University of Wisconsin Whitewater (UW Whitewater) is a public university in Whitewater, Wisconsin. It was established as a modest normal school in 1868. For much of its history, it functioned as a teachers’ college. After joining the University of Wisconsin system, however, the school’s population grew exponentially. Today there are more than 11,000 students at the university.
UW Whitewater awards the following degrees: Associate of Arts; Bachelor of Arts (in Arts and Communication, Letters and Sciences, and Education); Bachelor of Business Administration; Bachelor of Fine Arts; Bachelor of Music; Bachelor of Science; and Bachelor of Science-Education (in Business Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education). Colleges within the university include: College of Arts and Communication; College of Business and Economics; College of Education and Professional Studies; College of Letters and Sciences; and School of Graduate Studies.
Students pursuing bachelor’s degrees at UW Whitewater take both general education requirements and specific degree requirements, including writing proficiency, diversity, and the requirements specific to the student’s major.
UW Whitewater is particularly well-known for their extensive online education program. There are several hundred classes available completely online, and a number of degrees that can be earned entirely through internet-bases courses. These include bachelor’s degrees in business, liberal studies, political science, and early childhood education. Master’s degrees are available in business, engineering, and library media.
Furthermore, there are several areas of specialty within these majors. The Early Childhood program, for instance, prepares students to teach both regular or special education for ages birth through eight. The Master’s of Business Administration offers a choice of emphasis between marketing, finance, human resource management, operations and supply chain management, technology and training, management, and international business.
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Admissions to UW La Crosse are competitive. Students need to submit ACT or SAT scores with their application (ACT preferred), as well as references and a modest fee.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Wisconsin, UW Whitewater offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.
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The representative voice of the students at the school is the Whitewater Student Government. The independent, student-run Royal Purple is a regularly published newspaper that provides an open forum for discussion of campus events and issues. There is a student-run newspaper, Royal Purple; a radio station, WSUW; and a television station, Cable 19.
There are many fraternities and sororities at the university. Greek life is a huge part of social and service-oriented activity at the university.
Child care is available at The Children’s Center. The Center offers year round, full day care for children aged 12 months to 6 years and summer school for children entering grades 1-5 the following fall.
Dining on Campus
There are several options for dining on campus. The choices and their offerings include the following:
Ike Shaffer Commons is a conventional dining hall, offering an all-you-can-eat buffet including a salad bar, daily soups, cereals, and a variety of entrees.
Drumlin Market offers convenient foods to go and basic groceries.
Adobe Flats offers customized tacos, burritos, and taco salads.
Avenue Deli offer a variety of subs, grinders, and po’ boys.
Players All-Star Grill offers hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and speciality sandwiches.
Tuscan Villa offers Italian foods, including pastas, pizzas, calzones, garlic bread, and more.
Esker Dining Hall is a conventional dining hall, offering an all-you-can-eat buffet including a salad bar, daily soups, cereals, and a variety of entrees.
Prairie Street Market offers convenient foods to go and basic groceries.
Prairie Street Fresh Sandwich and Salad Company offers healthy salads, sandwiches, and wraps.
Smashers Burgers offers hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and speciality sandwiches.
Graham Street Café is a gourmet bakery-bistro with paninis, sandwiches, and unique spread and vegetable dishes.
All residence halls feature bike locker storage; television lounges with big screen TVs; cable television service with nearly 70 channels available in every room; laundry facilities; pool tables; pianos; kitchens; vending machines; computer labs providing access to popular software and email functions, as well as on-system storage for student files; and a staffed reception desk with tools, games, and equipment available for check out.
The University Fitness Center is fully equipped with aerobic conditioning and free weight equipment. There are also trained staff on hand to help students develop their workout program and consult about healthy lifestyles.
- Arey Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Benson Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Bigelow Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Clem Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Cambridge Apartments, apartments for upper class and graduate students, especially married or mature students
- Fischer Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Fox Meadows Apartments,apartments for upper class and graduate students, especially married or mature students
- Fricker Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Goodhue Hall, for upper class and graduate students, is self-governing provides a mature environment.
- Knilans Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Lee Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Starin Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Tutt Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Wellers Hall, a traditional residence hall
- Wells East Tower has ten floors and houses one in six students on campus. The residence features a coffee house Jitters, a fully furnished fitness center, a large computer lab, and extended front desk hours.
- Wells West Tower has ten floors and houses one in six students on campus. The residence features a coffee house Jitters, a fully furnished fitness center, a large computer lab, and extended front desk hours.
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