Milwaukee School of Engineering
Year established: 1903
Type of school: university, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate, graduate school
Religious affiliation: no
Campus enrollment: 2,427 students
Coeducational information: coeducational institution, founded as coeducational institution
Location description: in or near a major city (pop. 300,000 or more)
Application fee: $25

Street address: Milwaukee School of Engineering
1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3109
Mailing address: Milwaukee School of Engineering
1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3109
Main telephone numbers: 800 332-6763
800 332-6763 (toll free)
414 277-7475 (fax)

Milwaukee School of Engineering
Main homepage:
Campus map:

SAT number: 1476
ACT number: 4616
FAFSA number: 003868
FICE number: 3868

At Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), theory is brought to life and reinforced for students through extensive integration of laboratory experimentation. Understanding theoretical concepts and knowing how to apply them is key to the success of MSOE graduates. Established in 1903, MSOE provides a climate for students to become well-rounded, technologically experienced graduates, and highly productive professionals and leaders. MSOE has a small university atmosphere within an exciting city environment. The 15-acre, user-friendly campus is located in a historic district downtown, just blocks from beautiful Lake Michigan. There are dozens of student activities, organizations, sororities and fraternities, and intercollegiate and intramural sports. Called 'The Genuine American City,' Milwaukee boasts hundreds off parks and miles of bike trails, a vibrant fine arts and cultural community, major and minor league sports, a brisk live-music scene, and is famous for its more than 50 annual festivals. The city also is a business, technological and industrial center, where opportunities for internships and jobs abound. The student body of 2,400 men and women comes from throughout the United States and numerous countries. Since its founding, the university has encouraged the enrollment of students of any race, color, creed or gender. Approximately half the full-time students live in three modern high-rise residence halls.

The admissions information below is valid for the 2006-07 academic year.

Milwaukee School of Engineering
Admissions officer: Mr. Paul Borens,
Dean of Enrollment Management
Contacting the office: 800 332-6763
800 332-6763 (toll free)
414 277-7475 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? no
Priority filing date for fall: February 1
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall: 7%
Application fee: $25
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: yes
Admissions requirements:
Minimum composite ACT score of 20 (combined SAT I score of 940) and minimum 2.75 GPA required.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: recommended
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: required of some
Off-campus interview: not available
Standardized test requirements: SAT I considered if submitted, ACT considered if submitted, SAT I or ACT required, SAT II not used
School's test preference: no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for: counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received: September 6 for SAT I/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
English: 4 required, 4 recommended
Lab: 2 recommended
Math: 4 required, 4 recommended
Science: 2 required, 2 recommended
Total: 10 required, 12 recommended
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible: conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview considered
  • extracurricular activities considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.4
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 99%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 28%
Top quarter: 58%
Top half: 92%
Average SAT I: 550 verbal, 620 math, 1168 combined
Average ACT: 23 English, 27 math, 25 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 23 - 28
Test taken by majority of applicants: ACT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT I scores: 6%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 98%

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission: no set date

Number of completed applications received: 2,181
Number of applicants offered admission: 1,543 (71%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 560 (36%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools: 83%
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 30%
Tuition deposit amount: $100, refundable May 1
Room deposit amount: $75, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred: yes, up to 2 years

Semester/term begin dates: in early September, late November, and early March.
Calendar system: quarter system (four terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in September.
Number and length of summer sessions: One summer session of five to 11 weeks.

Majors with the highest enrollment: computer engineering, mechanical engineering, architectural engineering
Majors with the lowest enrollment: technical communications
Average freshman GPA: 2.6 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 76%
Student:Faculty ratio: 12:1
Total faculty: 158 men, 55 women, 213 total
Full-time faculty: 95 men, 27 women, 122 total
Part-time faculty: 61 men, 39 women, 100 total
Graduation rate: 56% within six years

Milwaukee School of Engineering
General education/core curriculum is required: no
Minor requirements: not required for graduation
Physical education is required: no
There are religious requirements for graduation: no
Minimum GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Special programs offered:
double majors, dual degrees, independent study, internships, distance learning
Combined 2-2 programs available:
architectural engineering and construction management, business and technical communication, engineering and business, engineering and technical communication
Graduate schools/programs are offered: yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: yes
Study abroad opportunities:
Czech Republic;Germany;India
Army ROTC: offered off-campus Marquette University
Navy ROTC: offered off-campus Marquette University
Air Force ROTC: offered off-campus Marquette University

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Nursing
  • Software Engineering
  • Technical Communications

Credit placement options:
  • credit and/or placement for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 4 or higher)
  • credit and/or placement for CLEP general
  • credit and/or placement for CLEP subject
  • credit and/or placement for ACT PEP
  • placement for international baccalaureate

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2007 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Steve Midthun,
Director of Financial Aid
Contacting the office: 414 277-7511
800 778-7223 (toll free)
414 277-6952 (fax)
FAFSA number: 003868

Undergraduate tuition: $25,980; $25,980 out-of-state
Book fees: $2,640
Miscellaneous expenses: $3,800
Other expenses: Miscellaneous, transportation, laptop computer
Combined room and board expenses: $6,501 - $6,501


