University of Wisconsin in Whitewater

About the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Located on roughly 400 acres in southeastern Wisconsin, this University of Wisconsin (UW) campus serves a largely Wisconsin-based student body. Founded in 1868, the Whitewater campus has grown from a teacher's school into a member of the fifth largest academic system in the country. The public school is roughly 45 miles southeast of Madison, WI, and about 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

G.I. Jobs magazine has recognized UW - Whitewater as a military-friendly school four times. In addition to academic initiatives, the campus also facilitates community innovation through projects like the Whitewater University Technology Park, which provides area entrepreneurs with access to tools such as mentorship opportunities and fiber-optic data connections.


UW's four undergraduate colleges include Arts and Communication; Letters and Sciences; Business and Economics; and Education and Professional Studies. Through the College of Arts and Communication, students can access the school's cable television station and student newspaper. The college also contains the UW System's first digital arts program. The College of Education is highest among the UW schools to produce first-time certified teachers. Business and early childhood education are examples of a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are available fully online or as a hybrid option. Whitewater's library has nearly 2 million books in its collection.


May 1 is the official deadline for Fall admission and Spring candidates have until December 1 to submit their applications. High school students can apply to UW - Whitewater beginning September 15 of their senior year. Standard requirements include transcripts, an ACT or SAT score and the completion of courses in English, math, science and social studies. The school also considers the high school GPA, volunteer history, letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

The College of Education & Professional Studies and the College of Business and Economics have additional enrollment requirements. The former enrolls teacher education students on a competitive basis, while the latter requires the successful completion of a battery of courses, all while with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Applications for online programs have different application requirements as well. The online early childhood education program requires an associate's degree in early childhood. For online programs in the College of Business and Economics, students should e-mail the college's assistant dean to get more information. Wisconsin residents account for 87% of the school's enrollment and 91% are under 24 years old.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduates are charged per semester for a 12-credit load. For the 2010-2011 academic year, tuition for Wisconsin residents was $3,598 per semester, for Minnesota residents it was $3,751 per semester and non-residents were charged $7,384 per semester. Nearly 80% of students pay for their schooling through some sort of financial aid. The school has an online scholarship database with over 150 different scholarships for varying majors, genders and financial needs. Students can apply for these scholarships between November 14 and February 13 for the following academic year.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Distant town*
Student Body 10,230 undergraduates, 1,385 graduate and professional students in 2011**
Student Housing On-campus housing, including suites and non-smoking halls, is available for all grade levels**
Schools and Programs Five colleges offering 48 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 22 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Accounting (151)
Master's: General Business/Commerce (200)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 25% in 4 years
56% in 6 years
58% in 8 years*
Admission Rate 82% in 2010*
Entering Class Size 2,044 in 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates 77% for full-time students
45% for part-time students*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Mean composite score of 22.2**
Application Due Date May 1 for Fall semester
December 1 for Spring semester**
Decision Notification Date Before August 1 for Fall semester; Before January 15 for Spring semester**
Tuition $3,598 per semester for WI residents, $3,751 per semester for MN residents, $7,384 per semester for non-residents (for 2011-2012 based on 12 credits per semester)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grants or scholarships (51%), state and local government grants or scholarships (30%), Pell grants (30%), federal student loans (67%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 79% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions Office, Roseman Building 2060, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, 800 West Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190
  • Phone: (262) 472-1440
  • Website:

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