List of colleges and universities in Wisconsin

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There are eighty-five colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Wisconsin that are listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison) is the state's largest public post-secondary institution, with a fall 2010 enrollment of 42,180 students. It is the flagship of the University of Wisconsin System, which includes 25 other campuses.[1]

Marquette University in Milwaukee is the state's largest private university, with a fall 2010 enrollment of 11,806 students. With 19,827 in attendance, Milwaukee Area Technical College is the largest technical college of Wisconsin. Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, also in Milwaukee, is the state's smallest institution, with an enrollment of 75 for fall 2010. Waukesha-based Carroll University is the state's oldest four-year post-secondary institution as it was founded on January 31, 1846, two years before Wisconsin achieved statehood.[2][3] Beloit College, located in the city of Beloit, was established two days later on February 2.[4]

Medical College of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are the state's only two medical schools.[5] The state's two law schools, Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School, are both accredited by the American Bar Association.[6][7] The majority of Wisconsin's post-secondary institutions are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),[8] but 15 have received accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).[9] Most are accredited by multiple agencies, such as the National League for Nursing (NLNAC), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Active institutions
SchoolLocation(s)[note 1]Control[note 2]Type[note 3]Enrollment[10]
(fall 2010)
Alverno CollegeMilwaukeePrivate not-for-profitMaster's university2,7591887[11]NCA, CCNE, NASM, NCATE
Bellin CollegeGreen BayPrivate not-for-profitSpecial-focus institution3291909[12]NCA, CCNE
Beloit CollegeBeloitPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college1,3971846[3]NCA
Blackhawk Technical CollegeJanesvillePublicAssociate's college3,3391968[13]NCA, ADA, APTA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Bryant & Stratton College–MilwaukeeMilwaukeePrivate for-profitAssociate's college1,0681854[14]MSCHE
Bryant & Stratton College–WauwatosaWauwatosaPrivate for-profitBaccalaureate/associate's college9421854[14]MSCHE, NLNAC
Cardinal Stritch UniversityMilwaukeePrivate not-for-profitDoctoral/research university5,8421937[15]NCA, CCNE, NCATE, NLNAC
Carroll UniversityWaukeshaPrivate not-for-profitMaster's university3,3961846[16]NCA, ADA, APTA, CCNE
Carthage CollegeKenoshaPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college3,1441847[17]NCA, NASM
Chippewa Valley Technical CollegeEau ClairePublicAssociate's college6,0621912[18]NCA, NASM, JRCERT, NLNAC
College of Menominee NationKeshenaPrivate not-for-profitTribal college6151993[19]NCA, NLNAC
Concordia University WisconsinMequonPrivate not-for-profitMaster's university7,4841881[20]NCA, ACPE, AOTA, APTA, CCNE
DeVry University–WisconsinMilwaukeePrivate for-profitSpecial-focus institution5211931[21]NCA
Edgewood CollegeMadisonPrivate not-for-profitDoctoral/research university2,6261927[22]NCA, AAMFT, CCNE, NCATE
Fox Valley Technical CollegeAppletonPublicAssociate's college10,6841967[23]NCA, ADA, AOTA, NLNAC
Gateway Technical CollegeKenoshaPublicAssociate's college9,0521972[24]NCA, ADA, APTA, NLNAC
Globe University–Eau ClaireEau ClairePrivate for-profitAssociate's college7281885[25]ACICS, ABHES
Herzing UniversityMadisonPrivate for-profitBaccalaureate/associate's college4,2641965[26]NCA, ABHES, NLNAC
High-Tech Institute–BrookfieldBrookfieldPrivate for-profitAssociate's college3652006[27]ABHES
ITT Technical Institute–Green BayGreen BayPrivate for-profitSpecial-focus institution9241969[28]ACICS
ITT Technical Institute–GreenfieldGreenfieldPrivate for-profitSpecial-focus institution9241969[28]ACICS
ITT Technical Institute–MadisonMadisonPrivate for-profitAssociate's college4481969[28]ACICS
