All 13 UW campuses, ranked from best to worst

All 13 UW campuses, ranked from best to worst

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By Holly Garcia

May 28, 2024

Choosing where to pursue your higher education is a big decision, but that first choice is only one of many you’ll make on this journey to college. Even after you’ve narrowed your search to a University of Wisconsin school, there are still plenty of campuses to choose from — 13, to be exact.

To help aid this search, ask and answer a few questions about what you want out of your educational experience. Is there a specific career path that you want to follow? Do you feel more at home on a large campus or is smaller more your style? Is it beneficial for you to have smaller class sizes? And equally importantly, how much are you willing to invest financially?

All 13 UW campuses have unique features and notable benefits, but we reviewed each campus’ tuition expense*, class size, campus size, and gradation rate to rank all 13 University of Wisconsin schools from best to worst. Go ahead — check out all the options to help you choose the best one for you.

*Please note that the tuition costs quoted for each UW school were sourced from each location’s website for undergraduate programs, not including additional housing costs. Additionally, campus sizes are defined as: Small (less than 5,000 annual enrollment), Medium (between 5,000 through 15,000), and Large (15,000 or more).

1. UW-Madison

Average In-State Tuition: $11,606

Average Class Size: 28 students

Campus Size: Large

Graduation Rate: 75%

Notable Highlights:

2. UW-La Crosse

Average In-State Tuition: $10,193 (2024-2025)

Average Class Size: 26 students

Campus Size: Medium

Graduation rate: 55%

Notable Highlights:

  • UW-La Crosse has a very active student body with over 200 student organizations.
  • The school’s motto is ‘mind and body’, focusing on the holistic student experience and setting up their students for success.

3. UW-Eau Claire

Average In-State Tuition: $9,783 (2024-2025)

Average Class Size: 26 students

Campus Size: Medium

Graduation rate: 45%

Notable Highlights:

  • In 2023, UW-Eau Claire was ranked a best of the best LGBTQIA+ Friendly College by Campus Pride.
  • UW-Eau Claire is the third-highest-ranked university among all public schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Its most popular degree programs are Business, Health Professionals (Nursing), and Education.

4. UW-Whitewater

Average In-State Tuition: $8,616 (2024-2025)

Average Class Size: 23 students

Campus Size: Medium

Graduation rate: 43%

Notable Highlights:

  • UW-Whitewater boasts a 99.5% rate of employment or enrollment in continuing education after graduation (within a year). They also have a student and alum job board, Handshake, utilized by over 16,000 employers.
  • While UW-Whitewater offers several areas of study, new and notable programs include legal studies, cybersecurity, and computer science.

5. UW-Platteville

Average In-State Tuition: $8,385 (2023-2024)

Average Class Size: 22 students

Campus Size: Medium

Graduation rate: 34%

Notable Highlights:

  • UW-Platteville’s programs are leaders in science, technology, agriculture, education, and engineering fields, with unique initiatives in forensic investigation and renewable energy.
  • Their top three programs are Mechanical Engineering, Business, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies.

6. UW-River Falls

Average In-State Tuition: $8,6060 (2023-2024)

Average Class Size: 22 students

Campus Size: Medium

Graduation Rate: 43%

Notable Highlights:

  • Offering over 70 areas of study, UW-River Falls is renowned for programs in STEM, Agricultural Sciences, and Teacher Education.
  • The campus is a Bee Campus USA affiliate for a national program that recognizes, supports, and encourages pollinator conservation.

7. UW-Greenbay

Average In-State Tuition: $4,360 (2024-2025)

Average Class Size: 25 students

Campus Size: Medium

Graduation Rate: 40%

Notable Highlights:

  • This school is great for student-athletes as they’re part of the NCAA Division I.
  • UW-Greenbay’s top five programs include Psychology, Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, Human Biology, and Computer Science.

8. UW-Stevens Point

Average In-State Tuition: $3,555 (2023-2024)

Average Class Size: 25 students

Campus Size: Medium

Graduation rate: 39%

Notable Highlights:

  • After graduation, the top three fields students start a career in are Education, Health Care, and Government.
  • UW-Stevens Point offers 100% online, accredited degree options.

9. UW-Milwaukee

Average In-State Tuition: $10,398 (2024-2025)

Average Class Size: 23 students

Campus Size: Large

Graduation rate: 32%

Notable Highlights:

  • UW-Milwaukee offers over 200 degree programs. Notably, they also are home to a top film program, the state’s largest school of education, and Wisconsin’s only bachelor’s program in ASL/English interpretation.
  • They’re also one of two top-tier research universities recognized in Wisconsin by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (meaning they’re committed to a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree paths).

10. UW-Oshkosh

Average In-State Tuition: $4,105 (2023-2024)

Average Class Size: 21 students

Campus Size: Medium

Graduation Rate: 30%

Notable Highlights:

  • UW-Oshkosh’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation makes it the only nationally accredited business school in NE Wisconsin (awarded to only 5% of the world’s business schools).
  • Nursing Schools Almanac recently ranked UWO among the top 100 public nursing schools in the nation.

11. UW-Superior

Average In-State Tuition Cost: $8,490 (2024-2025)

Average Class Size: 17 students

Campus Size: Small

Graduation Rate: 30%

Notable Highlights:

  • The campus includes four world-class research centers: Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Lake Superior Research Institute, and Transportation and Logistics Research Center.
  • Its top three academic programs are Elementary Education, Business Administration, and Physical Education; they offer over 60 different areas of study.

12. UW-Stout

Average In-State Cost: $10,701 (2024-2025)

Average Class Size: 22 students

Campus Size: Medium

Graduation Rate: 28%

Notable Highlights:

  • UW-Stout is known as a Polytech University, meaning studies are career-focused and technology-driven offering undergraduate and graduate degrees based on applied learning and research.
  • This campus also reports its students have a 99% rate of employment or continuing education after graduation.

13. UW-Parkside

Average In-State Tuition: $7,855 (2023-2024)

Average Class Size: 19 students

Campus Size: Small

Graduation rate: 25%

Notable Highlights:

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