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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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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.

Online Education

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.

Most Popular Fields of Study


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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3610th for the average student loan amount.
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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

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.

Residential Life

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.

Residences include:

  • 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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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Information Summary

Ranks 15th in Wisconsin and 634th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Wisconsin and 231st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 7 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 126 1.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 4 0.03
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 58 0.40
Larceny 255 1.76
Vehicle theft 6 0.04

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population18,257 (13,218 urban / 5,039 rural)
Households5,905 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,336
Families3,079 (3.00 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5505

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1623rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,519 $6,519 $14,092
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,059 $1,059 $1,059
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $272 $272 $587
FT Graduate Tuition $7,640 $7,640 $16,771
FT Graduate Required Fees $906 $906 $906
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $424 $424 $932
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,078 $17,078 $24,651
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,802 $20,802 $28,375
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,178 $11,178 $18,751

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,195 $7,528 $7,195 $7,528 $14,768 $15,101
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $600(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,554 $5,786
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,350(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $8,494
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $3,330
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $2,350

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$44
Graduate Application Fee$56
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,704 (2,810 male / 2,894 female)
Admitted 4,830 (2,347 male / 2,483 female)
Admission rate 85%
First-time Enrollment 2,168 (1,068 male / 1,100 female)
FT Enrollment 2,155 (1,062 male / 1,093 female)
PT Enrollment 13 (6 male / 7 female)
Total Enrollment12,027

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)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Wisconsin Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Wisconsin Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference Wisconsin Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Wisconsin Intercollegiate Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

821st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 98%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

503rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 1%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 580
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 600
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 940 / 1180

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 Capacity4,435
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,600
Board Fee$2,300

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 73 99 77 47 3 2,185 16 2,526
Accounting 5 6 1 5 215 1 236
Art Teacher Education 3 3
Art/Art Studies, General 54 55
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 1 60 65
Business Administration and Management, General 1 3 1 62 67
Business Teacher Education 1 14 1 16
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 1 8 9
Business/Commerce, General 55 11 6 13 201 4 291
Chemistry, General 1 2 14 18
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 1 1 31 1 34
Communication, General 3 2 9 14
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 25 25
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 1 50 54
Curriculum and Instruction
Digital Arts 1 1 33 36
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 17 21
Driver and Safety Teacher Education 1 1 10 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 35 1 38
Economics, General 2 1 14 17
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 1 90 94
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 39 43
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 19 19
Finance, General 3 4 3 2 112 3 127
French Language and Literature 1 1
Geography 24 26
German Language and Literature 3 3
History, General 1 39 41
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 2 4 41 1 49
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1
International/Global Studies 1 13 14
Japanese Studies 1 1
Journalism 1 7 60 68
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 21 15 4 16 58
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 1 25 29
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 83 86
Mathematics, General 36 36
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 3 4
Music, General 2 20 1 23
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician 1 34 35
Office Management and Supervision 1 2 1 31 1 36
Operations Management and Supervision 1 1 1 28 31
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 4 2 2 86 95
Physics, General 1 8 1 10
Political Science and Government, General 2 29 31
Psychology, General 3 2 82 87
Public Administration 3 1 1 15 20
School Psychology 21 21
Social Sciences, General 4 4
Social Work 6 5 2 1 96 112
Sociology 10 3 1 73 90
Spanish Language and Literature 1 5 11 17
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 49 1 51
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 3 1 101 106
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 9 9
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 2 2 2 25 31
Women's Studies 3 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1895th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,658 ($67,151 male / $57,976 female)
Number of FT Faculty 474 (250 male / 224 female)
Number of PT Faculty 607
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $11,612,362

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