Kaplan CollegeMilwaukeePrivate for-profitAssociate's college5781937[29]ACCSC, ACICS
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community CollegeHaywardPublicTribal college4891982[30]NCA
Lakeland CollegePlymouthPrivate not-for-profitMaster's university3,9361862[31]NCA, TEAC
Lakeshore Technical CollegeClevelandPublicAssociate's college3,1591967[32]NCA, ABHES, JRCERT, NLNAC
Lawrence UniversityAppletonPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college1,5571847[33]NCA, NASM
Madison Area Technical CollegeMadisonPublicAssociate's college17,4631912[34]NCA, ADA, ADA, AOA, NLNAC
Madison Media InstituteMadisonPrivate for-profitAssociate's college4881969[35]ACICS
Maranatha Baptist UniversityWatertownPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college9621968[36]NCA
Marian UniversityFond du LacPrivate not-for-profitMaster's university2,8811936[37]NCA, CCNE, NCATE
Marquette UniversityMilwaukeePrivate not-for-profitDoctoral/research university11,8061881[38]NCA, ACME, ABA, ADA, APTA, APA, ASHA, CCNE, NCATE, NLNAC
Medical College of WisconsinMilwaukeePrivate not-for-profitSpecial-focus institution1,2771893[39]NCA, ADA, CEPH, LCME
Mid-State Technical CollegeWisconsin Rapids, Stevens PointPublicAssociate's college3,4301911[40]NCA, NLNAC
Midwest College of Oriental MedicineRacinePrivate for-profitSpecial-focus institution991979[41]ACAOM
Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeMilwaukeePublicAssociate's college19,8271912[42]NCA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Milwaukee Institute of Art & DesignMilwaukeePrivate not-for-profitSpecial-focus institution7001974[43]NCA, NASAD
Milwaukee School of EngineeringMilwaukeePrivate not-for-profitMaster's university2,5891903[44]NCA, CCNE
Moraine Park Technical CollegeFond du LacPublicAssociate's college8,4841912[45]NCA, JRCERT
Mount Mary UniversityMilwaukeePrivate not-for-profitMaster's university1,9571913[46]NCA, ADA, AOTA
Nashotah HouseNashotahPrivate not-for-profitSpecial-focus institution1141842[47]ATSCA
Nicolet Area Technical CollegeRhinelanderPublicAssociate's college1,4551967[48]NCA, NLNAC
Northcentral Technical CollegeWausauPublicAssociate's college5,1201912[49]NCA, ADA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeGreen BayPublicAssociate's college9,7551912[50]NCA, ADA, APTA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Northland CollegeAshlandPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college6031906[51]NCA
Northland International UniversityDunbarPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college6161976[52]TRACS
Ottawa University–MilwaukeeBrookfieldPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college4051865[53]NCA
Rasmussen College–Green BayGreen Bay, Appleton, WausauPrivate for-profitAssociate's college1,3421900[54]NCA
Ripon CollegeRiponPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college1,0651851[55]NCA
Sacred Heart School of TheologyFranklinPrivate not-for-profitSpecial-focus institution1071932[56]NCA, ATSCA
St. Norbert CollegeDe PerePrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college2,2411898[57]NCA
Sanford-Brown CollegeWest AllisPrivate for-profitAssociate's college1,3771866[58]ACICS, ABHES, JRCERT
Silver Lake CollegeManitowocPrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college7201885[59]NCA, CCNE, NASM
Southwest Wisconsin Technical CollegeFennimorePublicAssociate's college3,4311967[60]NCA, APTA, NLNAC
University of Phoenix–Madison CampusMadisonPrivate for-profitSpecial-focus institution2011976[61]NCA
University of Phoenix–Milwaukee CampusBrookfieldPrivate for-profitSpecial-focus institution5831976[61]NCA
University of Wisconsin Colleges[note 4]PublicAssociate's colleges14,385VariousNCA
University of Wisconsin–Eau ClaireEau ClairePublicMaster's university11,4131916[62]NCA, ASHA, CCNE, NASM
University of Wisconsin–Green BayGreen BayPublicMaster's university6,6361965[63]NCA, ADA, CCNE, NASM, NLNAC
University of Wisconsin–La CrosseLa CrossePublicMaster's university10,1351909[64]NCA, AOTA, APTA, CEPH, JRCERT, NASM
