Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Wisconsin.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Wisconsin. However, it’s important to understand that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, rather than agencies that only award program-specific accreditation. For details on program-specific accreditation, look through our subject pages.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information about higher education reforms and propositions in the state, visit the state’s higher education boards and council websites. In addition, contact them or individual schools for more general college and university information.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Wisconsin is unusual in that the only public universities available are the various branches of the University of Wisconsin. Learn more about several of these branches below.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
The 2014 U.S. News and World Report ranking places University of Wisconsin-Madison at 41st overall among doctoral universities and 11th among public institutions. The undergraduate College of Engineering tied for 13th overall and seventh among public universities, while the undergraduate business program tied for 18th overall and seventh among public universities. Both CNN Money and Forbes consistently place Madison in the Top 100 places to live in the U.S., and the urban area is well-known for its cultural offerings.
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
UW Milwaukee, whose faculty boast financial support from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, is home to some unique programs that set the school apart; one of these is the only school in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the freshwater sciences, complete with international faculty and a 22,000 mile research lab known as Lake Michigan. The School of Architecture and Urban Planning is Wisconsin’s only accredited architecture school. UW Milwaukee also offers 15 NCAA Division I sports teams, a state of the art athletics facility that is free to all students, a planetarium, and more than 300 student and professional organizations.
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
The nation’s first “Fair Trade University,” UW Oshkosh has a formal green plan in place which adopts sustainable building practices, examines the school’s carbon footprint, and promotes social justice. UW Oshkosh’s Model United Nations Program has won 25 consecutive Outstanding Delegation awards at international competitions, making it the most successful program of its kind in the world. The university newspaper, Advance-Titan, has won the coveted top national award five times. Senior business majors at UW Oshkosh rank in the top 5 percent nationwide on the Educational Testing Services’ business knowledge assessment test. And UW Oshkosh has won 42 national athletic championships.
Wisconsin offers a number of fine private universities to choose from. Learn more about some of these choices below.
A Catholic, Jesuit university, Marquette ranks 75th overall, was named among the “Best Colleges for Veterans,” and is one of 50 colleges named on the “Best Value Schools” list according to U.S. News and World Report in its 2014 edition of America’s Best Colleges. Also, The Princeton Review cited Marquette on both its “Best 376 Colleges” and “2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges” lists. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance listed Marquette among its “Best Values in Private Colleges for 2014.” Marquette is also home to 16 NCAA Division I teams in the Big East conference.
Cardinal Stritch University
Cardinal Stritch is the largest Franciscan institution of higher education in North America. The student/faculty ratio is 16 to 1. More than 92% of classes have fewer than 20 students, and no classes have more than 50. Forbes lists Milwaukee at 88th on the Top 100 Best Places to Live and describes the city as a moderately-sized urban area with a good quality of life.
Teaching is a top priority at Beloit, and 97% of Beloit’s full-time faculty members hold the terminal degree in their area. Average class size is 15 students, which is possible based on the 12 to 1 student to faculty ratio. According to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings, Beloit ranks 6 on a list of 18 national liberal arts colleges recognized for strong commitment to teaching, 63 on the list of top 239 liberal arts colleges nationwide, and 38th on a “best value” listing of 40 liberal arts colleges.