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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Narrative Description


PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Tel: (414)229-1122
Admissions: (414)229-3800
Fax: (414)229-6940
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Wisconsin System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1956. Setting: 90-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 26,832. 10,728 applied, 79% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 28% from top quarter, 70% from top half. Full-time: 17,922 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 4,385 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 7% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 19% 25 or older, 13% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual/performing arts; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT, ACT for state residents. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $5138 full-time, $214.09 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $17,890 full-time, $745.42 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $697 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4505. College room only: $2670. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities. Major annual event: homecoming. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. Option: coed housing available. Golda Meir Library with 1.4 million books, 1.7 million microform titles, 8,240 serials, 37,376 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 310 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located on the west shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee (population 640,000) is the largest city in Wisconsin. All major forms of commercial transportation are available. Milwaukee is the nation's brewing center, as well as a major grain market and manufacturing center. Products of industry are metal, machinery, food, leather, chemicals, textiles, electrical machinery, and other items. The city is the headquarters of the Lake States National Forest Region. The county has a park system and many of the units contain public golf courses, tennis courts, and other recreational facilities. Wisconsin's State Fair is held each year in August.

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