Wisconsin has been touted as one of the best places in the country to do business, according to Inc. Magazine. The quality of the state’s public education system is at the top of the list of factors contributing to the state’s success. Juggle the statistics, but it’s hard to find a smarter, harder working group of people than we have in Wisconsin. Our insistence on top-quality education shows early on. Our pupil/teacher ratio averages are exceptionally low and we rank as one of the top two states in ACT and SAT test scores. In addition, Wisconsin schools are also among the safest in the nation.
Public Colleges and Universities
The majority of our college students are among the 162,000 in the University of Wisconsin system, which consistently ranks among the nation’s top 10 in size and quality. The UW awards the second highest number of doctoral degrees of any institution in the country, and enrolls 4,500 engineering students at its Madison campus alone.
Independent Colleges and Universities
The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) has a membership partnership with more than 20 private colleges and universities in Wisconsin, representing more than 59,000 students throughout the state. Each WAICU member is a nonprofit, fully accredited, degree-granting institution.
Technical Schools and Trade Education
Wisconsin has spearheaded the development and support of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education. The beginning of our vocational system dates back to the early 1900s and reflects the state’s total commitment to economic development. Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s future. Tech degree programs offer students some of the most innovative and highly sought after technical skills that employers are currently looking for. Programs continually adjust to meet the needs of the market and keep pace with the ever changing world of manufacturing and business.
It’s no wonder that Wisconsin is one of the eight "smartest states" based on the quality of public elementary and secondary schools. It’s in the top 10 for Advanced Placement scores. Of Wisconsin high school students taking Advanced Placement exams, 68% earn a score high enough to qualify for college credit.