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11 of the Top Colleges in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has a wide range of options for both public and private institutions.  From a large public research university like the University of Wisconsin at Madison to small eco-friendly Northland College, Wisconsin has schools to match a variety of student personalities and interests. The 11 top Wisconsin colleges below are listed alphabetically to avoid the often arbitrary distinctions used to distinguish #1 from #2, and because of the impossibility of comparing a small private college with a huge state institution. The schools were chosen based on their academic reputations, curricular innovations, first-year retention rates, six-year graduation rates, value, financial aid and student engagement.

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Beloit College

Beloit College
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  • Location: Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 1,407 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 15; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; large number of graduates go on to earn PhDs; curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, independent research, and fieldwork
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Beloit College profile

Carroll University

Carroll University
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  • Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 3,403 (3,118 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private Christian liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio; 50 student clubs and organizations; most students get grant aid; academic experience built upon "Four Pillars" of integrated knowledge, gateway experiences, lifelong skills and enduring values
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Carroll University profile

Lawrence University

Lawrence University
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  • Location: Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 1,483 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college and music conservatory
  • Distinctions: 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; featured in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives; 90% of students have one-on-one instruction by graduation; 44 international programs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Lawrence University profile

Marquette University

Marquette University
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  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 11,689 (8,081 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private Catholic university
  • Distinctions: chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio; 116 majors and 65 minors; strong programs in business, nursing and the biomedical sciences; member of the NCAA Division I Big East Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Marquette University profile

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)

The Grohmann Museum at MSOE, the Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 2,648 (2,438 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private engineering school
  • Distinctions: one of the country's top undergraduate engineering colleges; 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 21; home to the Grohmann Museum;
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the MSOE profile

Northland College

McLean Environmental Living and Learning Center at Northland College
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  • Location: Ashland, Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 612 (602 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: environmental liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ
  • Distinctions:  interdisciplinary core curriculum explores the relationships between the liberal arts, the environment, and our planet's future; all students earn an environmental studies minor; small classes; member of the Eco League with four other colleges
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Northland College profile

Ripon College

Ripon College, Smith Hall
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  • Location: Ripon, Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 1,064 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts education
  • Distinctions: excellent value with good grant aid; high graduation rate compared to similar schools; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 20
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Ripon College profile

St. Norbert College

St. Norbert College
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  • Location: De Pere, Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 2,175 (2,113 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private Catholic liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 22; focus on the development of the whole person -- intellectual, personal and spiritual; over 60 student clubs and organizations; Honors Program with a living-learning community
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the St. Norbert College profile

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
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  • Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 10,009 (8,871 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public university
  • Distinctions: average class size of 26; students come from 37 states and 44 countries; 88 degree programs for undergraduates; located in the scenic 7 Rivers Region on the Upper Mississippi
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse profile

University of Wisconsin - Madison

University of Wisconsin Social Sciences
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Wisconsin Lutheran College

Wisconsin Lutheran College
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  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Enrollment: 776 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private Christian liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 16; 34 majors and 22 minors; 30 student clubs and organizations; good graduation rate compared to similar colleges; most students receive grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Wisconsin Lutheran College profile
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