Where to Start Looking Wisconsin Colleges
For families looking for Wisconsin colleges, the first place to stop is KnowHow2Go Wisconsin. This doesn’t really have Wisconsin specific information but it does contain up-to-date links to available Wisconsin resources. Several of the linked resources may be useful but require membership to login.
The most important link is the State of Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board which provides information on financial aid for Wisconsin residents. The site lists the various state grant programs and the forms required for application. A lot of the information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions area. The site’s interface is dated and there are lots of redirected links. Besides the financial aid information, there isn’t much purpose in spending a lot of time on the site.
Don’t bother with he Educational Approval Board (EAB) since it appears to be limited to non-traditional four-year institutions such as trade schools. There are a few other resources worth visiting. The Wisconsin Education Fairs website lists upcoming education fairs. The Wisconsin Association of Independent College and Universities lists open houses and events for Wisconsin colleges. College Goal Wisconsin helps families fill out the FAFSA form. UW Help is useful not just for information on the University of Wisconsin system but provides information useful to high school students preparing for college in general.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are 34 Wisconsin colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. Twenty are private not-for profit colleges and 14 are public universities according to the Integrated Post-secondary Data System. Of the 165,408 students, 23% attend private colleges and 77% attend public universities.
The average four-year graduation rate for private Wisconsin colleges was 42.7% and the average five-year rate for public schools was 48%. A total of 13 Wisconsin colleges meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
In Wisconsin, the average Composite ACT score was 22.2. The English scores was 21.6 and the Math score was 22.0. The 75th% Composite score was 26, English was 25, and Math was 26. A total of 14 colleges that reported their scores, had ACT 75th% Composite scores at or above this level.
The top 20 colleges ACT test takers applied to:
- Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
- Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Univ of Wisconsin-La Crosse
- Univ of Wisconsin-Whitewater
- Univ of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
- Univ of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- Univ of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- Univ of Wisconsin-Green Bay
- Marquette University
- Univ of Wisconsin-Platteville
- Univ of Wisconsin-Stout
- Milwaukee Sch Of Engineering
- Univ of Wisconsin-River Falls
- Univ of Wisconsin-Parkside
- Milwaukee Area Technical College
- Madison Area Technical College
- Carroll University
- Concordia University-Wi
- Winona State University
Wisconsin Colleges Conferences and Divisions
List of Wisconsin Colleges
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in September of 2015 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Wisconsin Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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