Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is a private medical school, pharmacy school, and graduate school of sciences in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[3] The school was established in 1893 and is the largest research center in eastern Wisconsin.[2] It is associated with Froedtert Hospital as well as Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and houses the Center for Infectious Disease Research[4] There are two additional campuses, one in Green Bay and one in Wausau.

Medical College of Wisconsin
MottoKnowledge changing life
TypePrivate research university
Established1893; 131 years ago (1893)
Endowment$1.64 billion (2023)[1]
PresidentJohn R. Raymond
Location, ,
United States

43°2′41″N 88°1′21″W / 43.04472°N 88.02250°W / 43.04472; -88.02250

MCW is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) and by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).[2] It is the only private medical school in Wisconsin, and one of only two medical schools in Wisconsin, along with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.[5]



The Medical College began to be realized with the founding of the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1893 and of Milwaukee Medical College in 1894.[2][6] In 1906, Marquette College (now Marquette University), merged with the nearby Milwaukee Medical College. On May 14, 1907, Milwaukee Medical College became the Medical Department of the newly chartered Marquette University.[7]

In 1913, in response to the standards introduced by the Flexner Report, Marquette University purchased the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons, thereby creating a separate institution, the Marquette University School of Medicine.[5]

During World War II, the school developed close ties with the local Veterans Health Administration hospital in Milwaukee.

In the 1950s, local philanthropist Kurtis Froedtert, bequeathed much of his estate to the establishment of a teaching hospital, which became today's Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital.[5][8][9] Opened 44 years ago in 1980,[10] Froedtert Hospital is adjacent to MCW and is one of the three major affiliated health care centers where MCW students, residents and physicians practice.[2]

On September 30, 1967, Marquette University terminated its relationship with the medical school because of financial difficulties,[11][12] and the school continued as a private school.[13][14][15] It changed its name to the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1970.[16]

Some of the Medical College of Wisconsin's main buildings including the Health Research Center (front center), Medical Education Building (center back), and Hub for Collaborative Medicine (left)

MCW has more than 16,000 alumni, all of whom are represented by the Medical College of Wisconsin-Marquette Medical Alumni Association.[5]



There are more than 1,200 students enrolled in education programs at the Medical College of Wisconsin. This consists of about 817 medical students and 400 graduate students. An additional 670 physicians in residency and 180 physicians in fellowship training work with the college's affiliated hospitals throughout the state. About 160 scientists conduct postdoctoral research with MCW.[2]

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert, two teaching hospitals affiliated with MCW

MCW opened a new campus in Green Bay in July 2015 that provides a focused, three-year curriculum for students seeking careers in primary care, general surgery, or psychiatry. The college subsequently opened the Central Wisconsin campus, located in Wausau, in July 2016.[2]

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, one of the school's research facilities

MCW grants M.D., Pharm.D., Ph.D, M.S., M.P.H., M.A., Master of Science in Anesthesia and combination degrees. Through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), students may enter a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program.[17]

Joint degree programs with other institutions are offered in: bioinformatics (MS) and healthcare technologies management (MS) with Marquette University, and medical informatics (MS) with the Milwaukee School of Engineering. In addition, Graduate Certificate programs are offered in Clinical Bioethics, Public Health, Research Ethics, and a joint Bioethics Certificate with the American Medical Association.[17] Residency training is offered in nearly 30 medical specialties and subspecialties.[18]



The Medical College of Wisconsin uses a holistic approach to admissions. Student selection is based on a careful analysis of their suitability for the medical profession. Academic achievement, MCAT scores, and Casper score are evaluated. Subjective factors include applicant's personal statement, essays, experiences, recommendations, and interviews. The average MCAT score and undergraduate GPA for the entering class of 2021 were 511 and 3.75, respectively.[19] About 58% of the incoming class was female.[19]



MCW is the largest research center in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and the second-largest in Wisconsin.[2] $300 million was invested in research, teaching, training and related purposes in fiscal year FY20 (7/1/19 - 6/30/2020). During this timeframe, the institution ranked in the top third of all US medical schools in NIH research support.

Notable alumni



  1. ^ As of June 30, 2023.Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Endowment Market Value of U.S. and Canadian Higher Education Institutions and Affiliated Foundations That Participated in the 2023 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments, and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY22 to FY23 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 15, 2024. Retrieved February 15, 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Facts about MCW". Medical College of Wisconsin. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Milwaukee Campus". Medical College of Wisconsin. Medical College of Wisconsin. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR) - Facilities - BSL3 and ABSL3 Facilities". Medical College of Wisconsin. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "History of MCW". Medical College of Wisconsin. Archived from the original on June 2, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  6. ^ An Anchor For The Future: A History of the Medical College of Wisconsin. 1991, The Medical College of Wisconsin., pp. 1,7.
  7. ^ An Anchor For The Future: A History of the Medical College of Wisconsin., p.8.
  8. ^ "Lutheran medical school is proposed". Milwaukee Journal. January 10, 1962. p. 1, part 2.
  9. ^ Spaulding, James (September 4, 1968). "Froedtert Hospital to be part of center". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, part 1.
  10. ^ Patrinos, Dan (May 13, 1980). "Froedtert Hospital opening set". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 5.
  11. ^ "UWM keeps medical school goal". Milwaukee Sentinel. October 2, 1967. p. 5, part 1.
  12. ^ "Knowles urges aid for medical school". Milwaukee Journal. February 13, 1968. p. 1, part 1.
  13. ^ "Marquette medical school insists on private control". Milwaukee Sentinel. June 26, 1968. p. 8. part 1.
  14. ^ Shively, Neil H. (November 28, 1968). "MU school fund bid gets powerful ally". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 1.
  15. ^ "Medical school here in danger of closing". Milwaukee Journal. July 14, 1969. p. 1, part 1.
  16. ^ Spaulding, James (September 22, 1970). "School of Medicine drops 'Marquette'". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, part 1.
  17. ^ a b "Programs & Degrees". Medical College of Wisconsin. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Residency Programs". Medical College of Wisconsin. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  19. ^ a b "Medical School Admissions Requirements". American Association of Medical Colleges. Retrieved 7 March 2021.