1. UWM
  2. Discover UWM
  3. About Milwaukee

Make your university years exceptional. Connect with businesses, corporations and recreational hotspots that make Milwaukee the economic/cultural/entertainment capital of Wisconsin.

infographic-mke-innovationGet Professional in Milwaukee

From finance to fine arts, the media to the medical field, engineering to education: UWM has a reputation for preparing energetic, talented and hard-working students for the workforce – before graduation day. Hundreds of corporations, businesses and firms come to campus job fairs, register as for-credit internship sites with academic units across campus, and hire UWM students for evening, weekend or summer work. A UWM education means students can begin their careers while still in college.

Get to Know Milwaukee

The largest university in Southeastern Wisconsin, UWM is primarily located on Milwaukee’s vibrant East Side, blocks from Lake Michigan and 10 minutes (by bus) from downtown. UWM is positioned in the center of a growing metropolitan area that doubles as a learning laboratory. Milwaukee comes from the Native American word “Milliocki” meaning gathering place by the water. Get to know Milwaukee, and you’ll know it's right for you. Walk to the lake. Sing, dance, dine at one of the city’s myriad festivals. Cheer on the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks. Explore one of the many museums. Hike, kayak, bike and run among the city’s 140 scenic, historic, award-winning parks.

Get a Good Look at Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s lakefront is home to some of the city’s biggest, most beautiful landmarks – and one of the state’s newest parks: Lakeshore State Park. The view of, and from, Lake Michigan is spectacular year-round. Be sure to stop at Milwaukee Art Museum and check out the museum’s signature wings, the Burke Brise Soleil—featured in films and photos that have been distributed worldwide.

Get around Milwaukee with a free UPASS, a semester-long bus pass that allows unlimited free rides on any Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus. Don’t just hang around on the East Side, hop on the bus and explore Milwaukee.

Get Involved in Milwaukee

Connect to one of hundreds of nonprofits and nonprofit leaders who have earned Milwaukee its reputation as the biggest small town in America. Big cities offer big opportunities to learn about and contribute to environmental, educational, public health and public safety issues.The UWM Institute for Service Learning pairs students with local nonprofits for college credit and hands-on experience. The Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership connects students with extracurricular volunteer opportunities like Big Brothers Big Sisters and alternative spring break trips. Both are great hubs for connecting service-minded students to each other and to the wider Milwaukee community.