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Wisconsin Lutheran College prepares students for lives of Christian leadership. WLC is known for academic excellence and a Christ-centered student experience, with courses taught by Christian faculty. The college is annually ranked as one of America's best colleges by multiple organizations.

  • U.S. News & World Report

    For 2023, U.S. News & World Report rates Wisconsin Lutheran College as one of the Top 20 Regional Colleges in the Midwest. Schools in this category focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.

    WLC is included in the U.S. News rankings for Best Value Schools, ranked 14th among Regional Colleges in the Midwest.

    The college is also included in the Top Performers on Social Mobility rankings at #25 among Regional Colleges in the Midwest. This category rates how well schools graduated students who received Pell Grants. 

    Colleges of Distinction/Christian Colleges of Distinction

    Wisconsin Lutheran College has been named a "College of Distinction" and a "Christian College of Distinction" for 2022-2023.

    Colleges of Distinction is a college guide with a unique approach. Instead of looking for the richest or the most famous schools, they ask: Which colleges are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed?

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     For 2022-2023, WLC was named a College of Distinction - Business, College of Distinction - Education, and College of Distinction - Nursing.

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    GradReports Best Colleges

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    Wisconsin Lutheran College is ranked 10th in the state of Wisconsin by GradReports in the category of Salary Score, which compares the median alumni salary in the first year after completion for each bachelor's program at one college to the salaries for the same program at other schools. Best Colleges, a free, privately supported website, helps students in their pre-college journey by ranking colleges and programs across the country using aggregated, publicly available data. has given Wisconsin Lutheran College top rankings for 2022 in the following areas:

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    Niche Best Colleges

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    Niche offers college rankings based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of student and alumni reviews.

    For 2023, Wisconsin Lutheran College is rated in the top 75 best Christian colleges and top 75 best college campuses in the country, and WLC's residence halls are ranked 8th in the nation and 1st in the state.

    Other notable rankings include 3rd best college campus, 3rd best colleges for business, and 4th best student life in the state. WLC's biology, education, and communication programs also ranked highly in comparison to other colleges in the state.

    View the complete list of WLC's Niche rankings.

    Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is included in the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings (subscription/login required). The WSJ/THE College Rankings is a pioneering ranking of U.S. colleges and universities that focuses on student success and learning.

    The ranking values schools that focus their spending on classroom instruction, and rewards both teaching and research excellence. It also places an emphasis on student outcomes.

    Washington Monthly

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is ranked 41st in the nation by Washington Monthly in the category of Bachelor's Colleges. The 2022 list ranks liberal arts colleges - four-year institutions that award almost exclusively bachelor's degrees and that focus on arts and sciences rather than professional programs - based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

    Washington Monthly also included Wisconsin Lutheran College in its 2022 list of America's Best Bang for the Buck Colleges. WLC is ranked 83rd in a list of 387 schools in the Midwest. For this category, Washington Monthly ranks schools according to how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

    Young America's Foundation

    Young America's Foundation lists institutions that offer a conservative experience for students. Wisconsin Lutheran College is included on the foundation's list of Top Conservative Colleges. The list features institutions that proclaim, through their mission and programs, a dedication to discovering, maintaining, and strengthening the conservative values of their students.