Aug 20, 2017


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.

WisconsinManufacturing 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.

Top Reasons to Study in Wisconsin

  • Quality of Life: A 2014 study by nerdwallet, a financial advice and tools site, ranked the state’s capital, Madison, Wisconsin, the best city for quality of life. The study cites the city’s great work-life balance, high affordability and health insurance coverage rates, and low unemployment rate. Wisconsin also ranks second in the nation for overall health care quality scores (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, June 22, 2013)
  • Employment Prospects: Wisconsin consistently ranks among the nation’s top states for manufacturing jobs per capita. The state ranked 5th in the nation for manufacturing job creation from 2009 through 2012. With more than 900 companies operating in the state, Wisconsin is also a major energy state, employing over 100,000 people and generating $38 billion in annual sales. There are ten Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Wisconsin, including Johnson Congrols, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, ManpowerGroup, and Kohl's Corporation.

Featured Colleges and 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
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
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

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