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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]

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).


  • Institutions 1
  • Defunct institutions 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Active institutions
School Location(s)[note 1] Control[note 2] Type[note 3] Enrollment[10]
(fall 2010)
Founded Accreditation[10]
Alverno College Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Master's university 2,759 1887[11] NCA, CCNE, NASM, NCATE
Bellin College Green Bay Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 329 1909[12] NCA, CCNE
Beloit College Beloit Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,397 1846[3] NCA
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville Public Associate's college 3,339 1968[13] NCA, ADA, APTA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Bryant & Stratton College–Milwaukee Milwaukee Private for-profit Associate's college 1,068 1854[14] MSCHE
Bryant & Stratton College–Wauwatosa Wauwatosa Private for-profit Baccalaureate/associate's college 942 1854[14] MSCHE, NLNAC
Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Doctoral/research university 5,842 1937[15] NCA, CCNE, NCATE, NLNAC
Carroll University Waukesha Private not-for-profit Master's university 3,396 1846[16] NCA, ADA, APTA, CCNE
Carthage College Kenosha Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 3,144 1847[17] NCA, NASM
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire Public Associate's college 6,062 1912[18] NCA, NASM, JRCERT, NLNAC
College of Menominee Nation Keshena Private not-for-profit Tribal college 615 1993[19] NCA, NLNAC
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon Private not-for-profit Master's university 7,484 1881[20] NCA, ACPE, AOTA, APTA, CCNE
DeVry University–Wisconsin Milwaukee Private for-profit Special-focus institution 521 1931[21] NCA
Edgewood College Madison Private not-for-profit Doctoral/research university 2,626 1927[22] NCA, AAMFT, CCNE, NCATE
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton Public Associate's college 10,684 1967[23] NCA, ADA, AOTA, NLNAC
Gateway Technical College Kenosha Public Associate's college 9,052 1972[24] NCA, ADA, APTA, NLNAC
Globe University–Eau Claire Eau Claire Private for-profit Associate's college 728 1885[25] ACICS, ABHES
Herzing University Madison Private for-profit Baccalaureate/associate's college 4,264 1965[26] NCA, ABHES, NLNAC
High-Tech Institute–Brookfield Brookfield Private for-profit Associate's college 365 2006[27] ABHES
ITT Technical Institute–Green Bay Green Bay Private for-profit Special-focus institution 924 1969[28] ACICS
ITT Technical Institute–Greenfield Greenfield Private for-profit Special-focus institution 924 1969[28] ACICS
ITT Technical Institute–Madison Madison Private for-profit Associate's college 448 1969[28] ACICS
Kaplan College Milwaukee Private for-profit Associate's college 578 1937[29] ACCSC, ACICS
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Hayward Public Tribal college 489 1982[30] NCA
Lakeland College Plymouth Private not-for-profit Master's university 3,936 1862[31] TEAC
Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland Public Associate's college 3,159 1967[32] NCA, ABHES, JRCERT, NLNAC
Lawrence University Appleton Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,557 1847[33] NCA, NASM
Madison Area Technical College Madison Public Associate's college 17,463 1912[34] NCA, ADA, ADA, AOA, NLNAC
Madison Media Institute Madison Private for-profit Associate's college 488 1969[35] ACICS
Maranatha Baptist University Watertown Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 962 1968[36] NCA
Marian University Fond du Lac Private not-for-profit Master's university 2,881 1936[37] NCA, CCNE, NCATE
Marquette University Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Doctoral/research university 11,806 1881[38] NCA, ACME, ABA, ADA, APTA, APA, ASHA, CCNE, NCATE, NLNAC
Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 1,277 1893[39] NCA, ADA, CEPH, LCME
Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point Public Associate's college 3,430 1911[40] NCA, NLNAC
Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Racine Private for-profit Special-focus institution 99 1979[41] ACAOM
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee Public Associate's college 19,827 1912[42] NCA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 700 1974[43] NCA, NASAD
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Master's university 2,589 1903[44] NCA, CCNE
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac Public Associate's college 8,484 1912[45] NCA, JRCERT
Mount Mary University Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Master's university 1,957 1913[46] NCA, ADA, AOTA
Nashotah House Nashotah Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 114 1842[47] ATSCA
Nicolet Area Technical College Rhinelander Public Associate's college 1,455 1967[48] NCA, NLNAC
