Best Associate Programs in Wisconsin

In many cases, students begin their four-year degree paths with an associate degree. In addition, some people find that having an associate degree helps them advance in their careers. Associate degrees are typically much less expensive than four-year degrees in Wisconsin. Graduating takes two years or less as well.

In Wisconsin, people with associate degrees often make more money than those with just a high school diploma. A median annual salary of $45,000, or $21.63 per hour, is earned by the 2,754,870 workers in the state. Wisconsin’s lowest earners bring home $23,390, while its highest earners make $94,850.

Use the ranking below to help you navigate Wisconsin’s best associate degree schools. It should help you make an informed decision about which program is right for you.

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    #1

    Maranatha Baptist University

    Watertown, WI

    Graduation Rate

    55%

    Enrollment

    985

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16660

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16660

    A private institution located in Watertown, Wisconsin, Maranatha Baptist University offers a variety of programs. The school's programs help graduates launch or advance professional careers. Learners benefit from the school's academic rigor and affordable tuition rate. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, enrollees complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Maranatha Baptist University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #2

    Herzing University-Brookfield

    Brookfield, WI

    Graduation Rate

    47%

    Enrollment

    559

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14200

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14200

    From its campus in Wisconsin, Herzing University-Brookfield enrolls students in 38 programs. Learners benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The student-to-faculty ratio is currently unavailable. Information on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. The school reports a 47% graduation rate. Students should explore how workplace experience makes them more competitive employee candidates. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Some students qualify for test-optional admissions. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #3

    Concordia University-Wisconsin

    Mequon, WI

    Graduation Rate

    64%

    Enrollment

    5,777

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $30352

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $30352

    From its campus in Mequon, Wisconsin, Concordia University-Wisconsin enrolls students in 130 programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer students a challenging course of study. The student-to-instructor ratio is unavailable. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Students earn their degree from the school at a rate of 64%. Graduates often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive candidates on the job market. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #4

    Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

    Fennimore, WI

    Graduation Rate

    62%

    Enrollment

    2,640

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4433

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6481

    Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, a public institution in Fennimore, Wisconsin, enrolls learners in multiple programs. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing degree- or certificate-specific coursework. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. This makes it easier to enroll. The school supports enrollees with tutoring and career services. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #5

    Moraine Park Technical College

    Fond du Lac, WI

    Graduation Rate

    57%

    Enrollment

    4,061

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4440

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5885

    A public institution located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Moraine Park Technical College enrolls students in several programs. Students complete programs that prepare them for careers and professional advancement. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Students can enroll in nationally ranked programs. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Depending on their major, learners complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Moraine Park Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #6

    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

    Whitewater, WI

    Graduation Rate

    62%

    Enrollment

    12,452

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7695

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16416

    From its campus in Whitewater, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. Learners study with experts in many different fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The public school reports a graduation rate of 62%. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #7

    College of Menominee Nation

    Keshena, WI

    Graduation Rate

    27%

    Enrollment

    191

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6200

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6200

    Located in Keshena, Wisconsin, College of Menominee Nation educates students as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares students for advancement in their field. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. These policies make it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. College of Menominee Nation has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #8

    Fox Valley Technical College

    Appleton, WI

    Graduation Rate

    55%

    Enrollment

    12,239

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4640

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6688

    Fox Valley Technical College enrolls learners from its Appleton, Wisconsin campus. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for learners with a variety of professional goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. Admission advisors can help applicants complete the process. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Fox Valley Technical College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #9

    Herzing University-Kenosha

    Kenosha, WI

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    594

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14200

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14200

    Located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Herzing University-Kenosha operates as a private institution. Learners take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school's academic and technical programs prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The private institution reports a graduation rate of 35%. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #10

    Viterbo University

    La Crosse, WI

    Graduation Rate

    54%

    Enrollment

    2,592

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $28650

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $28650

    From its campus in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Viterbo University offers programs as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their professional goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares learners for a career in their field. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #11

    Waukesha County Technical College

    Pewaukee, WI

    Graduation Rate

    44%

    Enrollment

    7,467

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4516

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6610

    Waukesha County Technical College offers programs from its campus in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help students meet their professional goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. The admissions department can help prospective students complete their application. At the accredited institution, degree-seekers also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Waukesha County Technical College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #12

    Alverno College

    Milwaukee, WI

    Graduation Rate

    49%

    Enrollment

    1,744

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $29456

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $29456

    From its campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Alverno College grants college degrees as a private institution. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to build industry-specific knowledge. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Alverno College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #13

    Nicolet Area Technical College

    Rhinelander, WI

    Graduation Rate

    46%

    Enrollment

    1,258

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4440

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6660

    A public institution in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Nicolet Area Technical College offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Learners study with experts in many different fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Students can fund their education with financial aid such as federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 46%. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. Nicolet Area Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #14

    Western Technical College

    La Crosse, WI

    Graduation Rate

    48%

    Enrollment

    4,165

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4440

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6488

    Western Technical College, which is often listed among the best schools, operates from its main campus in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can provide more information on the process. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. Western Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #15

    Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

    Shell Lake, WI

    Graduation Rate

    46%

    Enrollment

    2,966

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4704

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6888

    From its campus in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College enrolls students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing the program's coursework. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The cost per credit is unknown. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #16

    Chippewa Valley Technical College

    Eau Claire, WI

    Graduation Rate

    45%

    Enrollment

    7,924

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4433

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6481

    Located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Chippewa Valley Technical College enrolls students as a public institution. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The public school reports a graduation rate of 45%. The school's admission rate is unavailable. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements. Chippewa Valley Technical College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #17

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

    Green Bay, WI

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    11,225

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4577

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6625

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, which is often listed among the best schools, operates from its main campus in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the programs help students reach a variety of career goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help students apply to the school. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #18

    Madison Area Technical College

    Madison, WI

    Graduation Rate

    22%

    Enrollment

    14,526

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4482

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6622

    From its campus in Madison, Wisconsin, Madison Area Technical College enrolls learners in 169 programs. Students benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-faculty ratio is unavailable. Information on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. The public school reports a graduation rate of 22%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling.

    #19

    Lakeshore Technical College

    Cleveland, WI

    Graduation Rate

    46%

    Enrollment

    2,660

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4341

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6389

    From its campus in Cleveland, Wisconsin, Lakeshore Technical College grants degrees and certificates as a top school. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Academic and technical programs help students reach their professional goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides more information about the application process. Financial aid helps enrollees cover their educational expenses. Lakeshore Technical College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #20

    Northcentral Technical College

    Wausau, WI

    Graduation Rate

    30%

    Enrollment

    6,177

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3609

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5247

    From its Wisconsin campus, Northcentral Technical College offers 131 academic programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. Information on the student-to-instructor ratio is unavailable. How much aid students receive on average is not currently known. Students earn their degree from the school at a rate of 30%. The institution understands that hands-on experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements.

    #21

    Rasmussen College-Wisconsin

    Green Bay, WI

    Graduation Rate

    27%

    Enrollment

    677

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10935

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10935

    From its campus in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Rasmussen College-Wisconsin enrolls learners in 66 programs. The institution's many rigorous academic programs rank among the best in the nation. The student-to-instructor ratio is currently unavailable. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. The private school reports a 27% graduation rate. Students should explore how workplace experience makes them more competitive employee candidates. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements.

    #22

    Gateway Technical College

    Kenosha, WI

    Graduation Rate

    30%

    Enrollment

    10,050

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4527

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6575

    From its Kenosha, Wisconsin campus, Gateway Technical College enrolls learners in 123 programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer students a challenging course of study. The student-to-instructor ratio is unknown. How much aid students receive on average is not currently known. The school reports a graduation rate of 30%. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers stand out. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #23

    Lakeland University

    Plymouth, WI

    Graduation Rate

    48%

    Enrollment

    2,511

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $29880

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $29880

    Lakeland University, located in Plymouth, Wisconsin, enrolls students as a private institution. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. Students who complete an academic or technical program often enter the workforce right away. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The private institution reports a 48% graduation rate. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. Lakeland University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #24

    Blackhawk Technical College

    Janesville, WI

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    2,257

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4440

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6797

    A public institution, Blackhawk Technical College grants degrees and certificates from its campus in Janesville, Wisconsin. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter the workforce. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 43%. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. Blackhawk Technical College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #25

    Cardinal Stritch University

    Milwaukee, WI

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    1,896

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $31798

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $31798

    Cardinal Stritch University, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, offers 63 programs for students. Degree-seekers enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. Information on the average student-to-teacher ratio is unavailable. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 50%. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #26

    Milwaukee Area Technical College

    Milwaukee, WI

    Graduation Rate

    16%

    Enrollment

    14,482

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4658

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6706

    Milwaukee Area Technical College offers programs from its campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help learners meet a variety of professional goals. Enrollees earn their degree or certificate in as little time as a few months or as much time as seven years depending on program type and enrollment status. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. Admission advisors can provide more information on the application process. Financial aid helps degree-seekers pay for their education. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #27

    Mid-State Technical College

    Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Graduation Rate

    26%

    Enrollment

    2,806

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4561

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6609

    From its campus in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Mid-State Technical College awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution reports a 26% graduation rate. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. Mid-State Technical College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #28

    Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College

    Hayward, WI

    Graduation Rate

    8%

    Enrollment

    339

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4590

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4590

    From its campus in Hayward, Wisconsin, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College enrolls students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their professional goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to gain relevant knowledge and skills. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. Test-optional policies make it easier to enroll. The school provides support such as tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #29

    Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa

    Wauwatosa, WI

    Graduation Rate

    9%

    Enrollment

    1,416

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $18398

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18398

    Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa, located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, enrolls students as a private institution. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. At the accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The school reports a 9% graduation rate. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling. Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #30

    Herzing University-Madison

    Madison, WI

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    2,174

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14200

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14200

    Herzing University-Madison is a private institution located in Madison, Wisconsin. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. The school's academic and technical programs prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. Students can expect to spend around 575 per credit at the school. At the accredited institution, students qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The private institution reports a graduation rate of 28%. The admission rate is unknown at this time. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates. Herzing University-Madison has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.