University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire

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105 Garfield Avenue

Eau Claire, WI 54701

Phone: (715) 836-2637
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#30 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire is a public institution that was founded in 1916. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,499, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 337 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 30. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,709 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,282 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire prepares students to succeed in a connected world influenced by global economic and social forces. Our Blugold Commitment program extends to all students the opportunity to participate in high-impact, experiential learning programs such as study abroad, internships, domestic or international cultural immersion programs and faculty-student research. Our students earn top-level honors, including Rhodes, Truman and Goldwater scholarships. In recent years, UW-Eau Claire has had more students receive Fulbright grants than most master's-level schools in the country. UW-Eau Claire has been ranked third nationally - the highest of any Wisconsin university - for its number of chemistry graduates among the more than 330 colleges and universities that offer American Chemical Society-approved undergraduate chemistry programs, and we graduate more physics majors than most other similar colleges in the country, according to the American Institute of Physics. Our business program has distinguished itself through its ACCSB International accreditation - a mark of quality achieved by fewer than 5 percent of all business schools in the world. UW-Eau Claire has a nationally recognized undergraduate student-faculty research program. By their senior year, 37 percent of all students have worked with faculty on research and other scholarly projects. Results from these projects have been published in prestigious journals (such as the Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, American Speech, and Chemical and Engineering News) and are presented by students at regional, national and international conferences. Our highly respected music program features faculty and students who perform worldwide, and our Jazz Ensemble I was honored with the national Down Beat Award for Best College Jazz Ensemble. UW-Eau Claire offers many programs that allow students to study, live and work in international settings, as well as programs that bring international students to campus. UW-Eau Claire sends more students abroad for mid-length (quarter- or semesterlong) study-abroad experiences than any other master's level institution in Wisconsin, and it is the only Wisconsin school - public or private - on the top-20 list of master's-level schools that send students on mid-length programs. A growing number of education students complete their student teaching abroad. Many students earn scholarships through competitive programs to study and conduct research abroad, and more are completing internships in international settings. Students also are having meaningful domestic cultural immersion experiences, ranging from civil rights pilgrimages in the South to volunteer work in Wisconsin tribal schools to research in Western mountain ranges. UW-Eau Claire is one of just a handful of public regional universities in the country - and the only one in Wisconsin - to include service-learning as a graduation requirement. UW-Eau Claire has been named five times since 2006 to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Each year about 2,000 students generate more than 400,000 community-service hours, and the value of their service totals more than $1.5 million a year. UW-Eau Claire is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and in 2013 was named among the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review. In 2012 the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance placed UW-Eau Claire among the top three most selective universities in the UW System and as the second lowest in terms of student loan debt at graduation. The Princeton Review also included UW-Eau Claire among its 150 "Best Value Colleges for 2013."

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1916
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $36,307,143


When applying to University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire is $44. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire is 22:1, and the school has 26.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Psychology; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 26%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Health Professions and Related Programs 14%
Education 8%
Psychology 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,499, with a gender distribution of 41.6 percent male students and 58.4 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,046
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire, 24 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.

Students who have cars on campus 24%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire, 54.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,795.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,709 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,282 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,720 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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