Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA downtown city skyline on Lake Michigan at twilight.

Milwaukee, WI is the biggest city in Wisconsin and rests on Lake Michigan, only about 80 miles up the lake’s coast from Chicago. Milwaukee is a very fun city, and its proximity to Chicago makes it very accessible, as well. Home to the biggest music festival in the country, Summerfest, it’s no surprise that Milwaukee has a reputation for providing visitors and residents alike with many options for entertainment. 

In the winter, most of that entertainment is inside, as it does get very cold in Milwaukee, but the other seasons all offer something to do outside, with Summerfest being one of several festivals that happen each year in Milwaukee. Here is a closer look at all of the colleges in Wisconsin’s most populous city. 

Universities in Milwaukee, WI – 4-Year Colleges and Online

Convention and Exhibition Center in Downtown Milwaukee. Brown and green building

The University of Wisconsin system has several campuses throughout the state, and UW-Milwaukee is the third-largest with a very respectable 27,000 students. That’s the biggest public school in the city, and across town is another large college, the private Marquette University, which has approximately 12,000 students. Here are the other colleges and universities in Milwaukee, WI:

  • Alverno College
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin (graduate)
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Mount Mary University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College

Community Colleges in Milwaukee, WI

The University of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee campus offers several 2-year programs, as do these schools that call Milwaukee home:

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Milwaukee Career College

Get to Know Milwaukee, WI

A growing city, Milwaukee can be (and often is) compared to Chicago. It has very similar weather, including some lake-effect snow that may take some getting used to if you’re from the south. The cost of living is a little lower than in Chicago, but still high compared to much of the state of Wisconsin.

The lakefront is where most of the city’s events take place, including the major festivals that happen every summer at the Summerfest grounds, which attracts the biggest names in music and several hundred thousand fans each year.

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