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UWPlatteville student ROI tops UW System
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A human resources consulting firm ranks UW–Platteville at the top of UW System schools and in the top 10 percent nationally in salary return on tuition investment.

According to PayScale’s 2014 findings, UW–Platteville ranks first in annual return on investment at 11.2 percent for in-state students and fourth at 9.1 percent for out-of-state students, compared with other public and private institutions in Wisconsin.

Additionally, UW–Platteville ranks second as far as 20-year return on investment for in-state students and third for out-of-state students.

The PayScale report compares median pay for a bachelor’s degree graduate from an institution minus median pay for a high school graduate, minus the institution’s four-year tuition cost.

UW–Platteville in-state students (133rd of 1,223 U.S. universities) led the UW System, followed by UW–Platteville out-of-state students (170th). UW–Madison in-state students ranked next, 240th nationally, followed by Stout in-state, La Crosse in-state, Madison out-of-state, Stout out-of-state, La Crosse out-of-state, Eau Claire in-state, Milwaukee in-state, Eau Claire out-of-state, Milwaukee out-of-state, Whitewater in-state and out-of-state, Oshkosh in-state, Stevens Point in-state, Oshkosh out-of-state, Stevens Point out-of-state, River Falls in-state and out-of-state, Green Bay in-state, Superior in-state, Green Bay out-of-state, and Superior out-of-state.

“This report confirms the great work our faculty and teaching staff do both by the substance of their teaching and by inspiring our students to achieve excellence in their preparation to enter society and the workforce,” said Chancellor Dennis J. Shields. “At UW–Platteville, we have always provided a high-quality education at an affordable cost; an education that not only sparks the students’ minds inside the classroom, but also an education that broadens their horizon outside the classroom. Our students are well prepared to enter the workforce and succeed.”

The 20-year net return on investment for in-state students earning a bachelor’s degree at UW–Platteville, according to PayScale, is $467,100, compared to $436,800 for out-of-state students, ranked only behind Milwaukee School of Engineering.

“The cost of earning a degree from this school [UW–Platteville] is just $65,900, so it provides a college return on investment Wisconsin residents benefit from enormously,” cited the report.

UW–Platteville, the fastest growing campus in the UW System, includes three colleges: the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science; College of Liberal Arts and Education; and College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture.

Current enrollment tops 8,900 students, including undergraduate, graduate and distance education students.