2022 best colleges in Wisconsin best-colleges

The University of Wisconsin public university network is one of the finest in the Midwest and many students, particularly from the northern suburbs of Chicago, take advantage of the Midwest student exchange program tuition discounts. Not only is it a shorter drive, the discount tuition means the price is often cheaper than at The University of Illinois. 

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Wisconsin

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 61%

Grad rate: 71%

Net cost: $24,440

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $81,328

Vs. state average: + $29,253

Economic score: 1.25

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#2 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 58%

Grad rate: 87%

Net cost: $17,708

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $65,213

Vs. state average: + $13,138

Economic score: 1.57

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#3 in Wisconsin

Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 84%

Net cost: $29,756

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $72,489

Vs. state average: + $20,414

Economic score: 1.96

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#4 in Wisconsin

Beloit College

Beloit, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 59%

Grad rate: 80%

Net cost: $11,433

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $50,499

Vs. state average: - $1,576

Economic score: 2.05

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#5 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $14,580

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $54,139

Vs. state average: + $2,064

Economic score: 2.25

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#6 in Wisconsin

Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 77%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $18,156

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $56,514

Vs. state average: + $4,439

Economic score: 2.47

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#7 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Platteville, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $15,718

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $52,813

Vs. state average: + $738

Economic score: 2.80

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#8 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 85%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $16,020

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $51,869

Vs. state average: - $206

Economic score: 2.82

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#9 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $15,839

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $52,278

Vs. state average: + $203

Economic score: 2.87

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#10 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $15,249

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $49,599

Vs. state average: - $2,476

Economic score: 3.11

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#11 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

River Falls, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 77%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $13,748

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $47,441

Vs. state average: - $4,634

Economic score: 3.20

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#12 in Wisconsin

Bellin College

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 96%

Grad rate: 80%

Net cost: $26,206

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $60,873

Vs. state average: + $8,798

Economic score: 3.31

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#13 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $15,463

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $48,569

Vs. state average: - $3,506

Economic score: 3.60

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#14 in Wisconsin

Alverno College

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $15,491

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $47,595

Vs. state average: - $4,480

Economic score: 3.77

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#15 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $17,876

Payback: 3.7 Years

Earnings: $50,707

Vs. state average: - $1,368

Economic score: 3.78

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#16 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $14,395

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $45,657

Vs. state average: - $6,418

Economic score: 3.79

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#17 in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 87%

Grad rate: 63%

Net cost: $14,465

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $45,855

Vs. state average: - $6,220

Economic score: 3.81

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#18 in Wisconsin

Viterbo University

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $19,992

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $49,016

Vs. state average: - $3,059

Economic score: 4.01

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#19 in Wisconsin

Marian University

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 68%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $19,928

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $49,088

Vs. state average: - $2,987

Economic score: 4.12

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#20 in Wisconsin

Edgewood College

Madison, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $25,601

Payback: 4.3 Years

Earnings: $52,544

Vs. state average: + $469

Economic score: 4.29

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