Wisconsin Map, Capital, Universities, History, Population, Facts

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Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state by total area and the 20th most populous. The state capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state is divided into 72 counties.

Wisconsin’s geography is diverse, with the Northern Highland and Western Upland along with a part of the Central Plain occupying the western part of the state and lowlands stretching to the shore of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is second to Michigan in the length of its Great Lakes coastline.

Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland” because it is one of the nation’s leading dairy producers, particularly famous for its cheese. Manufacturing, especially paper products, information technology (IT), and tourism are also major contributors to the state’s economy.

State of Wisconsin
 Flag of Wisconsin  State seal of Wisconsin
Flag Seal
Nickname(s): Badger State; America’s Dairyland (No official nickname)
Motto(s): Forward
 Map of the United States with Wisconsin highlighted
Demonym Wisconsinite
Capital Madison
Largest city Milwaukee
Largest metro Milwaukee metropolitan area
Area Ranked 23rd
 • Total 65,498.37 sq mi
(169,640 km2)
 • Width 260 miles (420 km)
 • Length 310 miles (500 km)
 • % water 17
 • Latitude 42° 30′ N to 47° 05′ N
 • Longitude 86° 46′ W to 92° 53′ W
Population Ranked 20th
 • Total 5,778,708 (2016 est.)
 • Density 105/sq mi  (40.6/km2)
Ranked 23rd
 • Median household income $55,425 (28th)
 • Highest point Timms Hill
1,951 ft (595 m)
 • Mean 1,050 ft  (320 m)
 • Lowest point Lake Michigan
579 ft (176 m)
Before statehood Wisconsin Territory
Admission to Union May 29, 1848 (30th)
Governor Scott Walker (R)
Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R)
Legislature Wisconsin Legislature
 • Upper house Senate
 • Lower house State Assembly
U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R)
Tammy Baldwin (D)
U.S. House delegation 5 Republicans, 3 Democrats (list)
Time zone Central: UTC −6/−5
ISO 3166 US-WI
Abbreviations WI, Wis., Wisc.


Wisconsin state symbols
Flag of Wisconsin.svg

The Flag of Wisconsin

Seal of Wisconsin.svg

The Seal of Wisconsin

Living insignia
Bird American robin
Turdus migratorius
Fish Muskellunge
Esox masquinongy
Flower Wood violet
Viola sororia
Insect Western honey bee
Apis mellifera
Tree Sugar maple
Acer saccharum
Inanimate insignia
Beverage Milk
Dance Polka
Food Maize
Zea mays
Fossil Trilobite
Calymene celebra
Mineral Galena
Motto “Forward”
Rock Red granite
Slogan America’s Dairyland
Soil Antigo silt loam
Song “On, Wisconsin!”
Tartan Wisconsin tartan
State route marker
 Wisconsin state route marker
State quarter

Wisconsin quarter dollar coin

Released in 2004


Wisconsin is bordered by the Montreal River; Lake Superior and Michigan to the north; by Lake Michigan to the east; by Illinois to the south; and by Iowa to the southwest and Minnesota to the northwest. A border dispute with Michigan was settled by two cases, both Wisconsin v. Michigan, in 1934 and 1935. The state’s boundaries include the Mississippi River and St. Croix River in the west, and the Menominee River in the northeast.

With its location between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, Wisconsin is home to a wide variety of geographical features. The state is divided into five distinct regions. In the north, the Lake Superior Lowland occupies a belt of land along Lake Superior. Just to the south, the Northern Highland has massive mixed hardwood and coniferous forests including the 1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2) Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, as well as thousands of glacial lakes, and the state’s highest point, Timms Hill. In the middle of the state, the Central Plain has some unique sandstone formations like the Dells of the Wisconsin River in addition to rich farmland. The Eastern Ridges and Lowlands region in the southeast is home to many of Wisconsin’s largest cities. The ridges include the Niagara Escarpment that stretches from New York, the Black River Escarpment and the Magnesian Escarpment.

The bedrock of the Niagara Escarpment is dolomite, while the two shorter ridges have limestone bedrock. In the southwest, the Western Upland is a rugged landscape with a mix of forest and farmland, including many bluffs on the Mississippi River. This region is part of the Driftless Area, which also includes portions of Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota. This area was not covered by glaciers during the most recent ice age, the Wisconsin Glaciation. Overall, 46% of Wisconsin’s land area is covered by forest. Langlade County has a soil rarely found outside of the county called Antigo silt loam.[63]


Wisconsin, along with Minnesota and Michigan, was among the Midwestern leaders in the emergent American state university movement following the Civil War in the United States. By the start of the 20th century, education in the state advocated the “Wisconsin Idea”, which emphasized service to the people of the state. The “Wisconsin Idea” exemplified the Progressive movement within colleges and universities at the time.

Today, public post-secondary education in Wisconsin includes both the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System, with the flagship university University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the 16-campus Wisconsin Technical College System. Private colleges and universities include Alverno College, Beloit College, Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University, Carthage College, Concordia University Wisconsin, Edgewood College, Lakeland College, Lawrence University, Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Ripon College, St. Norbert College, Wisconsin Lutheran College, and others.

