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Our Campus

The university’s 104-acre main campus includes the recently acquired Columbia Hospital property. Also included on the main campus is the 18.8-acre Downer Woods preserve and a 2.6-acre recreational area. Approximately 50 buildings support academic, administrative, athletic and student-life operations at UWM.

University properties in Greater Milwaukee include inner-harbor acreage on the city’s South Side, where expansion and renovation plans have been approved for the university’s School of Freshwater Sciences, and to house business accelerator sites for university-industry partnerships.


UWM enrolls more Wisconsin students than any other university in the state.

2014-15 Enrollment figures

Total: 28,042
Undergraduate: 23,108
Graduate: 4,934
Women: 14,798
Men: 13,244
From Wisconsin: 23,956
Students come from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
1,562 international students representing 80 countries

Majors and degree programs

  • 93 bachelor’s degree programs
  • 59 master’s degree programs
  • 34 doctoral degree programs
  • 1 specialist degree program (Educational Specialist in School Psychology)

2014-15 student profile

  • The 2014-15 freshman class is UWM’s most diverse. More than 33% of new freshmen are students of color – a 2 percentage-point increase from fall 2013.
  • 90% of UWM students are Wisconsin residents.
  • 8,964 undergraduate students enrolled are flagged as first generation, or 39%.
  • More veterans, service members and their dependents attend UWM than any other four-year school in the six-state region: 1,077 total. Also, UWM is one of just 18 Pat Tillman Military Scholar universities in the U.S.
  • UWM was named a 2014 Top 50 LGBT+- friendly university, earning a five-star rating on eight standards that include policy, program and practice, according to the national nonprofit Campus Pride.

2014-15 one-year undergraduate tuition & fees

Wisconsin residents: $9,391
Minnesota residents: $13,020
$13,437 for Midwest Student Exchange Program students
$19,120 for residents of other states

2014-15 one-year graduate tuition & fees

$11,686 for Wisconsin residents
$16,758 for Minnesota residents
$24,152 for residents of other states

Faculty and staff

1,703 faculty/instructional staff
1,063 academic staff
1,013 classified staff

TOTAL: 3,779

2014-15 annual operating budget

State appropriations: $130,046,000 (24%)
Student tuition: $234,206,000 (43%)
Other operating receipts: $123,183,000 (23%)
Federal aid, grants & contracts: $45,000,000 (8%)
Gift fund income: $13,215,000 (2%)

Economic Impact

The state provides approximately 18% of UWM’s total operating budget. UWM delivers a powerful return on the investment.

In 2012-13, the most recent academic year for which full economic impact data is available, the university received $124 million from the state and had an economic impact of more than $1.5 billion on the Wisconsin economy.

  • $85+ million
    in state and local taxes generated
  • $59 million
    in research expenditures
  • $956+ million
    in annual direct spending by the UWM community

    160,000 living alumni

    74% of whom reside in Wisconsin
  • 14,489 Wisconsin jobs
    created and supported

Made in Milwaukee

UWM is a living laboratory of innovation and engaged research.Entrepreneurship and collaboration are hallmarks of curricula across our 14 schools and colleges.

The impact of our entrepreneurial focus has resulted in:

  • 200 product ideas from UWM students in less than three years through our Student Startup Challenge.
  • 18 student/alumni businesses started from UWM programs.

Since the UWM Research Foundation was launched in 2006, issued patents and patent applications have grown to nearly 200.

The potential of this research to improve lives, revitalize economies and answer some of the most profound questions in science and society are represented in this breakdown:

  • 8 faculty businesses with links to UWM Research Foundation.
  • 35 patents issued.
  • 21 active licenses taken on UWM intellectual property.