The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is the top public institution in the state for best value, according to the 2020 Payscale ratings.
Payscale studied the total four-year tuition, graduation rate, number of years to graduate, average loan amount and 20-year return on investment. UW-Platteville came out ahead of the entire state in 20-year return on investment and finished second to Milwaukee School of Engineering in the overall value rankings.
“In the category of public colleges, a good bet is the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus,” Payscale said. “Of course, Platteville isn’t the only campus of the University of Wisconsin, but it is usually the campus with the highest ROI.”
Among the schools ranked in the top 10, UW-Platteville had the lowest four-year tuition and student loan amounts.
“We are proud to be recognized for continuing our mission of providing a high-quality education that is affordable and accessible,” Chancellor Dennis J. Shields said. “Because of our hands-on approach, our graduates leave UW-Platteville ready for the workforce and are able to contribute immediately in important career positions. I am also proud of the tremendous efforts our faculty, staff and students have done during the COVID-19 to keep that high-quality education continuing. It goes to show that it is the people who make UW-Platteville such a special place."
The Payscale rankings can be found at https://www.payscale.com/college-roi/state/Wisconsin.
Founded in 1866, UW-Platteville offers 41 majors in three colleges: the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and the College of Liberal Arts and Education. The university offers two on-campus graduate programs. Online offerings include four undergraduate and 10 graduate programs. In addition, the university has branch campuses at UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County and UW-Platteville Richland.
The university has two upcoming building projects that will further enhance educational experiences for its students. Science building Boebel Hall is in the midst of a $23.7 million renovation, and a new $55 million engineering building, Sesquicentennial Hall, will break ground in the latter part of 2020.