Wisconsin’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Wisconsin offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Wisconsin’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Wisconsin

Between community colleges, technical schools, and universities, Wisconsin has 30 public schools. All the public schools in Wisconsin have affordable tuitions, ranging from $4,000 to $11,000. The University of Wisconsin – Madison has over 35,000 students in attendance, making it the largest in the state. The tuition runs about $11,000, and the school boasts an 85% graduation rate. Public affairs, veterinary medicine, and human ecology are just some of the fields students can study here.

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Of Wisconsin’s 29 private schools, 18 are religious. With just under 10,000 students, Marquette University is the largest, and tuition for this school is about $42,000. Located in Milwaukee, this Catholic, Jesuit university offers degrees in fields like business, engineering, physical therapy, and law. Also located in Milwaukee, the state’s smallest institution, the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, is a private graduate school with just over 30 students, and is geared toward those earning their doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Wisconsin, like many states, also provides a loan forgiveness program to those who are working in the health care field.

When people think Wisconsin, they might immediately crave cheese. After all, the state is home to a museum dedicated to all things cheese, including the annual making of a 90-pound wheel of Swiss. But The Beaver State is also known for its more than 15,000 lakes, including Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Prospective students looking to earn their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree will enjoy the food, landscape, and educational variety Wisconsin has to offer.

Learn more about Wisconsin’s higher education opportunities by checking out the state’s variety of colleges and universities.


What are Wisconsin’s Colleges & Universities?

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How do we determine Wisconsin's best community colleges?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.


We’ve identified 17 community colleges in Wisconsin. The following list shows the best community colleges in the state.

Best Community Colleges in Wisconsin

  1. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Western Technical College known for?

    Western Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
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  2. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    9K

    What is Milwaukee Area Technical College known for?

    Milwaukee Area Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

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  3. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Lakeshore Technical College known for?

    Lakeshore Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Communications
    • Engineering
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  4. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Waukesha County Technical College known for?

    Waukesha County Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  5. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Northcentral Technical College known for?

    Northcentral Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  6. #6

    Mid-State Technical College

    Wisconsin Rapids , WI

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Mid-State Technical College known for?

    Mid-State Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Computer Science
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  7. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Fox Valley Technical College known for?

    Fox Valley Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

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  8. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Gateway Technical College known for?

    Gateway Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Communications
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  9. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    6K

    What is Northeast Wisconsin Technical College known for?

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

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  10. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Moraine Park Technical College known for?

    Moraine Park Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
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  11. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College known for?

    Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

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  12. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    13%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is College of Menominee Nation known for?

    College of Menominee Nation’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Biology
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  13. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Chippewa Valley Technical College known for?

    Chippewa Valley Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Sociology
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

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  14. #14

    Blackhawk Technical College

    Janesville , WI

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Blackhawk Technical College known for?

    Blackhawk Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
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  15. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Southwest Wisconsin Technical College known for?

    Southwest Wisconsin Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
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  16. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    7%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College known for?

    Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
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  17. #17

    Nicolet College

    Rhinelander , WI

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Nicolet College known for?

    Nicolet College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
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