Located in the north-central part of the United States, Wisconsin shares borders with Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota. With a total population of 5,742,713, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Wisconsin is the 20th most populous state in the country. The state capital is Madison, and the largest city is Milwaukee. Other major cities include Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine and Appleton.
Manufacturing plays an important role in Wisconsin’s economy, accounting for about 20 percent of the state’s gross domestic product. Manufactured goods account for 85 percent of the state’s total exports. Wisconsin is a global leader in many key industries, including water technologies, industrial machinery, electrical mchinery, and medical and scientific instruments. Among the state’s leading manufacturers are companies like Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Epic Systems Corporation, Harley Davidson, Johnson Controls, Kohler Company, Rockwell Automation, and SC Johnson $ Son.
Other key industries include agriculture, healthcare, and energy. Wisconsin is one of the leading dairy producers in America. It is the nation’s number one producer of cheese and the second leading producer of milk. Known as America’s Dairyland, the state produces more than 27 billion pounds of milk, and is home to over 11,000 dairy farms. In addition to dairy, Wisconsin is a leading producer of beans, cranberries, ginseng, carrot, potatoes, and maple syrup. It is also a leader in organic production. Industry leaders like Cargill, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, Nestle and SAB Miller all have a major presence in Wisconsin.
There are three major organizations that together represent the public and private higher education institutions in the state. These are University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country, and is made up of 13 four-year universities.
Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.
For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Wisconsin, contact the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
|College||Popular Majors||Type of Institution||Enrollment|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Business,Education,Health||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Beloit College||International Relations,Psychology,Sociology||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Lawrence University||Biology,Social Sciences,Visual/Performing Arts||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Milwaukee School of Engineering||Business,Health,Interdisciplinary Studies||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Wisconsin-Superior||Business,Education,Engineering||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Wisconsin-Stout||Biology,Natural Resources/Environmental Science,Social Sciences||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Marquette University||Business,Communications/ Journalism,Engineering||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point||Business,Education,Health||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire||Business,Education,Health||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee||Biological/Life Sciences,Economics,Political Science||Public||>10,000||Request Info|