List of colleges and universities in Wisconsin

Active institutions
School Location(s) Control Type Enrollment
(fall 2010)
Founded Accreditation
Alverno College Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Master’s university 2,759 1887 HLC, CCNE,


Bellin College Green Bay Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 329 1909 HLC, CCNE
Beloit College Beloit Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,397 1846 HLC
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville Public Associate’s college 3,339 1968 NCA, ADA, APTA,


Bryant & Stratton College–Wauwatosa Wauwatosa Private for-profit Baccalaureate/associate’s college 942 1854 MSCHE, NLNAC
Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Doctoral/research university 5,842 1937 HLC, CCNE, NCATE,


Carroll University Waukesha Private not-for-profit Master’s university 3,396 1846 HLC, ADA, APTA,


Carthage College Kenosha Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 3,144 1847 HLC, NASM
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire Public Associate’s college 6,062 1912 HLC, NASM, JRCERT,


College of Menominee Nation Keshena Private not-for-profit Tribal college 615 1993 HLC, NLNAC
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon Private not-for-profit Master’s university 7,484 1881 HLC, ACPE, AOTA,


DeVry University–Wisconsin Milwaukee Private for-profit Special-focus institution 521 1931 HLC
Edgewood College Madison Private not-for-profit Doctoral/research university 2,626 1927 HLC, AAMFT,


Fox Valley Technical College Appleton Public Associate’s college 10,684 1967 HLC, ADA, AOTA,


Gateway Technical College Kenosha Public Associate’s college 9,052 1972 HLC, ADA, APTA, NLNAC
Globe University–Eau Claire Eau Claire Private for-profit Associate’s college 728 1885 ACICS, ABHES
Herzing University Madison Private not-for-profit Master’s university 6,032 1965 HLC, ABHES, NLNAC
High-Tech Institute–Brookfield Brookfield Private for-profit Associate’s college 365 2006 ABHES
Kaplan College Milwaukee Private for-profit Associate’s college 578 1937 ACCSC, ACICS
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Hayward Public Tribal college 489 1982 HLC
Lakeland College Plymouth Private not-for-profit Master’s university 3,936 1862 HLC, TEAC
Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland Public Associate’s college 3,159 1967 HLC, ABHES,


Lawrence University Appleton Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,557 1847 HLC, NASM
Madison Area Technical College Madison Public Associate’s college 17,463 1912 HLC, ADA, ADA,


Madison Media Institute Madison Private for-profit Associate’s college 488 1969 ACICS
Maranatha Baptist University Watertown Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 962 1968 HLC
Marian University Fond du Lac Private not-for-profit Master’s university 2,881 1936 HLC, CCNE, NCATE
Marquette University Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Doctoral/research university 11,806 1881 HLC, ACME, ABA,




Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 1,277 1893 HLC, ADA, CEPH, LCME
Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point Public Associate’s college 3,430 1911 HLC, NLNAC
Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Racine Private for-profit Special-focus institution 99 1979 ACAOM
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee Public Associate’s college 19,827 1912 HLC, ADA, AOTA,



Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 700 1974 HLC, NASAD
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Master’s university 2,589 1903 HLC, CCNE
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac Public Associate’s college 8,484 1912 HLC, JRCERT
Mount Mary University Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Master’s university 1,957 1913 HLC, ADA, AOTA
Nashotah House Nashotah Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 114 1842 ATSCA
Nicolet Area Technical College Rhinelander Public Associate’s college 1,455 1967 HLC, NLNAC
Northcentral Technical College Wausau Public Associate’s college 5,120 1912 HLC, ADA,


Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay Public Associate’s college 9,755 1912 HLC, ADA, APTA,


Northland College Ashland Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 603 1906 HLC
Ottawa University–Milwaukee Brookfield Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 405 1865 HLC
Rasmussen College–Green Bay Green Bay, Appleton, Wausau Private for-profit Associate’s college 1,342 1900 HLC
Ripon College Ripon Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,065 1851 HLC
Sacred Heart School of Theology Franklin Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 107 1932 HLC, ATSCA
St. Norbert College De Pere Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 2,241 1898 HLC
Sanford-Brown College West Allis Private for-profit Associate’s college 1,377 1866 ACICS, ABHES,


Silver Lake College Manitowoc Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 720 1885 HLC, CCNE, NASM
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore Public Associate’s college 3,431 1967 HLC, APTA, NLNAC
University of Phoenix–Madison Campus Madison Private for-profit Special-focus institution 201 1976 HLC
University of Phoenix–Milwaukee Campus Brookfield Private for-profit Special-focus institution 583 1976 HLC
University of Wisconsin Colleges [note 4] Public Associate’s colleges 14,385 Various HLC
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Eau Claire Public Master’s university 11,413 1916 HLC, ASHA,


University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Green Bay Public Master’s university 6,636 1965 HLC, ADA, CCNE,


University of Wisconsin–La Crosse La Crosse Public Master’s university 10,135 1909 HLC, AOTA, APTA,


University of Wisconsin–Madison Madison Public Research university 42,180 1848 HLC, ACPE, ABA,





University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Milwaukee Public Research university 30,470 1885 HLC, AOTA, APTA,


University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Oshkosh Public Master’s university 13,629 1871 HLC, CCNE, NASM, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–Parkside Kenosha Public Baccalaureate college 5,160 1968 HLC
University of Wisconsin–Platteville Platteville Public Master’s university 7,928 1866 HLC, NASM, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–River Falls River Falls Public Master’s university 6,902 1875 HLC, ASHA, NASM, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Stevens Point Public Master’s university 9,500 1894 HLC, ADA, ASHA,



University of Wisconsin–Stout Menomonie Public Master’s university 9,339 1891 HLC, AAMFT, ADA, NASAD, NCATE
University of Wisconsin–Superior Superior Public Master’s university 2,856 1893 HLC, NASM
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Whitewater Public Master’s university 11,557 1868 HLC, ASHA, NASAD,


Viterbo University La Crosse Private not-for-profit Master’s university 3,238 1890 HLC, ADA, CCNE,


Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee Public Associate’s college 8,102 1923 HLC, ADA, NLNAC
Western Technical College La Crosse Public Associate’s college 5,392 1912 HLC, ADA, AOTA,



Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake Public Associate’s college 3,925 1972 HLC, NLNAC
Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 840 1973 HLC
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology Milwaukee Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 75 1978 HLC, APA


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