What types of public higher education institutions are available?

When making plans for your education, it is helpful to understand the differences among the multiple types of public institutions in Wisconsin.

What is a technical college?

A technical college offers programs that train students for a variety of technical career paths such as nursing, law enforcement, graphic design, or diesel mechanic, to name just a few. The programs can confer short-term certificates, one-and two-year technical diplomas, and applied associate degrees. Some technical colleges also offer a liberal arts transfer degree that confers an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree. The Wisconsin Technical College System runs technical colleges in Wisconsin

What is a university?

A university grants academic degrees in a variety of disciplines and fields. Usually a university offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and professional degrees The University of Wisconsin System includes public universities located across the state.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning offers an alternative to the traditional on-campus classroom experience. Programs are designed to allow students to complete certificate, associate, bachelor, or graduate degrees through an online format. University of Wisconsin institutions offer many distance learning opportunities, as does the Wisconsin Technical College System.