Dean: Stephen Schmid
Founded: 1966
Campus: 86 acres main campus and a 92-acre Field Station 10 miles west of the campus
Tuition: $2,375.16 full-time, resident, per semester
Governance: Branch campus of UW-Milwaukee
Athletic Nickname: Cougars
Colors: Green and Gold


Headcount: 73

Average Class Size: 23 students
Accreditation: From the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association

Enrollment for fall 2017

Headcount: 1724  (Full-time: 812; Part-time: 912)

Top 10 High Schools of Enrolled Freshmen

1. Waukesha High School North

2. Muskego High School

3. Mukwonago High School

4. Oconomowoc High School

5. Waukesha South High School

6. Kettle Moraine High School

7. Hamilton High School

8. Arrowhead High School

9. Waterford Union High School

10. Waukesha West High School


The first buildings on the campus were erected in 1966 on an 86-acre site near the geographic center of Waukesha County.

UWM at Waukesha's enrollment has grown from fewer than 500 students in 1966 to a high of 2,514 in 1988. The enrollment has stabilized over the last couple of years to approximately 1800 students. Twenty-three percent of the students are age 22 and older.

UWM at Waukesha's curriculum covers the three broad areas of humanities, natural and mathematical science and social sciences. Most students complete an associate degree before transferring to a four-year campus to finish their junior and senior years. Teaching excellence is regarded by the campus as being of primary importance. Because class sizes are small, students and faculty become well-acquainted and, in many ways, the educational experience is much like a private liberal arts college.

Students have opportunities to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities ranging from athletics and intramurals to the student newspaper, The Observer. There's plenty to do on the Waukesha campus - from athletics to the arts. An active Student Activities Committee (ACT) plans noon-time entertainment, movie/video nights, fall fest, and spring fling. Student Government (SGA) is the official representative and legislative body for all students, and plays an integral role in student life on campus. In addition, as a branch campus of UWM, students are invited to events on the Milwaukee campus, including Pantherfest and Panther basketball games. 

Students, through their segregated fee, support services to students such as an extensive peer tutoring program, managed by the Academic Success Center.