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

    56%

    Enrollment

    916

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16400

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16400

    Maranatha Baptist University grants degrees as a private institution from its location in Watertown, Wisconsin. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or a bachelor's degree. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Students can fund their education with financial aid such as federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The institution reports that 98% of students receive financial aid and 32% take out loans. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 56%. The admission rate is 80% for incoming students. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. Maranatha Baptist University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #2

    Herzing University-Brookfield

    Brookfield, WI

    Graduation Rate

    73%

    Enrollment

    498

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13320

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13320

    From its campus in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Herzing University-Brookfield offers multiple programs as a private institution. The school offers accredited programs that prepare learners for the workforce. Learners benefit from the school's academic rigor and affordable tuition rate. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners at the school choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, enrollees complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Herzing University-Brookfield holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #3

    Concordia University-Wisconsin

    Mequon, WI

    Graduation Rate

    61%

    Enrollment

    5,492

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $30890

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $30890

    Concordia University-Wisconsin, which enrolls students in programs from its Mequon, Wisconsin campus. The institution enrolls students across a variety of programs. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Students typically complete an associate degree in two years, a bachelor's degree in four years, a master's degree in two, and a doctoral degree in 3-7 years. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. The admissions department can help students apply to the school. At the accredited institution, students also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Concordia University-Wisconsin holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #4

    Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

    Fennimore, WI

    Graduation Rate

    55%

    Enrollment

    2,581

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6251

    Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, located in Fennimore, Wisconsin, often ranks as one of the best schools. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students 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. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. Students also use financial aid to pay for their college degree or certificate. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #5

    Moraine Park Technical College

    Fond du Lac, WI

    Graduation Rate

    54%

    Enrollment

    2,654

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6143

    Moraine Park Technical College, located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, grants degrees and certificates as a public institution. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. At the accredited institution, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The institution reports that 69% of learners receive financial aid, while 37% take out loans. The school reports a 54% graduation rate. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling. Moraine Park Technical College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #6

    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

    Whitewater, WI

    Graduation Rate

    62%

    Enrollment

    11,989

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6519

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15391

    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a public institution located in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. A total of 80% of students receive financial aid and 52% take out loans at the institution. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 62%. The admission rate is 80% for incoming students. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #7

    College of Menominee Nation

    Keshena, WI

    Graduation Rate

    13%

    Enrollment

    173

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6000

    A private institution located in Keshena, Wisconsin, College of Menominee Nation enrolls learners in multiple programs. The school offers programs that prepare learners for the workforce. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Based on their major, students take essential courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #8

    Fox Valley Technical College

    Appleton, WI

    Graduation Rate

    55%

    Enrollment

    11,711

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6251

    Fox Valley Technical College, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, enrolls students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. Students gain knowledge and skill specific to their field by completing their program's coursework requirements. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. The cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs. Fox Valley Technical College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #9

    Herzing University-Kenosha

    Kenosha, WI

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    679

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13320

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13320

    From its campus in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Herzing University-Kenosha offers academic programs as a private institution. The school's accredited programs prepare learners for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school offers nationally ranked programs in diverse fields. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Herzing University-Kenosha is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #10

    Viterbo University

    La Crosse, WI

    Graduation Rate

    64%

    Enrollment

    2,516

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $28660

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $28660

    From its La Crosse, Wisconsin campus, Viterbo University offers 86 program options for students. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The school holds a student-to-faculty ratio of 12-to-1. A total of 100% of students receive some form of financial aid. The private institution reports a graduation rate of 64%. Hands-on experience helps graduates stand out on the job market. Degree-seekers benefit from internships, research opportunities, and other forms of service learning. Prospective learners can expect admission rates of 79%. Some students qualify for test-optional admissions.

    #11

    Waukesha County Technical College

    Pewaukee, WI

    Graduation Rate

    40%

    Enrollment

    6,952

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6251

    Waukesha County Technical College, which operates a campus in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, often ranks as a top school. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique professional goals. Depending on the degree or certificate type, enrollees can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years completing a program. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. Financial aid provides options for degree-seekers to pay for their education. Waukesha County Technical College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #12

    Alverno College

    Milwaukee, WI

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    1,876

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $29808

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $29808

    Alverno College, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, offers 103 programs for degree-seekers. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The school reports a student-to-faculty ratio of 10-to-1. At the institution, 100% of the students receive some form of financial aid. The private school reports a 43% graduation rate. Hands-on experience helps graduates stand out on the job market. The school offers experiential learning in the form of internships, research opportunities, and practicums. The school reports an 78% admission rate. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores.

    #13

    Nicolet Area Technical College

    Rhinelander, WI

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    1,236

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6250

    Located in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Nicolet Area Technical College awards degrees and certificates as a public institution. Learners take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, enrollees qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. At the institution, 89% of students receive aid and 20% receive loans. The institution reports a graduation rate of 50%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. Nicolet Area Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #14

    Western Technical College

    La Crosse, WI

    Graduation Rate

    49%

    Enrollment

    4,240

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4162

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6246

    Western Technical College, which is often listed among the best schools, operates from its main campus in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. The admissions department provides additional resources on submitting an application. At the accredited institution, learners also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #15

    Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

    Shell Lake, WI

    Graduation Rate

    63%

    Enrollment

    2,818

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4500

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6667

    A public institution located in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College enrolls students in several programs. The school offers programs that prepare graduates for careers and professional advancement. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Students receive an average aid award of $4964, lowering the average tuition cost after aid to $9803. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the institution. Depending on their program, enrollees complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #16

