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UW-Whitewater Rankings

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has spent the last 150 years inspiring, engaging and transforming lives, and takes pride in the recognitions earned along the way. Our championship tradition extends from our NCAA Division III athletics to our award-winning sustainability initiatives.

IRP provides data to the United States Department of Education and a variety of other organizations that compile profiles, guidebooks, and rankings. There is variation in the methodologies for each ranking, including data collected from publically available sources (such as IPEDS).

Rankings are based on variables that the organizations performing the rankings believe are important or reflect quality. There is no universal set of variables or data used for these publications, therefore an institution can appear near the top of one ranking list, while appearing far from the top on another.

There has been a proliferation of rankings in recent years. Below are the institution-wide rankings that UW-W views as important to participate in and which are used in marketing. There are many other “lists” and “rankings” in which UW-W may appear.

Best Colleges - US News and World Report 2023

UW-Whitewater consistently ranks highly in graduation and retention rates and small class sizes, which are key measures of quality and value.

  • #43 regional colleges and universities
  • #11 regional public colleges and universities 
  • #55 in best value schools
  • #94 in top performers in social mobility - tie
  • #20 in best colleges for veterans
  • #310 in business programs - tie (nationally)
  • #380 in psychology programs - tie (nationally)

UW-Whitewater's Profile  |   Methodology

Colleges of Distinction

UW-Whitewater was selected as a 2023-2024 College of Distinctiona national honor that recognizes campuses for exceptional teaching and dedication to student success. UW-Whitewater ranked as a Public College of Distinction, an Equity & Inclusion College of Distinction, an Affordable College of Distinction, a Career Development College of Distinction, a Business College of Distinction, and an Education College of Distinction. 

UW-Whitewater's Profile  |  Methodology

Niche College Rankings - 2023

The Niche College Rankings are “based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with … reviews from students and alumni.” 

  • #3 in Top Public Universities in Wisconsin
  • #2 Best College for Athletics in Wisconsin (Top 3% nationally)
  • #3 in College with the Best Student Life in Wisconsin

UW-Whitewater's Profile  |  Methodology 

College Factual - 2023

  • Ranked in the top 10% nationwide in Best Value Schools for Bachelor's ranking 
  • Top 10% of all schools in nation for Best for Veterans ranking
  • Most popular College for Education in Wisconsin (#1 out of 52)
  • A top 20% school for students in Best Colleges ranking

UW-Whitewater's Profile  |  Methodology

Sustained Excellence in Assessment - 2020

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is one of just three colleges or universities in the U.S. — and the only Wisconsin institution — to receive the 2020 award.
  • Only nine colleges and universities have received the designation, which is awarded for those institutions that have maintained or evolved their integrated institution-level student learning outcomes assessment over a period of five or more years, since the award’s inception in 2016.

About the Award |  APLU News Release


2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee
  • One of 5 institutions of higher education in the U.S. to receive this award in 2020
Level II arboretum accreditation
  • First Wisconsin university to earn Level II arboretum accreditation by ArbNet, the Interactive Community of Arboreta.
Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System ( STARS)- Silver ranking

Best Online Colleges 

  • #8 in the top 30 online education programs in the US 2023 

Ranking and Methodology

  • #55 in Best Online MBA Programs (tie)
  • #31 in Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans (tie)
  • #37 in Best Online Master's in Business Programs (Excluding MBA)(tie)
  • #23 in Best Online Master's in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) for Veterans (tie)
  • #98 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs (tie)
  • #38 in Best Online Bachelor's in Business Programs (tie)

Largest Milwaukee-area MBA Program
  • The list features MBA programs at institutions within 100 miles of Milwaukee and ranked by fall 2021 enrollment.

    A leader in serving students with disabilities

    UW-Whitewater is a national leader in its commitment to serving students with disabilities. For 50 years this commitment has been evident in the university's core values, and is continually fostered through efforts such as the university's Strategic Plan, sustainable funding, and institutional policies that require universal design standards campus-wide. These efforts, as well as bridging community barriers through summer camps and disability awareness programs, and employment programming to assist students with transitioning after college, have resulted in recognition for UW-W's commitment and attraction for students with disabilities nationwide.

        Warhawk Athletics

        The UW-Whitewater Warhawks have much to celebrate. In 2014, UW-Whitewater made history as the first NCAA institution to win national championships in men's football, basketball, and baseball in a single year; the Gymnastics team also brought home a national championship in the same year. Check out the history of national championships for our student-athletes here.

        Community Engagement Classification 2015 (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) 

        Bestowed on only 361 colleges and universities in the United States -- honors campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions. Campuses that receive the Community Engagement Classification retain it for 10 years.


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