UW Colleges At-A-Glance

The Most Affordable UW Education

  • $4,750 annual tuition for UW Colleges 2016-17; $5,161 average annual tuition + fees*
  • Compare with $10,416 annual tuition + fees at UW-Madison; $9,430 at UW-Milwaukee*
  • The average annual tuition + fees among UW 4-year universities is $8,132*
  • The average yearly tuition + fees among Wisconsin Private Colleges is $29,671**

*Figures calculated using the University of Wisconsin System Tuition Schedule 2016-2017
**Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Access for All

  • 3,776 new freshmen in Fall 2015-16, more than any campus except UW Madison
  • Opportunity for success provided to 552 new freshmen in fall 2015 who graduated in the lowest 1/4 of their high school classes, more than all other UW System campuses combined
  • 60.9% of new freshmen are first-generation college students in 2016-2017
  • 17.9% of new freshmen are underrepresented minorities in 2016-2017
  • 39% of full-time undergraduate students receiving Pell grants in 2014-2015

Serving Adult Students

  • 21.3% of all UW Colleges students are 24 or older in 2016-2017.
  • 64% of all UW Colleges students are part-time. 51% of degree-seeking students are part-time
  • Courses are delivered online or through compressed video to multiple campuses, expanding access for students statewide
  • 1121 of UW Colleges Online students are 24 or older in 2016-2017
  • 48% of all UW Colleges students over the age of 24 take online classes

The Leader in Transfer Student Success

UW Colleges students who transfer within the UW System stay in school and graduate at higher rates than students who transfer from technical schools or private colleges

Students transferring to a UW campus from: UW Colleges UW System WTCS In-state private Out of State
Retention* 80% 75% 70% 70% 72%
Graduation** 72% 69% 52% 53% 60%

*Second year retention rates for baccalaureate students entering in fall 2013 who returned in fall 2014
**Earned a baccalaureate within six years of fall 2008 entry or transfer

A Model of Administrative Efficiency

  • A unified 14-campus institution run by a single administration helps to keep costs down
  • $7,709  operating cost per student (full time equivalent) in 2015-2016*
  • $8,281 UW System undergraduate average*
  • $12,039 cost per student (FTE) average for "collegiate transfer" in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) in 2015-2016**

*2017 University of Wisconsin Tuition Informational Paper 33
**Wisconsin Technical College System Cost Allocation Summary Report 2015-16