Wisconsin Colleges & Universities

With more than 90 colleges and post-secondary schools in Wisconsin, you're sure to find the right degree program and tuition that fits your career goals. Search among Wisconsin universities, colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges.

Find Top Wisconsin Colleges and Schools for Your Degree: There are more than 90 colleges and post-secondary schools in Wisconsin, serving more than 330,000 students. More than 5.6 million Wisconsin residents can choose among schools for adult education, public and private universities, colleges, trade and vocational schools. According to the U.S. Census, the population is made up of Caucasians (89.4%), Black persons (6.2%), Hispanics (5.3%), Asians (2.2%), and Native Americans (1.0%).

Wisconsin residents are just 2 percent below the 24 percent national average in residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher. The University of Wisconsin, Madison, campus has the greatest enrollment among all Wisconsin colleges with more than 41,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels, followed by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee campus, with more than 29,300 students. Even technical schools in Wisconsin are popular, with a reported 17,193 students enrolled in Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Cost of Education at Wisconsin Schools: Tuition varies in colleges in Wisconsin. Here's a sampling of 2010 costs:

  • • Wisconsin Technical Colleges: Degree, diploma, and certificate programs - $106.00 per credit for residents, $161.00 per credit for non residents.
  • • University of Wisconsin, Madison: Undergrad & Specials Tuition & Fees - $376.30 per credit for residents, $1011.71 for non-residents.
  • • Beloit College, Beloit, WI: Undergraduate Fees, 33,418, in state and out-of-state.

Labor Information for Wisconsin College Grads: Graduates of Wisconsin colleges and schools can find jobs in the state across a wide diversity of careers. In fact, the single-largest employer in Wisconsin is the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with 14,464 employees. Other top employers in the state, according to the U. S. Department of Labor, are:

  • • Menards Inc., home centers, Eau Claire
  • • University Wisconsin-Milwaukee, higher education, Milwaukee
  • • Kraft Foods Oscar Mayer, food processing, Madison
  • • Marshfield Clinic, cancer treatment center, Marshfield
  • • Northern Chocolate Co., Candy & Confectionery Manufacturers , Milwaukee
  • • Rockwell Automation, Controls Control Systems/Regulators, Mequon

Colleges in Wisconsin offer associate's, bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees in information technology, business, healthcare, engineering, finance, and other major fields that can plug graduates into careers with many top employers in the state.

Wages in Wisconsin: If you're a working student or plan to graduate into the workforce out of colleges in Wisconsin, here's a look at 2009 earnings in the state. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean 2009 annual wage for all Wisconsin workers was $40,190, or a mean hourly wage of $19.32.

Wage estimates vary across the state based on location, industry, experience, and education. Here are ten careers that span the educational spectrum that lend some indication of mean annual earnings for 2009:

  • • Marketing Managers, $103,150
  • • Computer and Information Systems Managers, $99,900
  • • Accountants and Auditors, $61,070
  • • Network and Computer Systems Administrators, $59,680
  • • Biomedical Engineers, $83,120
  • • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers, $41,030
  • • Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School, $50,460
  • • Dental Hygienists, $61,030
  • • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers, $52,120
  • • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, $37,700

Across the state's 72 counties, from big cities to small farm towns, you'll find Wisconsin colleges and schools with just the right program to prepare you for a successful career!

The writer Woodrow Aames has written articles and profiles for Yahoo, Microsoft Network, Microsoft Encarta, and other websites and print magazines around the world. He holds an MFA degree and has taught English abroad.

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