2023 Best Colleges and Universities in Wisconsin

The 2022 best colleges and universities in Wisconsin exemplify the state motto: forward. These schools offer dynamic and innovative programs for students interested in getting their bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees. 

Milwaukee School of Engineering – This private school tied for 10th place among Midwestern regional universities, and it’s considered a best-value selection in higher education. Nationwide, the program for electrical & electronic communications ranks 6th, the mechanical engineering program ranks #7, and the overall engineering program earned 10th place. MSOE students are encouraged to study abroad in university-affiliated programs in the Czech Republic, Germany, and India. The annual tuition and fees here are $40,749.

Wisconsin Lutheran College –  This small, private school offers academics and character education in classes of fewer than twenty students. Wisconsin Lutheran teaches students the importance of serving others, and the college is considered a best-value choice among colleges. The tuition and fees at this private school are $29,275 per year.

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse –  This public school is 32nd among Midwestern universities, and it offers nearly 100 undergraduate majors as well as plenty of co-curricular activities for a well-rounded education. It’s a best-value school, a top public school and has a recognized business program. In-state tuition is less than $10,000 per year.

University of Wisconsin – Superior  –  This university comes in at #35 among Midwest colleges in the region. The student enrollment is small, and therefore, degree candidates enjoy small classes and closer engagement with faculty. The university devotes time to community service projects and regionally relevant research. Annual tuition and fees (in- and out-of-state) are $8,126 and $15,699 respectively.

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire – This school is ranked #38 in regional universities in the Midwest. The Eau Claire campus focuses on hands-on learning experiences in a variety of disciplines including STEM and education. Students are encouraged to student abroad, and some education majors student teach overseas. The university requires all students to complete a service learning project before graduation. Tuition and fees are $8,820 annually.

Carroll University – Ranked at #53 among Midwest universities, Carroll is a private school that offers 40 programs for a bachelor’s degree and several for graduate degrees. This university is an excellent choice for veterans and is also considered a best-value pick. Carroll has a 71% acceptance rate. The annual tuition and fees are $31,918.

Wisconsin is part of the Midwest Student Exchange, which permits student from nearby states to attend a Wisconsin college or university at in-state tuition and fees rates.

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