2017 Best Colleges in Wisconsin

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    University of Wisconsin

    • Madison, WI
    • 2,816 reviews
    College Sophomore:This was my dream school and I know by the atmosphere it's where I belong. There are so many interesting courses to take and areas to explore. Overall, it is a fantastic school.
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    Lawrence University

    • Appleton, WI
    • 640 reviews
    College Junior:I can truly say I absolutely made the right selection in choosing Lawrence University. The community is absolutely perfect for me as an individual and the academics are top-notch.
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    Marquette University

    • Milwaukee, WI
    • 1,827 reviews
    College Sophomore:Marquette University is a unique place. It offers the 'big school' feel, while still offering the perks of a smaller school such as knowing everyone and smaller class sizes. It can be very challenging academically, especially for areas in health and engineering, but gives students the education to succeed and thrive at top companies like GE and Harley Davidson. Marquette truly is a community and is felt by everyone, whether it be banding together through the struggle of finals week or just someone waiting and holding the door for you. I lived in O'Donnell Hall freshman year, which was not even on my list of preferred housings places (nor was it for most people that lived there), but I would not trade my time I spent there for anything. It is where I met my closest friends and was really allowed to grow as an individual. Honestly, I feel like the school does not get enough credit for what it does for its students and the community surrounding the campus. Never have I ran into an alumni who did not enjoy their time at Marquette, simply because everybody is accepted and given the opportunities to succeed. Like at every school there are a few people that are stuck up and obnoxious, but that is part of life and present in every society. Marquette has given me the experience of a lifetime and I would not trade it in for a second.
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    Milwaukee School of Engineering

    • Milwaukee, WI
    • 401 reviews
    College Sophomore:The school is a great place, the campus is small but its in downtown Milwaukee, making it easy to walk places. The instructors expect you to put a lot of effort into the courses and the 11 week semester makes it a really fast pace, so you need to be on top of the workload. The professors are all willing to talk to you and are easy to find, even outside of their office hours. The cafeteria food leaves something to be desired and if you can avoid the dorms, the better. All of the dorm buildings need to be upgraded because there are features that are original and the building was built in 1967. The hard work and fast pace pay off, in the end, with all the resources that MSOE provides, and the speed at which you get a career with a six figure salary
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    St. Norbert College

    • De Pere, WI
    • 603 reviews
    College Freshman:I've learned so much already, especially in my major. Classes are small--the largest class I've ever had had 35 kids. Professors are willing to work with students and usually enjoy getting to know them.
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    Beloit College

    • Beloit, WI
    • 507 reviews
    College Sophomore:The professors here have obtained the highest degree in their field. They are passionate about their students, as they are their number one focus. What I love about Beloit is I have been able to build relationships with each of my professors, even the ones outside of my majors. They always ask me in passing about my dog and how current semester is going. Office hours are an essential at Beloit and more often than not, professors are willing to meet outside of their office hours if they conflict with your other classes. In other words, it is hard not to succeed at Beloit with all of the support from professors and classmates. Especially in the sciences classes have TA's that have late-night hours if you need any assistance with homework. Individuals peer tutors can be assigned as well through your professor for every department on campus. Beloit really stresses an interdisciplinary approach to education, so there are always a variety of courses offered. This approach aims to assist you post-graduation, when you must approach a task from multiple perspectives in a career.
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    Alverno College

    • Milwaukee, WI
    • 910 reviews
    College Student:Alverno college is very well known for their small classroom sizes and having great relationships with all your professors. It's one of the most common answers from most students as to why they choose and like Alverno college so much.
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    University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

    • La Crosse, WI
    • 1,245 reviews
    College Junior:I have had a very good experience at La Crosse so far. I have made wonderful friends, the area is beautiful, and I love the class sizes that are all taught by professors.
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    University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

    • Eau Claire, WI
    • 1,216 reviews
    College Junior:UWEC has good sized classes, and quality professors. With the Wisconsin budget cuts, they're making do with a lesser amount of money. They are doing their best not to compromise the education of their students.
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    University of Wisconsin - Stout

    • Menomonie, WI
    • 899 reviews
    College Freshman:There is a wide variety of school organizations to get involved with and many things to do. I feel it is a safe environment to be at and the professors are, mostly, very helpful.
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    University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

    • Milwaukee, WI
    • 2,824 reviews
    College Senior:The location of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is what keeps me here. It is perfect for someone always on the go like myself and the opportunities that the city presents for not only your education but extra curricular, volunteering, and careers is amazing.
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    Wisconsin Lutheran College

    • Milwaukee, WI
    • 401 reviews
    College Sophomore:There are constantly employers on campus recruiting for jobs in the area which is great. I know the campus has many events that include alumni and current students, but I have never attended one so I don't know what they are like or how great they are. Internship is very high rate at my school, if you want one you can pretty much get one and receive school credit for it.
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    University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

