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Undergrad Profile

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is consistently rated among the top 10 public Midwestern universities and recognized nationally for quality academics and high return on investment. Among our ranks are celebrated scholars and award winners, people who are passionate about their intellectual pursuits, critical thinkers and innovators deeply committed to interacting with and improving the world around us.

Our campus provides a beautiful setting for living and learning. Our faculty and staff provide instruction, inspiration, and the kind of challenge that makes an education extraordinary. And a century of accomplished Blugolds around the world are evidence that lives are transformed and meaningful careers are launched right here.

We prepare students to succeed in a connected world influenced by global economic and social forces. We are committed to providing high-impact experiential learning opportunities to all students, including study abroad, internships, domestic or international cultural immersion programs, and faculty-student research.

We encourage excellence in all pursuits, as evidenced by students who explore multiple passions and participate in career-building experiences on their way to earning a degree. Some of our students earn top-level honors, including Rhodes, Truman, and Goldwater Scholarships that put them in distinguished company. In recent years, UW-Eau Claire has had more students receive Fulbright grants than most master’s-level schools in the country. The American Institute of Physics has recognized our physics and astronomy department as one of eight nationally that are successfully preparing students for careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Our business program has distinguished itself through its AACSB International accreditation—a mark of quality achieved by fewer than 5% of all business schools in the world.

UW-Eau Claire has a nationally recognized undergraduate student-faculty research program. By senior year, 37% of all students have worked with faculty on research and other scholarly projects. Our music program, popular among majors as well as non-majors, features faculty and students who perform worldwide, and our Jazz Ensemble I was honored with the national Down Beat Award for Best College Jazz Ensemble.

Many UW-Eau Claire programs allow students to study, live, and work in international settings and bring international students to campus. We send more students abroad for mid-length (quarter- or semester-long) study abroad experiences than any other master’s-level institution in Wisconsin, and we are the only Wisconsin school—public or private—on the top-20 list of master’s-level schools that send students on mid-length programs. A growing number of education students complete their student teaching abroad. Many students earn scholarships through competitive programs to study and conduct research abroad, and more are completing internships in international settings.

Students also have meaningful domestic cultural immersion experiences, ranging from civil rights pilgrimages in the South to volunteer work in Wisconsin tribal schools to research in Western mountain ranges. UW-Eau Claire is one of just a handful of public regional universities in the country—and the only one in Wisconsin—to include service learning as a graduation requirement. UW-Eau Claire has been named six times since 2006 to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Each year more than 7,000 students generate more than 380,000 community service hours, and the value of their service totals more than $8.4 million a year.

UW-Eau Claire is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and in 2015 was named among the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review also included UW-Eau Claire among its 159 Best Colleges in the Midwest for 2016. In its 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings, U.S.News & World Report ranked UW-Eau Claire #5 on its list of Midwest regional universities whose Class of 2013 graduated with the lightest debt loads. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin school—public or private—on the list. In 2015, Washington Monthly included UW-Eau Claire in its “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings, based on the economic value students receive per dollar.