Northcentral Technical College Wausau Public Associate's college 5,120 1912[49] NCA, ADA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay Public Associate's college 9,755 1912[50] NCA, ADA, APTA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Northland College Ashland Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 603 1906[51] NCA
Northland International University Dunbar Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 616 1976[52] TRACS
Ottawa University–Milwaukee Brookfield Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 405 1865[53] NCA
Rasmussen College–Green Bay Green Bay, Appleton, Wausau Private for-profit Associate's college 1,342 1900[54] NCA
Ripon College Ripon Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,065 1851[55] NCA
Sacred Heart School of Theology Franklin Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 107 1932[56] NCA, ATSCA
St. Norbert College De Pere Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 2,241 1898[57] NCA
Sanford-Brown College West Allis Private for-profit Associate's college 1,377 1866[58] ACICS, ABHES, JRCERT
Silver Lake College Manitowoc Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 720 1885[59] NCA, CCNE, NASM
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore Public Associate's college 3,431 1967[60] NCA, APTA, NLNAC
University of Phoenix–Madison Campus Madison Private for-profit Special-focus institution 201 1976[61] NCA
University of Phoenix–Milwaukee Campus Brookfield Private for-profit Special-focus institution 583 1976[61] NCA
University of Wisconsin Colleges [note 4] Public Associate's colleges 14,385 Various NCA
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Eau Claire Public Master's university 11,413 1916[62] NCA, ASHA, CCNE, NASM
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Green Bay Public Master's university 6,636 1965[63] NCA, ADA, CCNE, NASM, NLNAC
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse La Crosse Public Master's university 10,135 1909[64] NCA, AOTA, APTA, CEPH, JRCERT, NASM
University of Wisconsin–Madison Madison Public Research university 42,180 1848[65] NCA, ACPE, ABA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, APA, ASHA, AVMA, CCNE, CEPH, JRCERT, LCME, NASAD, NASM, NAST
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Milwaukee Public Research university 30,470 1885[66] NCA, AOTA, APTA, APA, ASHA, CCNE, NASM
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Oshkosh Public Master's university 13,629 1871[67] NCA, CCNE, NASM, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–Parkside Kenosha Public Baccalaureate college 5,160 1968[68] NCA
University of Wisconsin–Platteville Platteville Public Master's university 7,928 1866[69] NCA, NASM, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–River Falls River Falls Public Master's university 6,902 1875[70] NCA, ASHA, NASM, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Stevens Point Public Master's university 9,500 1894[71] NCA, ADA, ASHA, NASAD, NASD, NASM, NAST
University of Wisconsin–Stout Menomonie Public Master's university 9,339 1891[72] NCA, AAMFT, ADA, NASAD, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–Superior Superior Public Master's university 2,856 1893[73] NCA, NASM
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Whitewater Public Master's university 11,557 1868[74] NCA, ASHA, NASAD, NASM, NAST, NCATE
Viterbo University La Crosse Private not-for-profit Master's university 3,238 1890[75] NCA, ADA, CCNE, NASM, NCATE
Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee Public Associate's college 8,102 1923[76] NCA, ADA, NLNAC
Western Technical College La Crosse Public Associate's college 5,392 1912[77] NCA, ADA, AOTA, APTA, JRCERT, NLNAC
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake Public Associate's college 3,925 1972[78] NCA, NLNAC
Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 840 1973[79] NCA
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 75 1978[80] NCA, APA
Abbreviation Accrediting agency
AAMFT American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
AANA American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
ABA American Bar Association
ABHES Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
ACICS Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ACME Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
ACPE Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
ADA American Dental Association
ADA American Dietetic Association
AOTA American Occupational Therapy Association
APA American Psychological Association
APTA American Physical Therapy Association
ASHA American Speech–Language–Hearing Association
CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
JRCERT Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Radiologic Technology
LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education
MSCHE Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASD National Association of Schools of Dance
NASM National Association of Schools of Music
NAST National Association of Schools of Theatre
NCA North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
NCATE National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
NLNAC National League for Nursing

