The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (also known as UW–Milwaukee, UWM or Milwaukee) is a coed public research university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
UWM is one of two public doctoral research universities in the state, offering almost 31,000 students a comprehensive liberal arts and professional education through 180 majors and degree programs. It is home to the only graduate School of Freshwater Science in the U.S. and the largest schools of architecture, nursing, and health sciences in Wisconsin. The university is categorized as an High Research University in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UWM consists of 14 schools and colleges (see list below), and 70 academic centers, institutes, and laboratory facilities.
Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan.
Once known almost exclusively as a brewing and manufacturing powerhouse, Milwaukee’s image has changed with the decline of industry. Nevertheless, the past decade has seen major new additions to the city, including the Milwaukee Riverwalk, the Frontier Airlines Center, Miller Park, and Pier Wisconsin, as well as major renovations to the U.S. Cellular Arena. Milwaukee is also home to a wide variety of museums: the Grohmann Museum, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (home to the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work), the Milwaukee Art Museum (perhaps Milwaukee’s most visually prominent cultural attraction; especially its $100 million wing designed by Santiago Calatrava), and the Milwaukee Public Museum which, at over over 150,000 square feet, has been Milwaukee’s primary natural history and human history museum for 125 years.
While Milwaukee had been previously marketed as “A Genuine American City” as well as “A Great Place on a Great Lake,” it has earned the nickname, the “City of Festivals.” The city hosts the Wisconsin State Fair, as well as an annual lakefront fair called Summerfest. At one point the largest music festival in the world, Summerfest has continiously attracted upwards of 840,000 visitors each year to its eleven stages.
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