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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.

2011-12 Enrollment figures (2012-13 numbers coming soon)

Total: 29,768
Undergraduate: 24,678
Graduate: 5,090
Women: 15,595
Men: 14,134
From Wisconsin: 26,676
Students come from all 50 states and the District of Columbia
1,015 international students representing 80 countries

Majors and degree programs

  • 94 bachelor’s degree programs
  • 53 master’s degree programs
  • 32 doctoral degree programs
  • 1 specialist degree program (Educational Specialist in School Psychology)

2011-12 Student profile (2012-13 numbers coming soon)

  • The 2011 freshman class is the most diverse class of first-year students ever. More than 23 percent of new freshmen are from underrepresented groups. Within the full student body, students of color from targeted and non-targeted groups comprise more than 21 percent of the UWM student body.
  • 25 percent of students are enrolled in at least one online course.
  • 5 percent of students are enrolled in online classes on a full-time basis.
  • More than 1,200 enrolled veterans and dependents make UWM home to Wisconsin's largest population of student-veterans.
  • From fall 2001 to fall 2011, overall UWM enrollment grew more than 25 percent, from 23,828 to 29,768. Degrees granted annually by the university have grown at a higher pace – 39 percent – during the decade. For the first time in its history, UWM is awarding more than 5,300 academic degrees annually.

2012-13 one-year undergraduate tuition & fees

Wisconsin residents: $9,186
Minnesota residents: $12,815
All other states: $18,915

2012-13 one-year graduate tuition & fees

Wisconsin residents: $11,482
Minnesota residents: $15,665
All other non-residents: $23,947

Faculty and staff

Faculty/instructional staff: 1,623
Academic staff: 1,007
Classified staff: 1,007
TOTAL: 3,637

2011-12 annual operating budget

State appropriations: $112,953,800 (16.7%)
Operations receipts: $289,746,200 (42.9%)
Federal aid, grants & contracts: $251,921,700 (37.3%)
Gift fund income: $21,333,400 (3.2%)
TOTAL: $675,955,100

Research expenditures

At UWM, research expenditures have increased from $23 million in 2000-2001 to $59 million in 2011-12 – an increase of 150 percent. Growing research expenditures has been a focal point of UWM during the past decade, and faculty and staff across campus have stepped forward to build our research infrastructure. Major universities are measured by their research expenditures.


UWM has more than 141,000 living alumni. In a recent survey of alumni who earned bachelor’s degrees from UWM in 2003-04 and 2004-05:

  • 96% were satisfied with their educational experience at UWM.
  • 92% were Wisconsin residents (the highest percentage of all 13 four-year universities).