University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh

Learn about the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh

Home of the 'Titans', the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Oshkosh was established as the Oshkosh State Normal School in 1871. UW-Oshkosh joined the University of Wisconsin public school system in 1971 and is one of the largest universities in the state. The campus is located on Wisconsin's Fox River, adjacent to the heart of Oshkosh, and it is less than a 2-hour drive from the state capital, Madison, and Wisconsin's largest city, Milwaukee.

The University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh maintains a number of distinctive initiatives. It is the nation's first Fair Trade University, integrating sustainability practices into all facets of university life. Over 160 student-led organizations provide opportunities for enrichment. These include the award-winning newspaper, the Advance-Titan, and a well-recognized Model United Nations program. The university also provides high school students with the opportunity to enroll in college courses for credit.


The university offers 60 undergraduate programs, including popular majors like registered nursing, elementary education, biological sciences, liberal studies, and marketing management. In addition, Oshkosh offers 14 graduate-level programs, including a single doctorate program in nursing practice. Both the graduate and undergraduate programs are offered through four distinct colleges within the university - namely, the College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Letters and Science, and the College of Nursing.

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh also assists nontraditional students through a number of the different initiatives. The Adult Nontraditional Student Resource office helps ease nontraditional students back into academic life, while the Center for New Learning uses accelerated curricula to accommodate work and school. These programs use both online learning and evening schedules to meet the unique needs of returning students.


A prospective undergraduate student must submit an application, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, and a $44 application fee. Students can apply one year before their expected start date, and rolling admissions begin on September 15 for the fall semester and January 1 for spring. The admissions decision is usually delivered 2-3 weeks after the application is submitted. Out of all undergraduate applicants in 2011, 84% were accepted, and 45% of the admitted students actually enrolled. Those who decide to attend UW-Oshkosh must pay an enrollment deposit, which was $100 as of 2012.

As of Fall 2011, 89% of students were White, and 59% were female. Asian students made up the largest minority population, 4% of all students, while African Americans and Hispanics each represented 2% of the student body. The grand majority of students, 97%, resided in the state of Wisconsin.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Per tuition rates for full-time students (those taking 12-18 credits) in Fall 2012, undergraduate residents of Wisconsin would pay $7,357 per academic year, and Minnesota residents would pay $7,843. Tuition for members of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), which covers students in Kansas, North Dakota, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, and Nebraska, was $10,506. Finally, annual tuition for other out-of-state students was $14,930. A year's worth of books and supplies was estimated at $1,000 for all undergraduate students.

Full-time graduate students pay slightly more than undergraduates, and some graduate programs have special tuition rates. Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis, and they may provide a stipend as large as $10,271 per academic year, in addition to tuition waivers.

Students may receive federal and state financial aid, in addition to institutional scholarships. The UW-Oshkosh Enhance Academic Excellence Scholarship provides as much as $3,500 in tuition remission and work opportunities. The Chancellor's Freshman Academic and Freshman Leadership Scholarships provide $1,000 to those who were in the top 25% of their high school class. Many smaller scholarships, such as the Wilcockson Art Scholarship, are available for students in specific disciplines who have demonstrated academic excellence.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, and a doctorate
Post-bachelor's and post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 12,273 undergraduate
1,240 graduate in Fall 2011*
Student Housing Double room, single room, 2-bedroom, and 4-bedroom options, starting at $1,876 and going up to $3,000 for 14 weeks**
Student-Faculty Ratio 22 to 1*
Schools and Programs 4 schools, offering a total of 60 undergraduate, 13 master's, and 1 doctorate program(s)*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Bachelor's: Nursing (221)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (80)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 15% in 4 years
51% in 6 years
54% in 8 years*
Admission Rate 84%*
Entering Class Size 1,870 in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 74% full-time
39% part-time*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 22.4**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Accepted on a rolling basis starting 1 year before expected enrollment**
Decision Notification Date 2-3 weeks after application completion**
Tuition (Fall 2012) $3,678.58 per semester, in-state
$7,465.06 per semester, out-of-state**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Federal grants: 31%
State and local grants or scholarships: 27%
Institutional grants or scholarships: 7%
Student loan aid: 70%*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 83%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **UW-Oshkosh.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, UW Oshkosh, P.O. Box 2423, Oshkosh, WI 54903
  • Phone: (920) 424-3164
  • Website:

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