Why choose UW-Waukesha?

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On top of all the great reasons to attend UW Colleges, each of the campuses stand out in their own way. Here are just a few reasons why UW-Waukesha could be the U for You!  

1) Study on a modern campus minutes away from big city amenities  

UW-Waukesha’s campus is a short drive from Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s biggest city. That means students can watch a Brewer game, visit the weekend farmers’ market or enjoy Lake Michigan anytime they want. 

2) Receive personalized attention from faculty and staff 

With a student population of around 600, UW-Waukesha offers a private school feel at a public school price. The campus’ exceptional faculty and staff make sure every student gets the instruction, guidance and attention they deserve.

3) Get involved in student organizations for every interest 

UW-Waukesha has over 25 student organizations, which means there’s no shortage of ways to get involved or find a new hobby. From politics to dancing, diversity to writing, gardening to yoga, students have no trouble finding a club that fits their interests. 

4) Contribute to The Observer student newspaper 

Students interested in reporting, writing or photography can get involved with UW-Waukesha’s student newspaper The Observer. The print and online publication covers campus news, current events, sports and more. 

5) Play a college sport 

Students  at UW-Waukesha don't have to leave the sports they love behind when they finish high school. They have the opportunity to play a college sport  as part of the UW-Waukesha Cougars athletic teams.  

6) Learn new things at the Distinguished Lecture Series 

Each year UW-Waukesha welcomes a renowned scholar or public figure to be a part of its Distinguished Lecture Series. Past guests have included authors, scholars, cartoonists, astronomers and more, and each event serves to engage students and community members alike. 

7) Perform in the choir, band, or community theater  

Students interested in playing an instrument, singing, acting or contributing their skills behind the scenes will find plenty of opportunities to flex their creative muscles. Each production is a great way to perform and form connections with students and community members alike. 

8) Focus on nature at the UW-Waukesha Field Station 

UW-Waukesha’s Field Station is 98 acres of former farm land dedicated to communities of plants and animals native to southeastern Wisconsin. Students can get hands on experience in natural sciences and conservation through classes and events at the Field Station

9) Foundation scholarships for current students 

Students at UW-Waukesha can apply for thousands of dollars in scholarships thanks to generous donations to the UW-Waukesha Foundation. It’s one more way UW Colleges makes higher education affordable. 

10) Earn a Bachelor's degree right on campus 

As part of the UW System, UW-Waukesha partners with schools like UW-Milwaukee and UW-Platteville to provide students comprehensive four-year degree programs. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in fields like engineering, nursing, organization administration or a host of other disciplines. 

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