2016 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has more than 103 post-secondary institutions, of which 54 offer online programs. A total of 12 are public four-year colleges or universities and 12 are public community or technical colleges and 30 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 313 online certificate programs, 2,921 online associate programs, 4,955 online bachelor's programs, 1,597 online master's programs, 1,931 online professional programs, and 334 online doctoral programs. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from construction management to communications to gerontology. Read More


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Of the online colleges in Wisconsin, Herzing University has the most online courses. The research university offers 55 online programs.

Job Outlook

Wisconsin’s unemployment has hovered around seven percent for the last year. A number of industries have started to bounce back recently, leaving the state with a cautiously optimistic economic outlook. Trade, transportation and utilities make up roughly 20 percent of the workforce, but this field has seen a steady, if small, contraction in recent history. Government, manufacturing, and education make up the three other largest employers in the state. The fastest-growing jobs in Wisconsin include personal financial advisers, computer system analysts, and registered nurses. There are 2.6 million employees in the state.

The average wage of Wisconsin employees is approximately equal to the average wage for employees across the US. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in Wisconsin earn an average annual income of $40,980. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $72,340 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $17,340 annually. The median annual income for employees is around $32,810.

Tuition

Tuition for online college courses varies depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. In Wisconsin, the average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities was $5,873 per year. Public community and technical colleges charged students an average of $3,185 per year. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $8,880 to $30,040 per year.

Accreditation

Wisconsin online schools receive their school accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Both organizations are recognized through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Be wary of any online colleges in Wisconsin that do not have school accreditation from these organizations.

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Distance Learning Resources

  • Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators provides an excellent resource for finding student loans specific to the state of Wisconsin.
  • EdVest helps you calculate how much you’ll need to save in order to pay for your college education. Use their interactive savings calculator to compare savings plans.
  • Wisconsin Economy at a Glance provides data that helps you  pick which career and major make the most financial sense for you.
  • Wisconsin Educational Opportunities Program Wseeks out talented students and encourages them to engage in higher education. This takes the form of counseling, academic and financial planning, and more.
  • Fund For Wisconsin Scholars aims to lessen the financial burden of attending college for Wisconsin residents. The FFWS aims to combat student debt and make post-secondary education a possibility for more Wisconsin students.

More Information

Wisconsin is located in the Upper Midwest region of the United States. With an area of 65,496 square miles, it is the 23rd largest state in the country. The state’s average annual temperature is about 44°F.

Of the states in the country, Wisconsin has the 20th largest population. It has 72 counties with a reported population of 5,686,986 residents. An estimated 40 percent of those living in Wisconsin are less than 30 years old. Additionally, it has one of the least diverse populations in the country. An estimated 17 percent of the state’s population identifies itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

Wisconsin’s capital city is Madison. However, the state’s largest city is Milwaukee, which has a population of 594,833 residents. About 9.56 percent of the state’s residents live in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Some of the other populous cities in Wisconsin include Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, and Racine.

Wisconsin residents normally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the US. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 22.2 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have finished high school, 4.9 percent have at least an associate degree, 3.9 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.