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAMarch 15yesN/A

Applied for financial aid:
93% of first-year students
88% of full-time undergraduates
72% of part-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
85% of first-year students
90% of full-time undergraduates
85% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any financial aid:
99% of first-year students
100% of full-time undergraduates
99% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
100% of first-year students
100% of full-time undergraduates
79% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received need-based self-help aid:
88% of first-year students
89% of full-time undergraduates
90% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
11% of first-year students
11% of full-time undergraduates
8% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
15% of first-year students
18% of full-time undergraduates
14% of part-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
74% for first-year students
72% for full-time undergraduates
58% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$16,759 for first-year students
$16,915 for full-time undergraduates
$9,360 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
$13,744 for first-year students
$13,221 for full-time undergraduates
$7,478 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$3,411 for first-year students
$4,178 for full-time undergraduates
$3,866 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$2,944 for first-year students
$3,951 for full-time undergraduates
$3,734 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
22% of first-year students
16% of full-time undergraduates
16% of part-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
$13,410 for first-year students
$14,159 for full-time undergraduates
$13,122 for part-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes
Percent of students who received aid that participated in Federal Work Study: 11%

Types of loans available:
  • FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • State Loans
Parent loans packaged to meet need: no
Percent of undergraduates who have borrowed through all loan programs: 86%
Average student debt upon graduation: $34,862
Types of payment plans:
  • school's own payment plan(s)
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
  • special characteristics
  • ROTC scholarships
Percent of scholarship aid awarded to out-of-state students: 0%

Total undergraduates: 1,817 men, 386 women, 2,203 total
Full-time undergraduates: 1,588 men, 341 women, 1,929 total
Part-time undergraduates: 229 men, 45 women, 274 total
Total graduate students: 174 men, 50 women, 224 total
Full-time graduate students: 19 men, 12 women, 31 total
Part-time graduate students: 155 men, 38 women, 193 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 20
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 25%
First-year student breakdown:
2.6% Black (non-Hispanic)
0.4% American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian or Pacific Islander
3.0% Hispanic
88.4% White (non-Hispanic)
0.7% total international (nonresident aliens)
2.6% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown
Undergraduate breakdown:
3.0% Black (non-Hispanic)
0.7% American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.8% Asian or Pacific Islander
2.6% Hispanic
80.3% White (non-Hispanic)
2.3% total international (nonresident aliens)
8.2% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown

Campus size: 15 acres
City or town school is located in: Milwaukee
Population of city/town: 575,000
Nearest major city: Milwaukee
Population of nearest major city: 1,600,000
Online campus map:

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms (99%)
  • special housing for disabled students (1%)
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 81%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 44%
Percent of students who live off campus: 56%
Percent of all students who have cars on campus: 61%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: yes

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: yes
Every student is required to take a computer course: yes
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s), student center
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 250
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
Museum, applied technology center, design labs.

Remedial learning services:
reading, writing, math, study skills, Learning Resource Center, Student Support Services
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, women's center, health insurance, Student Wellness Program
Counseling services:
minority student, military, veteran student, older student, career, personal, academic, psychological
Career placement services:
internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities:
note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, special transportation, special housing, adaptive equipment, braille services
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: 95%

Number of social fraternities on campus: 2
Percent of men who join fraternities: 3%
Number of social sororities on campus: 2
Percent of women who join sororities: 5%
Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, radio station
School newspaper(s): Ingenium (monthly)
Total number of registered organizations: 72
Campus-based religious organizations:
Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Students Association, Collegiate Ministries, Hillel, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Rejoyce in Jesus Campus Fellowship
Minority student organizations:
Asian Student Association, National Society of Black Engineers, International Student Association, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
Greek Council, Aquarist Club, Cigar and Pipe Social Club, College Republicans, Ecology Club, Fish and Outdoors Club, Liberal Students Organization, MAGE, Microsoft User Group, Milwaukee FIRST Support Organization, Paranormal Club, Residence Halls Association, Slackers and Procrastinators Anonymous, Society of Model Engineers, Society of Reasonable Doubt, Straight and Gay Alliance, Students Nepenthean Association of Pool, Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Troupe, American Institute of Constructors, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refirgerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Student Government Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Societies, Architectural Engineering Institute, Association General Contractors, Biomedical Engineering Society, Emerging Green Builders, Illuminating Engineering Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Student Union Board, MSOE Business Leaders Association, National Electrical Contractors Association of America, Society of Automotive Engineers, Student Nurses Association, Technical Communication Student Organization, Society of Women Engineers, Circle K, Engineers Without Borders, Arnold Air Society, Aero Club, Amateur Radio Club

School has an athletic program: yes
Athletic director: Daniel I. Harris,
Director of Athletics
Director of women's athletics: Jessica Ott
School colors: red and white
School mascot: Raiders
Athletic conference memberships: Northern Athletic Conference (Division III)

