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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

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    For 2019, 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 ranked 13th among Regional Colleges in the Midwest on the U.S. News Best Value Schools list for 2019. According to U.S. News: "The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically." includes Wisconsin Lutheran College on its 2019 list of America's Top Colleges, compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). The CCAP ranks 650 undergraduate institutions, focusing on student satisfaction, graduation rates, career success, and student debt. 

    Money Magazine

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is included in the list of Best Colleges for Your Money 2019, published by MONEY Magazine. More than 700 schools were included in the rankings, which combine educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.

    Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is included in the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. The WSJ/THE College Rankings is a pioneering ranking of U.S. colleges and universities that focuses on student success and learning.

    Among other things, 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. Fourteen performance indicators were used to answer the questions that matter the most when choosing a college, such as:

    • Does the school have sufficient resources to teach me properly and have a good academic reputation?
    • Will I be engaged and challenged by my teacher and classmates?
    • What type of campus community is there? 
    • How likely am I to graduate and get a good job?

    Washington Monthly

    In 2018, Wisconsin Lutheran College is ranked 123rd in the nation by Washington Monthly in the category of Baccalaureate Colleges. The list rates schools based on three categories: social mobility, research, and service.

    Best Value Schools

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    In 2019, Wisconsin Lutheran College was named a Best Value School in the state of Wisconsin. The ranking was created using National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator and PayScale data to identify the schools based on graduation rate, net price, acceptance rate and a 20-year net return on investment.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College ranked tenth in the state and fourth among private colleges. Best Value Schools helps students find schools and degree programs that can provide the most available financial aid and assistance, the greatest support and service, the highest return on investment, and the best overall value.


    College Choice

    College Choice Best Masters Program

    In 2018, Wisconsin Lutheran College's master's degree program is ranked 22nd in the country on College Choice's list of Best Master's Degrees in Secondary Education

    College Consensus

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    Wisconsin Lutheran College is ranked fourth in the state for 2019 by College Consensus, which averaged the latest results from college ranking systems with student review scores from around the web to produce a rating for each school. 

    College Factual

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    College Factual included  Wisconsin Lutheran College on its 2019 list of Best Colleges for the Money. According to College Factual, WLC ranks in the Top 15% in the nation among colleges that deliver a great education compared to their cost. A total of 1,510 schools were included on this list.

    College Factual also recognized WLC's Business Administration, Communication, and Education programs for 2019.

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    Colleges of Distinction/Christian Colleges of Distinction

    Wisconsin Lutheran College has been named a "College of Distinction" and a "Christian College of Distinction" for 2019-2020.

    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 2019-2020, WLC was named a College of Distinction - Business, College of Distinction - Education, and College of Distinction - Nursing.

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    ETC College Rankings Index

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is nationally ranked in the 2018 outcome-based ETC College Rankings Index, produced by the nonprofit Educate to Career. The list was developed to enable students to identify schools that provide a quality education with proven career placement records at the lowest possible cost.

    Niche Top Colleges

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

    For 2020, Wisconsin Lutheran College is rated as one of the 100 best Christian colleges in the country, and WLC's residence halls are ranked 19th in the nation and 1st in the state. Niche named WLC the Best Christian College in Wisconsin for 2019.

    View the complete list of WLC's Niche rankings.

    Online Schools Center

    In 2018, Wisconsin Lutheran College was included in the list of 35 Fastest Online School Degree Programs for its accelerated Business Management and Leadership program.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is ranked among the best colleges for homeschool graduates by The site identified three key features that meet the needs of a homeschool graduate: Christian education, socio-political conservatism, and science and faith integration.

    According to "Prioritizing leadership, ministry, and one-on-one mentoring by professors, Wisconsin Lutheran College is more than a school, it's a leadership garden."

    Wisconsin Lutheran College also ranks tenth in's list of the 30 Best Online Master's in Secondary Education Programs.

    Top Conservative Colleges

    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.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College was named to Newsmax's list of 40 Best Colleges for Conservative Values.

    Stacker included Wisconsin Lutheran College on its list of Most Conservative Colleges in America. The listing, published on, ranked WLC 32nd in the country.