What’s within Wisconsin?

Find your best fit at one of Wisconsin’s 24 private, nonprofit colleges


Selecting a college is an exciting time for any student. It’s the start of their next chapter, and a view into the future.  With so many options across our vast country, however, coming to a decision on a college can be overwhelming and confusing.

We want to help ease this stress and help students, their families, and counselors better understand available options so each college-bound student can make the best decision for their future and find their college fit.

Wisconsin is home to 24 private, nonprofit colleges focused on educating and fostering an engaged and motivated student body. With over 380 fields of study—most of which operate as direct-admit—students are sure to find the path to a successful career. But that’s not all that’s important to them. Resoundingly, our students and alumni/ae say that personalization is key.

Personalized College Experience

We know students want to feel at home, included, and involved. When students really do feel at home on their campus they get involved, develop relationships with peers and professors, focus on their studies, and ultimately succeed.

Our average class size is a mere 17 students, with a student/faculty ratio of 12:1. Our 4-year graduation rate for first-time, full-time students is 68% higher than the students attending public institutions within the state. We know this is because each student is visible, engaged, and receives the highest quality personal interaction.

One might think this personal attention comes at an astronomical cost, but it’s actually affordable.

Making an Affordable College Decision

Students from all backgrounds can find their home at Wisconsin’s private colleges. Based on recent numbers, the average net tuition cost for our students was $5,259 per year. In other words, after subtracting the sizable, average financial aid package from the annual tuition, individuals were responsible for under $5,500 per year.

Notably, 99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates receive financial aid packages. Furthermore, 75% of this funding is grant-based, meaning they’re awarded to the students, not eventual debt. Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges are leading the way on access and affordability. 31% of the students enrolled in our private colleges qualified for need-based federal Pell Grants, due to significant financial need. 86% of low-income students at our colleges receive grants (which do not need to be paid back), compared to only 45% at University of Wisconsin’s 4-year campuses.

We invite you to visit and see for yourself—all that Wisconsin’s 24 private, nonprofit colleges can offer for a student’s future success. Participate in this summer’s experiential Private College Week road trip. Learn more at http://www.wisconsinsprivatecolleges.org/visit

Leading up to Private College Week we will be running a continual series of posts to share more about Wisconsin’s 24 private, nonprofit colleges and why every student can find their fit within Wisconsin.


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