    Chippewa Valley Technical College

    Eau Claire, WI

    Graduation Rate

    47%

    Enrollment

    7,367

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6251

    Located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Chippewa Valley Technical College attracts students with their well-regarded programs. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. The programs offer academic and technical tracks to help students meet their career 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. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help students complete the process. At the accredited institution, degree-seekers also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Chippewa Valley Technical College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #17

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

    Green Bay, WI

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    10,763

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6251

    From its campus in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College enrolls students as a public institution. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. Students who complete an academic or technical program often enter the workforce right away. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. At the institution, 70% of students receive financial aid and 18% take out loans. Bachelor's students graduate from the school at a rate of 43%. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective applicants can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #18

    Madison Area Technical College

    Madison, WI

    Graduation Rate

    24%

    Enrollment

    13,057

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6305

    A public institution, Madison Area Technical College grants degrees from its campus in Madison, Wisconsin. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to gain relevant knowledge and skills. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. This makes it easier to enroll. The school provides support such as tutoring and career services. The school's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Madison Area Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #19

    Lakeshore Technical College

    Cleveland, WI

    Graduation Rate

    51%

    Enrollment

    2,420

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3961

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5941

    Located in Cleveland, Wisconsin, Lakeshore Technical College enrolls students as a public institution. The school's academic and technical programs help learners reach a variety of professional goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares learners for a career in their field. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. This makes it easier to enroll. The school provides support such as tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. Lakeshore Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #20

    Northcentral Technical College

    Wausau, WI

    Graduation Rate

    36%

    Enrollment

    5,939

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3334

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5000

    A public institution located in Wausau, Wisconsin, Northcentral Technical College offers a variety of programs. Students complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school offers nationally ranked programs in diverse fields. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Students receive an average aid award of $4740, making the average tuition cost after aid $10011. Learners at the school choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, learners complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Northcentral Technical College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #21

    Rasmussen University-Wisconsin

    Green Bay, WI

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    643

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10934

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10934

    Rasmussen University-Wisconsin enrolls students at its Green Bay, Wisconsin campus as a private institution. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter the workforce. The cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution reports that 94% of learners receive financial aid, while 85% take out loans. 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. Rasmussen University-Wisconsin holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #22

    Gateway Technical College

    Kenosha, WI

    Graduation Rate

    32%

    Enrollment

    7,839

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6251

    A public institution located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Gateway Technical College offers a variety of programs. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. The institution offers an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Students receive $5703 in aid on average, lowering the average tuition cost after aid to $7755. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #23

    Lakeland University

    Plymouth, WI

    Graduation Rate

    46%

    Enrollment

    2,753

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $29433

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $29433

    From its campus in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Lakeland University grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their professional goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing the program's coursework. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Test-optional policies make it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs. Lakeland University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #24

    Blackhawk Technical College

    Janesville, WI

    Graduation Rate

    33%

    Enrollment

    2,232

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6250

    Located in Janesville, Wisconsin, Blackhawk Technical College enrolls students as a public institution. The college offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares students for advancement in their field. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The school supports enrollees with tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Learners at the accredited school can pay for their educational costs with federal student aid programs. Blackhawk Technical College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #25

    Cardinal Stritch University

    Milwaukee, WI

    Graduation Rate

    53%

    Enrollment

    1,646

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $33070

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33070

    From its campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cardinal Stritch University grants degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps students reach their professional goals. The institution's bachelor's programs incorporate lower-division and upper-division requirements. Enrollees also complete general education credits. In upper-division classes, degree-seekers learn advanced concepts in their major. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. At the accredited institution, learners qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #26

    Milwaukee Area Technical College

    Milwaukee, WI

    Graduation Rate

    16%

    Enrollment

    12,618

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4167

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6251

    Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Technical College grants degrees as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. Students gain knowledge and skill specific to their field by completing their program's coursework requirements. Some programs may operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The school provides support such as tutoring and career services. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school often fund their education with federal aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Milwaukee Area Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #27

    Mid-State Technical College

    Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Graduation Rate

    39%

    Enrollment

    2,648

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3963

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5944

    From its campus in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Mid-State Technical College enrolls learners in 103 programs. Students benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The school boasts a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. According to the institution, 78% of students receive some form of financial aid. The school reports a 39% graduation rate for its programs. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Prospective students can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #28

    Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College

    Hayward, WI

    Graduation Rate

    7%

    Enrollment

    278

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4560

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4560

    Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College grants degrees as a public institution from its location in Hayward, Wisconsin. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. Students who complete an academic or technical program enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor's degree. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. At the institution, 81% of students receive aid and 0% receive loans. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 7%. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #29

    Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa

    Wauwatosa, WI

    Graduation Rate

    8%

    Enrollment

    1,453

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $18503

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18503

    From its campus in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa enrolls students in 42 programs. The institution's many rigorous academic programs rank among the best in the nation. The school reports a 18-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school reports that 93% of students take advantage of financial aid. The private school reports a 8% graduation rate. Graduates often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive candidates on the job market. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling.

    #30

    Herzing University-Madison

    Madison, WI

    Graduation Rate

    42%

    Enrollment

    2,392

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $13320

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13320

    From its campus in Madison, Wisconsin, Herzing University-Madison offers programs as a private institution. The school's academic and technical programs help learners reach a variety of professional goals. Students prepare to contribute to their field by completing courses. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The school supports enrollees with tutoring and career services. Students can expect to pay around 568 per credit while earning a degree or certificate. Learners attending the accredited school also qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Herzing University-Madison is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.