    • Stevens Point, WI
    • 917 reviews
    College Sophomore:Stevens Point environment is friendly and inclusive. The community is great towards the students and enjoy having them there. Professors are not only intelligent but care about each of the students and are very open to helping a student in any way possible. Campus is beautiful with a nature preserve sitting right next the one end of the campus. The nature preserve is open to students and many classes do experiments and observations in the preserve. Campus is very well taken care of and has the best staff. UWSP has a variety of clubs and some of the best science courses in the state. The food is also pretty delicious and being able to rent instead of buy your textbooks is a great plus. However, the location of UWSP makes the winters pretty harsh and there isn't a whole lot to do on the weekends when it is -20 outside.
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    Northland College

    • Ashland, WI
    • 252 reviews
    College Sophomore:Northland is a wonderful small school school and the connections with professors are very one on one. My class sizes are typically average around 20 students and professors have easily accessible through office hours and email. Northland is heavily environmentally focused with exceptional field programs. The student body is heavily involved in sustainability programs, student government, and athletics. Northland also has many connections with international study programs as well as the facts that is a member of the Ecoleague that alows students to transfer within a system of around 10 private schools for the blanket tuition. I would definitely choose my school again because they provide so many opportunities and connections all within a tight knit academic community.
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    Edgewood College

    • Madison, WI
    • 488 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love the small class sizes that allow you to get help easier from professors. I also love the tight knit community on campus. The location is fantastic because it is located in the heart of a big city, but we have a small campus. I would recommend my school even though the price is high.
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    Viterbo University

    • La Crosse, WI
    • 361 reviews
    College Junior:I love it hear at viterbo. The small class sizes are very beneficial and let you get close with classmates and establish good relationships with professors.
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    University of Wisconsin - Superior

    • Superior, WI
    • 235 reviews
    College Freshman:I love my major and it is nice to have teachers who are passionate about their subject. I don't think that there is too heavy of a workload. It actually might be more beneficial to have more homework.
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    Carthage College

    • Kenosha, WI
    • 1,000 reviews
    College Sophomore:Carthage College is initially a great college, but in my opinion, the incoming freshman class is the school's highest priority. My assessment of this opinion came through my experiences with registration for this spring semester. As a freshman, I was notified several times by my first-year advisor of my incoming registration time, but this year, all I got was one email from my new advisor in October notifying me that registration advising had official started. Last year, my residence hall experienced nearly 50 fire alarms while this year we haven't had one. My roommate and I didn't get along at all last year to the point where I considered transferring before this year, but I decided to give Carthage for another chance. However, I regretted my decision after finding out that this school has a very small Criminal Justice department and only four classes are available in my major: two of which I've already taken, one that requires another class in order to take it and one that isn't available to me at this time. The only good thing I can honestly say about Carthage is that it has a large variety of clubs and organizations, covering plenty of interests.
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    University of Wisconsin - Platteville

    • Platteville, WI
    • 925 reviews
    College Senior:Having previously attended another University of Wisconsin College, I have the advantage of experiencing two different campus types. UW-Platteville is definitely a great choice for anyone who wants to attend college in a smaller community but still experience college life.
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    University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

    • Whitewater, WI
    • 1,158 reviews
    College Senior:I love the amount of school spirit and activities on-campus; however, the school offers no scholarships, so I have to live off-campus to afford attending.
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    Maranatha Baptist University

    • Watertown, WI
    • 444 reviews
    College Sophomore:At first I thought I'd like going to a smaller-size school where there was more one-on-one interaction and help from the teachers, more ability to get to know people, and easier to get around, but it's not what I was expecting. I kinda wish I choose a different school
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    College Freshman:Some of the professors are great, some purposely give you poor grades and are even rude. My roommate reported one for comments she made on her paper while grading it.
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    University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

    • Oshkosh, WI
    • 1,211 reviews
    College Senior:College is said to be some of the best years of your life and i certainly agree with that. I have made so many friends living in the dorms and being a student-athlete at UW Oshkosh. The classes are challenging and the business program here is phenomenal. I would not change a thing about playing softball and going to a 4 year school. The only thing that is tough is being able to pay for all the expenses that come with college and not being able to have a job while in season is tough as well.
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    University of Wisconsin - River Falls

    • River Falls, WI
    • 523 reviews
    College Sophomore:This is subjective because it depends on the instructor you end up having. Fortunately, I ended up picking some classes with great professors that challenge me to think beyond the surface. Pay attention in lecture the first time around. This will save you time and create less stress in the long run so you don't feel pressured to learn something on your own.
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