Defunct institutions

Racine College, a defunct institution that closed in 1933.
Gale College, a defunct institution that closed in 1939.
Defunct institutions
School Location Control Founded Closed Ref
Campion College of the Sacred Heart Prairie du Chien Private 1880 1925 [81]
Dominican College of Racine Racine Private 1935 1974 [82]
Downer College Fox Lake Private 1855 1964
Merged into Lawrence University
Gale College Galesville Private 1854 1939 [84]
Holy Redeemer College Waterford Private 1968 1985 [85]
Institute of Paper Chemistry Appleton Private 1929 2003
Merged into Georgia Tech
Lakeside School of Massage Therapy Milwaukee Private 1985 2011
Merged into Herzing University
Madison Business College Madison Private 1858 1998 [85]
Milton College Milton Private 1844 1982 [88]
Mount Senario College Ladysmith Private 1962 2002 [89]
Northwestern College Watertown Private 1865 1995
Merged into Martin Luther College
Racine College Racine Private 1852 1933 [90]
St. Francis de Sales College Milwaukee Private 1969 1982 [91]

See also



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  2. ^ "On This Day: January 31".  
  3. ^ a b "About".  
  4. ^ "On This Day: February 2".  
  5. ^ Boulton, Guy (February 1, 2012). "Medical College of Wisconsin pushes to expand".  
  6. ^ "Wisconsin law schools". State Bar of Wisconsin. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
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  9. ^ "ACICS Member Directory Search".  
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  11. ^ "About Alverno".  
  12. ^ "History of Bellin College". Bellin College. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ "College Information".  
  14. ^ a b "Over 155 Year History".  
  15. ^ "Basic Facts".  
  16. ^ "About Carroll".  
  17. ^ "College History".  
  18. ^ "Visitor & Travel Information".  
  19. ^ "About Us".  
  20. ^ "Our Story".  
  21. ^ "Historical Timeline".  
  22. ^ "About Edgewood College".  
  23. ^ "Pages – CCProfile".  
  24. ^ "Centennial History".  
  25. ^ "History of Glove University/Minnesota School of Business".  
  26. ^ "The History of Herzing University".  
  27. ^ "Anthem College – Brookfield".  
  28. ^ a b c "About Us".  
  29. ^ "Kaplan University History and Facts".  
  30. ^ "Summarized History of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College".  
  31. ^ "History".  
  32. ^ "Lakeshore Technical College Campus Tour".  
  33. ^ "A Brief History of Lawrence University".  
  34. ^ "History of Madison Area Technical College".  
  35. ^ "Madison Media Institute Honors Summer 2011 Graduating Class".  
  36. ^ "The History of Maranatha Baptist Bible College".  
  37. ^ "History Marian University".  
  38. ^ "Our History".  
  39. ^ "History of MCW".  
  40. ^ "Mid-State Technical College - Stevens Point Campus Campus Tour".  
  41. ^ "History of the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine".  
  42. ^ "The MATC Story".  
  43. ^ "Quick Facts".  
  44. ^ "MSOE History".  
  45. ^ "History".  
  46. ^ "History of Mount Mary University".  
  47. ^ "Our History".  
  48. ^ "Nicolet College History".  
  49. ^ "Wausau Campus".  
  50. ^ "Green Bay Campus".  
  51. ^ "History of Northland College".  
  52. ^ "History of Northland International University".  
  53. ^ "History of Ottawa University and the Ottawa Tribe".  
  54. ^ "Rasmussen College History".  
  55. ^ "History & Mission".  
  56. ^ "About Sacred Heart".  
  57. ^ "About St. Norbert College".  
  58. ^ "History and Mission".  
  59. ^ "Our History".  
  60. ^ "About Us".  
  61. ^ a b "About University of Phoenix".  
  62. ^ "About Us".  
  63. ^ "History at a Glance".  
  64. ^ "History of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse".  
  65. ^ "Facts".  
  66. ^ "About UWM".  
  67. ^ "History of UW Oshkosh".  
  68. ^ "A Brief History".  
  69. ^ "About UW–Platteville".  
  70. ^ "UWRF About Us – Timeline".  
  71. ^ "About".  
  72. ^ "What's in a Name?".  
  73. ^ "Campus History".  
  74. ^ "About UW–Whitewater".  
  75. ^ "Quick Facts About Viterbo University".  
  76. ^ Peterson's Two–Year Colleges. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson's. 2009. p. 378. 
  77. ^ "1910–19 The Beginning".  
  78. ^ "About WITC".  
  79. ^ "History of Wisconsin Lutheran College".  
  80. ^ "About WSPP". Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  81. ^ Staber, S.J., Sylvester J. (1979). "A Short History of Campion High School".  
  82. ^ "The History of Dominican College". Dominican College of Racine. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  83. ^ "Milwaukee–Downer College".  
  84. ^ "Wisconsin College Decides to Close". Telegraph-Herald. 15 June 1939. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  85. ^ a b c "Wisconsin Colleges that have Closed, Merged, Changed Names".  
  86. ^ "IPST – Then and Now".  
  87. ^ "Lakeside School of Massage to Close, CEO and Faculty to Join Herzing University – Brookfield as it Launches New Therapeutic Massage Program" (Press release).  
  88. ^ "Milton College Preservation Society". Milton College. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  89. ^ Rust, Pamela (August 1, 2002). "Fiscal, management problems undo Mount Senario". Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  90. ^ "A Hundred Years of Racine College and DeKoven Foundation" 35 (4).  
  91. ^ "St. Francis De Sales College to close".  

External links

  • Department of Education listing of accredited institutions in Wisconsin
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