University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh

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800 Algoma Boulevard

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Phone: (920) 424-0202
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
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U.S. News rank Category Name
#65 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh is a public institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,322, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 166 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 65. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,360 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,934 (2012-13).

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

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers big-city educational opportunities with small-town appeal. UW Oshkosh, located in central Wisconsin's Fox Valley & just three hours north of Chicago, is the third largest university in the UW System with 12,400 total enrolled (11,000 on campus). In the past 5 years, the campus has seen a 9% increase of students and a 71% increase of students of color. The campus offers students opportunities to develop close connections with their professors, via hands-on learning and collaborative research and creativity, even at the undergraduate level. Responsive to the needs of our students, UW Oshkosh promotes the broadest campus experience possible both in and outside the classroom. In addition to a fully modernized & expanded student union offering numerous meeting and social outlets, a new state of the art student recreation & wellness center will provide an additional 102,000 sq ft for intramurals, informal recreation, fitness, wellness and outdoor/adventure programs. Students can become further engaged on campus through a variety of service and volunteer opportunities, joining one or more of the 152 student organizations, or develop leadership skills through student governance or LeaderShops. They can also participate in campus events/traditions like Winter Carnival or Dragon Boat Races. UW Oshkosh also provides a competitive D III athletic program which has won numerous conference & national titles. The University believes so strongly in its mission to create a community of continuous learners that its faculty, students and administration routinely seek out and create collaborations with regional businesses, governments, health care and educational leaders in an effort to develop a responsive and knowledgeable exchange with the region: in turn, students have a chance to gain valuable work and leadership experience. With four colleges, UW Oshkosh students experience a cutting-edge curriculum and out-of-classroom educational opportunities. Undergraduate students from the College of Business students place in the top 15% nationally on the ETS Major Field Test; while MBA students place in the top 5%. Alumni of the College of Education & Human Services consistently win state teaching excellence awards. The College of Letters & Science has garnered more UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Awards than any other campus. The College of Nursing graduates consistently receive a 100% pass rates on the American Nurses Credentialing Center FNP Exam. UW Oshkosh is committed to "green principles", recycling building materials, practicing energy efficiency and providing leadership in environmental pursuits. As Wisconsin's second largest purchaser of renewable energy, UW Oshkosh is one of only 25 institutions nationwide named a founding member of the Higher Education Steering Committee of the American Council on Renewable Energy and is one of four UW campuses selected by the governor to participate in a pilot program to produce as much energy as it consumes. UW Oshkosh sponsors the world's largest annual Earth Charter community summit, which promotes ecological integrity, social & economic justice; democracy; nonviolence; & peace, and was awarded the esteemed Campus Ecology Recognition by the National Wildlife Federation. Oshkosh boasts the largest, non-PhD granting masters program in the UW System. Masters students enjoy challenging, relevant educational experiences that address the needs of working professionals, and many classes are presented evenings, weekends and online. With $500 million in economic contributions to area businesses and benevolence groups, UW Oshkosh has had significant economic impact on the region. The University has also been recognized for its support of minority businesses through the Governor's Top Special Minority Business Award.

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School type public
Year founded 1871
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $14,112,140


When applying to University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 31. The application fee at University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh is $44. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 68.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh is 22:1, and the school has 31.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Public Administration and Social Service Professions. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Education 15%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Social Sciences 7%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 6%

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Student Life

University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,322, with a gender distribution of 41.5 percent male students and 58.5 percent female students. At this school, 31 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 69 percent of students live off campus. University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 13,413
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh 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--Oshkosh, 10 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh.

Students who have cars on campus 10%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh, 60.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,657.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,360 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,934 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,926 (2012-13)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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