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballnoNCAA Div. III
Men's basketballnoNCAA Div. III
Men's cheerleadingnoNCAA Div. III
Men's crewnoNCAA Div. III
Men's cross-countrynoNCAA Div. III
Men's golfnoNCAA Div. III
Men's ice hockeynoNCAA Div. III
Men's soccernoNCAA Div. III
Men's tennisnoNCAA Div. III
Men's track and field (indoor)noNCAA Div. III
Men's track and field (outdoor)noNCAA Div. III
Men's volleyballnoNCAA Div. III
Men's wrestlingnoNCAA Div. III
Women's basketballnoNCAA Div. III
Women's cheerleadingnoNCAA Div. III
Women's cross-countrynoNCAA Div. III
Women's golfnoNCAA Div. III
Women's soccernoNCAA Div. III
Women's softballnoNCAA Div. III
Women's tennisnoNCAA Div. III
Women's track and field (indoor)noNCAA Div. III
Women's track and field (outdoor)noNCAA Div. III
Women's volleyballnoNCAA Div. III

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 20%
Percent of students in intramural/recreational sports: 50%
Athletic facilities:
centers, and fields
Intramural/Recreational sports:
basketball, broomball, dodgeball, flag football, floor hockey, ice hockey, kickball, soccer, softball, volleyball
Club sports for men:
bowling, fencing, lacrosse, rugby, tae kwon do, ultimate Frisbee, weight lifting
Club sports for women:

Public transportation serves campus: yes
Nearest international airport: Milwaukee (6 miles)
Nearest other airport: Chicago (90 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: Milwaukee (1 mile)
Nearest passenger bus service: Milwaukee (1 mile)

Institutional employment is available: yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus: 12%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: excellent
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 5% immediately, 17% within one year of graduation
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
California Institute of Technology (CA);Illinois Institute of Technology (IL);Iowa State University (IA);Lehigh University (PA);Marquette University (WI);Milwaukee School of Engineering (WI);Ohio State University--Columbus (OH);Purdue University--West Lafayette (IN);University of California--San Diego (CA);University of Connecticut (CT);University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (MN);University of Tennessee (TN);University of Wisconsin--Madison (WI);University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee (WI);University of Wisconsin--Whitewater (WI);Washington State University (WA)
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 98% within six months of graduation, 99% within one year of graduation, 100% within two years of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Accenture, Cooper Power Systems, Daimler Chrysler, Dell Computers, Direct Supply, Ernst and Young, LLP, Froedtert Memorial Hospital, General Electric, Generac, Georgia Pacific Corportation, Greenheck Fan, Astronautics, Harley-Davidson, IBM, Intel Corporation, John Deere, Johnson Controls, Ladish Company, Manpower, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Northwestern Mutual, AT&T, New York University Medical Center, Oshkosh Truck, Plexus, Rexnord, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, SunSources, Teradyne, Underwriters Laboratories, WE Energies, Aurora Medical Center, , Boeing, Bucyrus , Carrier Corporation, Caterpillar, Children's Hospital
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Dwight D. Dierks '90, VP of Software Engineering, NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif. Michael J. Barber '82, VP of Technology Diagonstic Imaging, and Chief Technology Officer, GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, Wis.

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2006 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 319
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 229 (72%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 174 (76%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers: 24%

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, winter, spring, summer
Minimum number of credits applicant needs to apply as a transfer student: 0
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript recommended of some
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement not required
  • interview recommended of some
  • standardized test scores recommended of some
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) not required
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.50 using a 4.0 scale
Closing date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for winter, rolling for spring, rolling for summer
Notification date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for winter, rolling for spring, rolling for summer
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: C
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred: 100 credits from a two-year institution, 100 credits from a four-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school: 100 to receive a bachelor's degree
Other/Unique transfer policies: Does not require SAT/ACT scores if they have been out of high school two years or more, or if they have accumulated 24 semester/36 quarter college credits or more.

International student contact: Ms. Sarah Smirl,
Assistant Director of International Admission
Contacting the office: 800 332-6763

Number of foreign countries represented: 14
Most represented countries: Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, South Korea, Czech Republic

Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: no
A separate international application form is required: yes
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: no
Test requirements: TOEFL required, SAT I or ACT considered if submitted
Minimum SAT I score: 940 combined
Minimum ACT score: 20 composite
Test preference: ACT
Minimum TOEFL score: 550 paper, 213 computer
Special services offered for international applicants: English lab, special counselors/advisors, ESL program/classes, special orientation

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: yes
Number of international applicants who received aid: 10


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
Foreign Student's Certification of FinancesN/AnoN/A

Learning disabled program contact: Ms. Amy Chisnell,
Coordinator of Services for Students w/Disabilitie
Contacting the office: 414 277-7281

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes
Learning disabled program available: support services but no program
Total number of students in LD program: 51
Services available to LD students:
note-taking services, oral tests, readers, tutors, talking books, reading machines, tape recorders, untimed tests, learning center, extended time for tests
LD students are tutored: individually
A lighter course load is allowed for LD students: yes
Additional time to complete degree is allowed for LD students: yes
There are additional costs for LD students: no

Requirements for LD applicants: diagnostic test(s)
An essay is required: no
Untimed tests are accepted: yes
GED is accepted: yes


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