University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and More

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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If you want to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the good news is that they accept 86 percent of their applicants. Learn more about their admission requirements.

Located just a few blocks from Lake Michigan, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM) is one of two public doctoral-level research universities in Wisconsin (the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the state's flagship campus, is the other). Over 90 percent of students come from Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee campus is made up of 12 schools and colleges which offer 155 degree programs. Undergraduates can choose from 87 Bachelor's degree programs, and students can even create their own major with the university's "Committee Interdisciplinary Major." In athletics, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League. The university fields 15 intercollegiate sports, with popular choices including track and field, basketball, and soccer.

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Admissions Data (2015)

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 26,726 (21,898 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48 percent Male / 52 percent Female
  • 84 percent Full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,493 (in-state); $19,851 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $700 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,030
  • Other Expenses: $3,306
  • Total Cost: $23,629 (in-state); $33,987 (out-of-state)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Financial Aid (2014-15)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 85 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 60 percent
    • Loans: 71 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,576
    • Loans: $7,276

Academic Programs

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 72 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 14 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 41 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Mission Statement

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"The mission of this system is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses, and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities; scientific, professional, and technological expertise; and a sense of purpose. Inherent in this mission are methods of instruction, research, extended education, and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics