Wisconsin Lutheran College

Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. It has an enrollment of about 1,200 students. Its nine-building campus sits on the border of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, with some buildings in each city. Degree programs at Wisconsin Lutheran College are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Wisconsin Lutheran College
AffiliationWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Endowment$19.1 million[1]
PresidentDaniel W. Johnson
Students1,188 approx.
Location, ,
40 acres (16 ha)
Athletics18 NCAA Division III teams
ColorsGreen and White


Wisconsin Lutheran College opened in the fall of 1973 with a part-time faculty and two dozen students. The school had its first full-time president two years later. In 1977 the school purchased five buildings on an 8.5-acre (3.4 ha) campus, and had a set of plans that allowed for growth and development. In 1982, the college purchased the academic library from Milton College. Volunteers moved and installed this 60,000 volume library. In 1983, the college purchased and installed the science laboratory furnishings of the University of Wisconsin Center at Medford. These major additions helped the college pursue its dream of becoming a four-year college.

In 1984, the Board of Regents approved the four-year program to start in the fall of 1985. The evaluation team from North Central Association of Colleges and Schools agreed that the necessary planning and resources existed to enable Wisconsin Lutheran College to move toward accreditation as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. In May 1987 the first 12 students graduated with baccalaureate degrees. In June 1987 the Executive Commissioners of the North Central Association granted Wisconsin Lutheran College initial accreditation as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution.

Gary Greenfield, who served as the college's first full-time president for 28 years, retired in June 2003. Timothy Kriewall was inaugurated as the second president on Sept. 7, 2003, and retired in June 2008. Daniel Johnson accepted the call to be the third full-time president of Wisconsin Lutheran College in July 2008 and was inaugurated on April 24, 2009.


The Wisconsin Lutheran College campus consists of the Gary J. Greenfield Administration Building, the Campus Center, the Center for Arts and Performance, the Marvin M. Schwan Library building, the Science Hall (renamed Generac Hall in May 2011), a recreational center, two dormitories, and several apartment buildings near campus owned by the school.

The Gary J. Greenfield Administration Building was built in the 1880s under the supervision of Milwaukee architect, Alexander Eschweiler. It served as the home of a Catholic boys', then girls' school for many years until it was bought by Wisconsin Lutheran College in the early 1970s.

Campus construction

In September, 1987, construction began on the first building erected on campus. One year later, on Sept. 10, 1988, the Marvin M. Schwan Library was completed and dedicated. In July 1991, after two years of negotiation with the city of Wauwatosa, construction began on the college's second building, the Recreation Complex, which was dedicated on September 12, 1992. A third building, the Center for Arts and Performance, was completed in 1996, and the Campus Center was finished and dedicated in 1998. Two residence halls were constructed and dedicated on September 9, 2000. After two years of additional negotiation with the city of Wauwatosa and neighbors, construction began on Science Hall, which was dedicated on September 11, 2004. In February 2004 the college purchased 26 acres (10.5 ha) of land in the northwest quadrant of the Milwaukee County Grounds as a site for its new outdoor athletic complex. Warrior Fields was dedicated on September 10, 2005.


Wisconsin Lutheran College offers academic programs taught from a Christian perspective. The college provides opportunities for involvement in athletics, fine arts, and service to the community, both locally and abroad.[2]


Total enrollment:1200
Student-faculty ratio:12:1
Average undergraduate class size:16
Student demographics:31 states and 8 foreign countries
Percent of resident students:68%
Student population:93% are 18-22 yrs old
Freshman profile:3.43 avg high school GPA and 24 avg ACT


In 2009, Wisconsin Lutheran College was ranked 128th of 600 by Forbes on its list of America's Best Colleges.[3]

29 Majors: Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Broad Field Social Sciences, Business Administration, Chemistry, China Studies, Communication, Communicative Arts, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, German, History, Human Social Services, Interdisciplinary, Mathematics, Media Design, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Sport & Exercise Science, Theatre, Theology.

Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Dental, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Education

College of Adult and Graduate Studies

In 2009 the Board of Regents approved the creation of a College of Adult & Graduate Studies.

Master of Arts in Education

In October, 2010, Wisconsin Lutheran College received formal accreditation as a master's degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college also was accredited to offer both its master's program and its bachelor's degree completion program online. The MA-Ed program offers five specializations: High Performance Instruction, Urban Education, Instructional Technology, Science Instruction, and Leadership & Innovation.

Accelerated Degree Completion

The degree completion program at Wisconsin Lutheran College is designed for working adults seeking an accelerated degree. The program is initially offering a major in Business Management and Leadership.


In 2009, WLC was ranked 128th of 600 by Forbes on its list of America's Best Colleges. U.S. News & World Report rated WLC as one of America's Best Colleges for 2015.[4] WLC ranked 12th in the U.S. on Washington Monthly's 2013 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings for liberal arts colleges.[5] In 2013, WLC ranked 12th in the nation on CBS MoneyWatch's list of U.S. colleges with the best professors.[6]


Wisconsin Lutheran teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Warriors are a member of the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC). Wisconsin Lutheran was also a member of the Lake Michigan Conference until the spring of 2006. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Extra-curricular activities

  • Intramural and club sports
  • Concert band and six ensembles
  • Two choirs
  • 30 + clubs and organizations
  • Ministry, outreach, and volunteer opportunities


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  2. http://www.wlc.edu/about/index.aspx?id=720
  3. "America's Best Colleges". Forbes. August 5, 2009.
  4. "Wisconsin Lutheran ranked as one of America's Best Colleges".
  5. "2013 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings - Liberal Arts Colleges". Archived from the original on 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  6. "U.S. colleges with the best professors".

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