Wisconsin Higher Education

“[K]knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” –Ordinance of 1787


University of Wisconsin, 1858 (digital image created and owned byUWDCC— UW.CLP-A0069.bib)

Nearly 50 years before Wisconsin was a U.S. territory and over 60 years before Wisconsin became a state, the founding fathers recognized the importance of education. In the more than 150 years since Wiscons in became a state, higher education has flourished.


Lawrence University, 1905 ( digital image courtesy of Lawrence University Archives)

Wisconsin universities and colleges are known world-wide for their academic excellence and educational innovation. Wisconsin universities and colleges have earned distinctions for quality and value from such esteemed publications as U. S. News & World Report, USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Princeton Review and The New York Times.


University of Wisconsin-Stout, 1954 (digital image courtesy of UW-Stout Archives)

There is a school in Wisconsin to meet the higher education needs of everyone. Are you seeking an academic degree program, a specialized certificate program, or an English language training program? Choose from Wisconsin’s

13 Comprehensive Universities

13 Freshman-Sophomore Colleges

20 Private and Independent Schools and Universities

52 Technical Colleges