 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $35,187 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served 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! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UW Milwaukee.

Based on this information, how does UW Milwaukee sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UW Milwaukee a good school for you?

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Where is University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Located?

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

If you are interested in seeing UW Milwaukee for yourself, be sure to 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

UW Milwaukee ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

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25 and Above


18 to 25


18 and Less


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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 25 and above have a good chance of getting into UW Milwaukee. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UW Milwaukee SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1180


Math SAT Range

490 - 580


Reading SAT Range

500 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


990 to 1180


990 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UW Milwaukee students is 1135. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UW Milwaukee, while applicants with SAT scores between 990 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 990 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 24,021 students enrolled at UW Milwaukee, including 19,600 undergraduate students and 4,421 graduate students. 81% percent of students attend school full-time, 88% percent are from WI and 12% percent of students are from other states.


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