University of Wisconsin Colleges
780 Regent St.
Madison, WI 53708-8680
(877) 449-1877
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

The University of Wisconsin Colleges is a unit of the University of Wisconsin System that consists of 13 local campuses and an online campus. Through these colleges, students can earn an associate degree or take general education courses. By offering a liberal arts general education, this system is geared towards preparing students for continued study at the bachelor’s degree level. The 13 colleges serve more than 14,000 students..

Programs Offered

Students can choose from more than 250 associate degree programs through the University of Wisconsin Colleges that provide general education and foundational courses. Areas of study include pre-professional studies, fine and applied arts, health professions, agriculture and natural resources, architecture and engineering, math and computer science, business, natural and physical sciences, communications, education, and social sciences and public affairs. These programs prepare students for continued study at the bachelor’s degree level. Students also have the option of completing a collaborative bachelor’s degree on one of the University of Wisconsin Colleges campuses in a number of different areas. Through University of Wisconsin Colleges Online, students can enroll in courses in a variety of subjects while working towards their associate degree.


University of Wisconsin Colleges has been regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1977.


Degree-seeking students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow enough time for admissions and financial aid processing. Online students must complete an electronic application and submit a $44 application fee, official high school transcript or record of GED, and all college transcripts. Applicants younger than 21 must also submit official ACT scores. Once admitted, students may be required to take online placement exams in math and English. They will also work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule each semester.

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