University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus

Overview

Applicants
8,311
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average HS GPA
3.05

GPA Breakdown

9%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
32%
2.50 - 2.99
14%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 24

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,648
with Terminal Degree
1,003

831
Women
817
Men
365
Minority
46
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology, General
  • Microbiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting and Related Services
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Management Information Systems and Services
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Real Estate

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Urban Education and Leadership

  • Engineering

  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
  • Meteorology
  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography and Cartography
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts
  • Fine and Studio Arts
  • Music


Students Say

University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee is “a large, economical, urban, commuter school offering many good programs,” including an architecture school that “is probably the most prestigious at UWM” and a “very intense” nursing school. Both “are incredibly hard to get into,” students warn, informing us that “They are small but very powerful when it comes to recruiting students. We have to set our deadlines more than six months in advance for them. I’ve heard of a lot of people being turned away from the programs because they missed a deadline or they weren’t good enough to get into the program.” Business, accounting, global studies, and pre-dental science programs all earn students’ praise. So, too, do a number of offerings in the creative arts; the theatre program is reportedly “growing and developing into a very strong program” while the film program is “heavy on experimentation but still valuable for traditional film production.” In short, “UWM is not the slacker school it used to be; it’s definitely changing its standards for the better.” Affordable and reasonable in its admissions standards, UWM “provides a diverse setting where people of any background are able to study and take advantage of opportunities to earn a degree without being spoon fed.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Golda Meir
a founder of the State of Israel and fourth Prime Minister of Israel.

James L. Ziemer
president and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Frank Caliendo
noted stand-up comedian famous for his roles on Mad TV and FOX NFL Sunday.

Jim Rygiel
three-time Oscar winner for digital effects for the Lord of the Rings films

Alberto Fujimori
Former President of Peru

Willem Defoe
Oscar nominated Actor

Richie Cunningham
Lead character from the show Happy Days :-)

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 10

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,299

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,890

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,220

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,234

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,091
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,820
Required Fees
$1,209
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$700

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,010
Transportation for Commuters
$1,306

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
23,004
Out of State
7%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
81

Demographics

6.00%
Asian
8.38%
African-American
7.62%
Hispanic
74.09%
Caucasian
2.97%
International

51% female
49% male
7% are out of state
82% are full time
18% are part time

Students Say

“There is a lot of everyone at UWM,” “the most diverse school in the state of Wisconsin.” One student observes that “You can find blacks talking to Chinese, whites with Indians. Everyone’s pretty cool with everyone else.” In addition, UWM is home to “a lot of nontraditional students,” and “students [who] have part-time jobs and can offer a wide range of experience.” The result of all this diversity is that “in the same room with someone straight out of high school you can find someone who went to the Middle East in the military, a single parent, and someone who was a result of the Baby Boom. Everyone has his or her own thing going on. The campus can simultaneously be littered with posters for a protest and signs for Bible study.” Undergrads have to make an effort to make connections, though, as the typical student is “a commuter who spends little time on campus, [making] it difficult to meet new people. Most students stay friends with their high school friends.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
16%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
72%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Students Say

The UWM campus “has everything you need for a great time,” including “great food…a bowling alley in the rec center,” a “movie theater in the dorms where movies are constantly playing,” and a “workout center that is great and just renovated, so it’s almost like brand new.” In addition, “because Milwaukee has lots of great venues,” including not only a legendary bar scene—this is the city beer built, after all—but also “the Milwaukee Public Museum, the beach, Brewers games, Bucks games, and parties.” Of the last, students report that “People like their weekend parties. House parties pretty much dominate the weekend atmosphere. But people who aren’t down with house partying can find their place in the downtown scene,” because “In the summer, spring and fall there are a million things to do in Milwaukee.” How extensively students can enjoy these extracurricular options varies widely, as many here work and manage family obligations in addition to their school responsibilities, leaving little time for college fun.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Accessibility Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Laurie Petersen

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Comprehensive and current psycho-educational or neuro-psychological assessment. Recommended testing instruments include the WAIS III and Wodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Preferred is a comprehensive and current psycho-educational or neuro-psychological assessment. Also accepted is completion of UWM's form of Certification of ADHD completed by a psychiatraist or psychologist.Form can be found on our website at www.sac.uwm.edu

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
296
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
18

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

67% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Panthers)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Panthers)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Marquette University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Marquette University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Marquette University

Sustainability

Located in the “Beer Capital of the World,” University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (UWM) sees a lot of empty bottles and aluminum cans; it’s no wonder the university’s recycling program is so far ahead of the curve. As early as 1984 UWM started recycling its yard waste, and in 1995 the university instituted paper and comingled (glass, cans, plastic bottles) recycling on campus. Today, UWM recycles everything from lab chemicals to construction waste to e-waste, and UWM’s Surplus Program finds new uses for unwanted furniture, industrial waste, and equipment on campus. In more recent years, the campus has led the charge that “Energy Matters”—a goal to reduce campus energy usage by 25 percent. With nearly all of the campus completed, energy savings are being realized far beyond that. To date, campus energy usage has dropped 30 percent per gross square foot, even while expanding 20 percent since 2008. Cellar to ceiling changes have overhauled the campus energy consumption from variable air volume HVAC, to lighting change outs, and building envelope updates. UWM’s close proximity to Lake Michigan means that it is intimately concerned with the threat to water quality posed by Milwaukee’s storm water runoff. With the assistance of students, a UWM professor has come up with a storm water Master Plan for the university. Since the early 1990s, UWM has installed seven green roofs on campus buildings including the university’s largest at the Golda Meir Library, which also incorporated a 30-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system. Cambridge Commons, the newest student dormitory, which features two green roofs, on-site renewable energy production, and access to the Milwaukee River, is LEED Gold-certified.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
14%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
6

Average Number of PC's per Lab
53

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kimberley Huettl
AD Visitor Info, Programs and Services

Address
Vogel Hall, Room 125D
P.O. Box 2174
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Phone
414-229-3491

Email
khuettl@uwm.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Grind Coffee Shop
Student Union
Klotche Recreation Center
Golda Meier Library
Sandburg Residence Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Bradford Beach/Lake Michigan Lakefront
North Avenue (Shopping, dining, etc.)
Summerfest Grounds
Miller Park
Bayshore Town Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Saturday .
MWF 10 & 1 TTh 10 & 3 S 10:30 & 1
414-229-3491

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies- in conjunction with campus tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
varies depending on the sport

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Limitations
Offered only as part of group overnight programs- 5 times per year

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis and buses available to campus. General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, WI is the closest airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The scenic lake route from all directions: From I-43 or I-94 near Downtown, take I-794 east to Lakefront exit. Go north along the lake on Lincoln Memorial Drive to the top of the hill, where Lincoln Memorial Dr. becomes E. Kenwood Blvd. and instersects with N. Lake Dr. Go straight (west) on Kenwood five blocks to campus. From the north: Take I-43 south to Capitol Drive East exit. Go east on Capitol to N. Downer Ave., then south (right) on Downer five blocks to campus.

Local Accommodations
Comfort Inn & Suites - Downtown 916 E. State St. Phone: 414-276-8800 or 1-800-328-7275 Formerly known as the Park East Hotel, located close to campus. County Clare Inn and Pub 1234 N. Astor St. Phone: 414-27-CLARE (414-272-5273) Irish inn with a pub and restaurant offers contemporary as well as traditional Irish fare, along with Irish entertainment. www.countyclare-inn.com