Overview

Dean: Harry Muir
Founded: 1966
Campus: 86 acres main campus and a 92-acre Field Station 10 miles west of the campus
Tuition: $5092 full-time, resident, per year
Governance: One of 13 freshman/sophomore campuses in the UW Colleges
Athletic Nickname: Cougars
Colors: Green and Gold

Faculty/Staff

Headcount: 164

Women: 46%
Men: 54%
Terminal Degrees: 93%
Ethnic Minority: 15%
Average Class Size: 23 students
Accreditation: From the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association

Enrollment for fall 2013

Headcount:  2,155 credit; FTE 1,569 credit; 2,907 non-credit

Full-time: 47%
Part-time: 53%
Women:47%
Men: 53%
Ethinic Minority: 9%
Receiving Financial Aid: 43%

Top 10 High Schools of Enrolled Freshmen

  1. Mukwonago
  2. Kettle Moraine
  3. Waukesha North
  4. Waterford
  5. Oconomowoc
  6. Arrowhead
  7. Muskego
  8. Waukesha West
  9. Hamilton
  10. Brookfield Central

The first buildings on the campus were erected in 1966 on an 86-acre site near the geographic center of Waukesha County.

UW-Waukesha's enrollment has grown from fewer than 500 students in 1966 to a high of 2,514 in 1988. The enrollment has stabilized over the last couple of years to approximately 2,200 students. Twenty-seven percent of the students are age 22 and older.

UW-Waukesha's curriculum covers the three broad areas of humanities, natural and mathematical science and social sciences. Most students go on to receive their Bachelor's degree at other institutions. Others, not pursuing an Associate Degree, often transfer to a four-year school to finish their junior and senior years. Teaching excellence is regarded by the campus as being of primary importance. Because class size can be controlled, students and faculty become well-acquainted and, in many ways, the educational experience is much like a private liberal arts college.

Students have opportunities to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities ranging from athletics and intramurals to the student newspaper, The Observer. Student clubs range from drama, ecology, literary to philosophy and supplement an active Student Activities Committee (ACT) which plans noon-time entertainment, movie/video nights, fall fest, and spring fling. Student Government (SGA) is the official representative and legislative body for all students, and plays an integral role in student life on campus.

Students, through their segregated fee, support services to students such as day-care reimbursement and an extensive peer tutoring program, managed by the Academic Success Center.