University of Wisconsin–MadisonMadisonPublicResearch university42,1801848[65]NCA, ACPE, ABA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, APA, ASHA, AVMA, CCNE, CEPH, JRCERT, LCME, NASAD, NASM, NAST
University of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeMilwaukeePublicResearch university30,4701885[66]NCA, AOTA, APTA, APA, ASHA, CCNE, NASM
University of Wisconsin–OshkoshOshkoshPublicMaster's university13,6291871[67]NCA, CCNE, NASM, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–ParksideKenoshaPublicBaccalaureate college5,1601968[68]NCA
University of Wisconsin–PlattevillePlattevillePublicMaster's university7,9281866[69]NCA, NASM, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–River FallsRiver FallsPublicMaster's university6,9021875[70]NCA, ASHA, NASM, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–Stevens PointStevens PointPublicMaster's university9,5001894[71]NCA, ADA, ASHA, NASAD, NASD, NASM, NAST
University of Wisconsin–StoutMenomoniePublicMaster's university9,3391891[72]NCA, AAMFT, ADA, NASAD, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–SuperiorSuperiorPublicMaster's university2,8561893[73]NCA, NASM
University of Wisconsin–WhitewaterWhitewaterPublicMaster's university11,5571868[74]NCA, ASHA, NASAD, NASM, NAST, NCATE
Viterbo UniversityLa CrossePrivate not-for-profitMaster's university3,2381890[75]NCA, ADA, CCNE, NASM, NCATE
Waukesha County Technical CollegePewaukeePublicAssociate's college8,1021923[76]NCA, ADA, NLNAC
Western Technical CollegeLa CrossePublicAssociate's college5,3921912[77]NCA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical CollegeShell LakePublicAssociate's college3,9251972[78]NCA, NLNAC
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeMilwaukeePrivate not-for-profitBaccalaureate college8401973[79]NCA
Wisconsin School of Professional PsychologyMilwaukeePrivate not-for-profitSpecial-focus institution751978[80]NCA, APA
AbbreviationAccrediting agency
AAMFTAmerican Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
AANAAmerican Association of Nurse Anesthetists
ABAAmerican Bar Association
ABHESAccrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
ACICSAccrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ACMEAccreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
ACPEAccreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
ADAAmerican Dental Association
ADAAmerican Dietetic Association
AOTAAmerican Occupational Therapy Association
APAAmerican Psychological Association
APTAAmerican Physical Therapy Association
ASHAAmerican Speech–Language–Hearing Association
CCNECommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
JRCERTJoint Review Committee on Education Programs in Radiologic Technology
LCMELiaison Committee on Medical Education
MSCHEMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools
NASADNational Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASDNational Association of Schools of Dance
NASMNational Association of Schools of Music
NASTNational Association of Schools of Theatre
NCANorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools
NCATENational Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
NLNACNational League for Nursing

Defunct institutions[edit]

Racine College, a defunct institution that closed in 1933.
Gale College, a defunct institution that closed in 1939.
Defunct institutions
Campion College of the Sacred HeartPrairie du ChienPrivate18801925[81]
Dominican College of RacineRacinePrivate19351974[82]
Downer CollegeFox LakePrivate18551964
Merged into Lawrence University
Gale CollegeGalesvillePrivate18541939[84]
Holy Redeemer CollegeWaterfordPrivate19681985[85]
Institute of Paper ChemistryAppletonPrivate19292003
Merged into Georgia Tech
Lakeside School of Massage TherapyMilwaukeePrivate19852011
Merged into Herzing University
Madison Business CollegeMadisonPrivate18581998[85]
Milton CollegeMiltonPrivate18441982[88]
Mount Senario CollegeLadysmithPrivate19622002[89]
Northwestern CollegeWatertownPrivate18651995
Merged into Martin Luther College
Racine CollegeRacinePrivate18521933[90]
St. Francis de Sales CollegeMilwaukeePrivate19691982[91]

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