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University of Wisconsin Colleges

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Students are known to put lots of dedication and energy into academics. Fortunately for those who choose to study at University of Wisconsin colleges (also known as UW Colleges), they are guaranteed to have a very positive experience. The atmosphere at University of Wisconsin Colleges is awesome and the intense academics are just a couple of the reasons many students at UW Colleges enjoy it so much. The students feel that they can form great relationships with their fellow students and their professors as well. In addition to this, UW Colleges leave students well prepared for the future.

A person’s undergraduate experience is indeed one that will be counted as one of the best and thrilling experiences in their lives. It is most times, the very first time an individual gets to be away from the monitoring eyes and sharp ears of their parents and getting the opportunity to make very serious decisions concerning their future. Thus, it is important to pick the very best institution to spend these eventful period/years at. University of Wisconsin Colleges offer remarkable education, a very inviting atmosphere and an active student body. The geographical location of UW colleges sure makes these institutions comfortable and beautiful to the eyes.

The facilities at UW Colleges are accommodating and so is the transport system. Although, like any other institution of higher learning, there are some things that will need to be changed or improved upon; for instance, only 2 out of the 13 campuses that make up UW Colleges have residence halls. Students typically leave UW Colleges feeling pretty satisfied and armed with the education to face what is to come.

Students who want to attend an institution that will not just prepare them academically but also offer them the opportunity to grow personally as well should consider attending University of Wisconsin Colleges.


The UW Colleges is a part of the prestigious University of Wisconsin System (UW System) which comprises thirteen (13) local campuses and an online campus. The UW System is among the largest systems of public higher learning in the United States, it serves nearly 182,000 students every year and employing over 32,000 staff and faculty state-wide.

The UW Colleges campuses are:

  • University of Wisconsin – Fond Du Lac
  • University of Wisconsin – Marathon County
  • University of Wisconsin – Baraboo/Sauk County
  • University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley
  • University of Wisconsin – Manitowoc
  • University of Wisconsin – Barron County
  • University of Wisconsin – Marinette
  • University of Wisconsin – Rock County
  • University of Wisconsin – Marshfield/Wood County
  • University of Wisconsin – Sheboygan
  • University of Wisconsin – Richland
  • University of Wisconsin – Waukesha
  • University of Wisconsin – Washington County
  • University of Wisconsin Colleges Online
  • Students can earn an associate’s degree at any of UW Colleges campus, and that includes the online campus. The University of Wisconsin Colleges is also often employed as a stepping stone for students who wish to transfer to another school in the UW System. This is made possible by the UW System’s “Guaranteed Transfer Program” where students are guaranteed admission as juniors to another school – that is, if they meet certain requirements.

    Degrees Offered

    University of Wisconsin Colleges offer a variety of degree paths that will meet each student’s needs and they come in the form of associate’s degrees & bachelor’s degrees – this is in addition to a variety of certificate programs which vary by college.

    Associate Degrees: At UW Colleges, students can earn an associate degree in the following: Fine Arts & Humanities, Mathematical & Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Application & Performance, Ethnic Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies.

    Baccalaureate Degrees: The following are the degrees that can be earned at the specified University of Wisconsin Colleges campus: Communication, Information Resources, American Studies, Organizational Administration, Business Administration, American Studies, Nursing and more.

    Certificate Programs – The following are the credit certificate programs offered by University of Wisconsin Colleges: Business, Women’s Studies, American Indian Studies, International Studies and Environmental Studies.

    Special Students

    Individuals who are interested in taking certain types of courses at University of Wisconsin Colleges but are not seeking to earn a degree, are simply categorized as “Special Students.” In a lot of cases, UW Colleges’ admission standards are quite flexible than it is for degree seeking students. Although, special students must also meet the University of Wisconsin Colleges’ academic standards. Prospective special students who have attended schools other than University of Wisconsin Colleges may need to present transcripts and other educational records in order to get into UW Colleges.

    Please Note: Degree seeking applicants may receive priority over special student applicants in registering for classes, this is due to program demand and or enrolment limits. Applicants who are interested in attending UW Colleges as a special student should first consult with the colleges’ Student Services Office in order to get information on additional requirements before he or she starts the application process.

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    Students who desire to earn college degrees will be considered for admission to UW Colleges. Early application is highly recommended particularly if applicants are interested in applying for financial aid.

    Application Process

    Students who wish to be considered for admission must submit UW System’s application for undergraduate admission. Applicants can obtain the application form any University of Wisconsin Colleges’ high school guidance office or they can simply apply online at htt://apply.wisconsin.edu/. Applicants should send the completed form and all other necessary documents to UW Colleges campus that they are interested attending.

    Applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee along with their application. The application fee will not apply to applicants who have previously attended University Wisconsin Colleges as degree seeking students. Application fee is also not required from special students unless they develop to become degree applicants.

    High school applicants are strongly advised to apply to UW Colleges early in their senior year. Applicants who apply early have an advantage of getting financial aid, favored schedule of courses and academic counseling.

    Financial Aid

    A college education (in any school) costs money…a lot of it! At UW Colleges, students can get financial aid in order to assist them pay their way through college.

    The federal government will process students’ FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and send the result via electronic mail to UW Colleges’ Financial Aid Office – that is, provided the student listed UW Colleges as one of the institutions to receive the result of their FAFSA. The student will also receive a notification also referred to as SAR (Student Aid Report).

    Students who file their FAFSA online and provide a legitimate email address will receive their SAR online. Students who file a paper application will receive their SAR in the mail.

    Types of Financial Aid Available

    Need-Based Financial Aid Programs: Students MUST show eligibility for this type of financial aid by simply filling out and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need-Based financial aid at UW Colleges include: Student employment, Loans, Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Wisconsin Handicapped Grants, India Grants, Wisconsin Higher Education Grants, Lawton Minority Grants and Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grants.

    Non-Need Based Financial Aid Programs: These particular financial aid programs are not based on need. One will not need to show eligibility, but in many cases, students must fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Non-Need financial aid at UW Colleges include: Scholarships, Loans and student employment.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 5587th for the average student loan amount.
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    The University of Wisconsin Colleges are basically commuter campuses. Although, 2 campus UW Colleges – Marathon County and UW Colleges – Richland do have on campus housing.

    University of Wisconsin Campuses have a variety of housing arrangements like coeducational halls, apartments or suites, men only or women only units, learning communities and special interest halls. Students should check with their campus Housing Office in order find out which type of housing they offer.

    Each of the on-campus residence halls have great amenities such as high speed internet connectivity, laundry room, vending machine, kitchen areas, cable or satellite television, lounges and study areas.

    The Students at University of Wisconsin Colleges have a lot of opportunities to take part in lots of academic, social and cultural activities outside the classroom. They get the chance to meet loads of new people. At the University of Wisconsin Colleges, freshmen and sophomores can get the experiences that are typically reserved for upperclassmen.

    Clubs and Organizations

    Here are the clubs and organizations that students can take part in at the specified University of Wisconsin Colleges campus: Student Government Association, Bicycle Club, Running Club, Student Activities Committee, Environmental Club, Multicultural Club, Willow Creek Pond Collective, Science Club, Student Art League, Video Games Club and much more.

    Student Enrollment Demographics


    • College Prowler. ”University of Wisconsin Colleges.” 2011.
    • University of Wisconsin System ”About UW System.” 2010.
    • University of Wisconsin Colleges website. ”Our Campuses.” 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 41st in Wisconsin and 1586th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault N/A N/A
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape N/A N/A
    Robbery N/A N/A
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary N/A N/A
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft N/A N/A
    Arrest N/A N/A

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 461 0.20
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 8 0.00
    Forcible Rape 74 0.03
    Robbery 272 0.12
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 1,440 0.61
    Larceny 6,152 2.63
    Vehicle theft 344 0.15

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Associate's — Public 2-year colleges under 4-year universities
    Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
    EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
    Size & SettingVery large two-year

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringAssociate's degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District5502

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 3212th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,750 $4,750 $11,734
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $433 $433 $433
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $198 $198 $489
    FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
    FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $6,203 $6,203 $13,187
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,583 $18,583 $25,567
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,793 $10,793 $17,777

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $4,882 $5,157 $4,882 $5,157 $11,865 $12,141
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $980 $1,020
    On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
    On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,430 $7,740
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,510 $4,730
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,510 $4,730

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$44
    Graduate Application FeeN/A
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 5,941 (2,785 male / 3,156 female)
    Admitted 5,881 (2,754 male / 3,127 female)
    Admission rate 99%
    First-time Enrollment 4,237 (2,039 male / 2,198 female)
    FT Enrollment 3,610 (1,741 male / 1,869 female)
    PT Enrollment 627 (298 male / 329 female)
    Total Enrollment13,947

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    ACT Test Admission

    1113th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 85%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm CapacityN/A
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room FeeN/A
    Board FeeN/A

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

    Total 4 16 51 52 11 1,556 8 1,719
    Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 4 16 51 52 11 1,556 8 1,719

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 3496th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $49,672 ($50,284 male / $48,755 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 322 (188 male / 134 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 690
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
    Total Benefits $10,125,634

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