University of Wisconsin--Whitewater

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800 W. Main Street

Whitewater, WI 53190

Phone: (262) 472-1234
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#42 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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University of Wisconsin--Whitewater is a public institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,751, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 400 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Wisconsin--Whitewater's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 42. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,578 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,151 (2013-14).

The University of Wisconsin—Whitewater campus is located in the southeastern part of the state, about 50 miles west of Milwaukee. The University of Wisconsin—Whitewater offers many degree programs in the Colleges of Arts and Communications; Business and Economics; Education and Professional Studies; and Letters and Sciences. Students may earn master’s degrees in about a dozen fields, including business and speech-language pathology.

Students at UW-Whitewater can join more than 170 campus organizations, more than 15 fraternities and sororities, and student government. There’s also much for students to do at the UW-Whitewater James R. Connor University Center, which is home to an art gallery and a bowling alley. Student athletes can play at the intramural, club, or varsity level. The UW-Whitewater Warhawks teams are members of the NCAA Division III Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and compete in more than 20 sports. The University of Wisconsin—Whitewater also offers a wheelchair athletics program for men’s and women’s intercollegiate basketball teams.

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

Mission Statement: The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to the development of the individual, the growth of personal and professional integrity and respect for diversity and global perspectives. These are met by providing academic and co-curricular programs that emphasize the pursuit of knowledge and understanding and a commitment to service within a safe and secure environment.
The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is:
1.To provide a range of undergraduate programs and degrees, including interdisciplinary programs, in letters, sciences, and the arts as well as programs and degrees leading to professional specialization.
2.To offer graduate education built clearly upon its undergraduate emphases and strengths with particular emphasis in the fields of business, education, communication, and human services.
3.To engage in scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that supports its programs at the associate and baccalaureate degree level, its graduate programs, and its select mission.
4.To create and maintain a positive and inviting environment for multicultural students, students with disabilities, and nontraditional students, and provide support services and programs for them.
5.To serve as a regional cultural and economic resource center through its service initiatives.
6.To provide continuing education and outreach programs as integrated institutional activities.
7.To provide a variety of co-curricular activities to enhance out-of-class learning opportunities.
8.To encourage and maintain a high level of personal and professional integrity in all University life and activities.
Unique qualities: The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a premier regional comprehensive university that takes pride in its regional leadership, national presence and global vision. Many of its academic programs are among the best in the country. The Princeton Review has named the College of Business and Economics one of the "Best Business Schools," and the College of Education and Professional Studies consistently produces hundreds of new teachers for the state of Wisconsin annually. UW-Whitewater's athletic department has some of the biggest and best facilities in NCAA Division III and is home to some of the most competitive teams in the country. The Warhawks have won national championships in volleyball, baseball, wheelchair basketball, football and basketball. UW-Whitewater also provides exceptional support for students. New Mobility magazine has ranked UW-Whitewater one of the top 10 disability friendly public universities in the U.S. Leadership is another priority for UW-Whitewater students, and students annually log several tens of thousands of community service hours and raise thousands of dollars for affiliated organizations. The campus American Marketing Association chapter is among the most decorated in the nation, and is just one of some 170 registered student organizations. UW-Whitewater also has a national reputation for undergraduate research, and the university sends one of the largest groups of students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research annually. The university recognizes the importance of international education and offers many different short-term and semester-long travel study opportunities across the globe. UW-Whitewater is one of the leading campuses working with University of Wisconsin System and Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to pilot Liberal Education and American's Promise (LEAP) initiatives. At UW-Whitewater, students experience personalized learning, vibrant campus life, diverse program choices and professional connections. In short, all the resources needed for academic and personal successes.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1868
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $14,971,738


When applying to University of Wisconsin--Whitewater, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at University of Wisconsin--Whitewater is $44. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Wisconsin--Whitewater is 23:1, and the school has 32.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Wisconsin--Whitewater include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Public Administration and Social Service Professions. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 23:1
4-year graduation rate 30%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 39%
Education 17%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Social Sciences 7%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 5%

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Student Life

University of Wisconsin--Whitewater has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,751, with a gender distribution of 49.6 percent male students and 50.4 percent female students. At this school, 40 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 60 percent of students live off campus. University of Wisconsin--Whitewater is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,028
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
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--Whitewater offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Wisconsin--Whitewater 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). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Wisconsin--Whitewater.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Wisconsin--Whitewater, 60.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,253.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,578 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,151 (2013-14)
Room and board $5,900 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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