Stevens Point Named 5th in the Nation Among Small College Cities

Stevens Point has been ranked highly in a national list of best college and university cities.

Wallet Hub ranks Stevens Point fifth among small U.S. cities with universities as part of its 2020 list (

Wallet Hub examined 415 cities of varying sizes across three key dimensions: wallet friendliness, social environment, and academic and economic opportunities. Within these, it compared cities based on 30 key indicators, such as students per capita, population aged 18-25, restaurants, festivals, night life, crime rate, quality of education, earnings potential for graduates, median income and share of part-time jobs, entrepreneurial activity and unemployment rate. 

Stevens Point scored highly for “wallet friendliness,” indicating a low cost of education, adjusted cost of living for young people, housing costs, entertainment costs and student loan debt. 

Students will find a friendly, helpful community with numerous recreational, social, internship and employment options, said UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Bernie Patterson.

“Our community offers students so many opportunities for personal and professional growth, all with UW-Stevens Point’s affordable tuition. That’s why UW-Stevens Point is a great value and a great place for students to discover their purpose.”

“I’m very proud to see that people are recognizing all the great things Stevens Point has to offer,” said Mayor Mike Wiza. “Anyone who attended UW-Stevens Point already knows our community is top notch, but now the rest of the country knows too.”

WalletHub says college’s geographical location is just as important as a strong curriculum and supportive school environment to a student’s academic success and personal development. A campus visit often includes a tour of the city or town that will be a student’s home for the next several years.

UW-Stevens Point has numerous community partnerships, from mentoring with professionals to internships with a variety of local businesses and agencies.

The university’s economic impact to Wisconsin is $671 million, according to the most recent study by NorthStar Consulting in Madison. UW-Stevens Point also generates $40.9 million in state and local tax annually.

Offering numerous theater, music, athletic events and educational programs to the public, UW-Stevens Point also helps the community culturally, economically and intellectually. “Stevens Point is a great place to live for students, faculty, staff and many others too,” Patterson said.  

WalletHub is a web-based service that offers advice and reviews of financial products and professionals and credit reports.

Submitted by UW-Stevens Point Communications and Marketing.

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