Founded in 1868, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is known for academic excellence in a setting of high-quality, career-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs. The campus enrolls more than 11,600 students in its 48 undergraduate, 11 master’s degrees and one specialist degree program. As the fourth largest campus in the UW System, UW-Whitewater had an annual operating budget of more than $191 million in 2010-11 and serves as a regional center for cultural and athletic activities.
The university has earned a national reputation for innovative programs and facilities, with a number of academic programs ranked among the best in the nation. The Princeton Review has named the College of Business and Economics one of the “Best Business Schools.” The Online MBA program is the largest accredited program in Wisconsin and is considered one of the top-25 best buys for distance learning MBA degrees by GetEducated.com. Many of the College’s 28 student professional organizations are ranked among the top in the nation, including the American Marketing Association and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. The College of Education and Professional Studies provides the most new teachers to the state of Wisconsin.
The 1,286 members of the faculty, staff and administration are committed to providing practical experiences that enhance learning. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff strive to extend personal attention to all students, providing a concerned academic environment that is responsive to individual needs.
UW-Whitewater students enjoy a wide range of opportunities. The university has an academically ambitious honors program and a wide array of undergraduate research programs. International study-abroad opportunities are available in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, and Sweden. There are more than 190 student organizations to get involved with on campus.
The university serves as a regional destination point for patrons of the arts, with venues such as the Young Auditorium, Light Recital Hall, Hicklin Studio Theatre and Crossman Gallery attracting a combined 100,000 visitors annually. The athletic department has 9 men's and 11 women’s competitive sports that welcome involvement in Warhawk athletics year-round and some of the biggest and best facilities in the NCAA Division III.
The 400-acre campus includes 40 major buildings, a nature preserve and arboretum, and 87 acres set aside for baseball, football, soccer, softball, track, tennis, golf, interamural, and practice fields. Noteworthy buildings include the recently expanded and renovated James R. Connor University Center, the Williams Center recreation facility, the 12,500-seat Perkins Stadium, the David L. Kachel Fieldhouse, which provides 100,000 square feet of indoor athletics recreational space, the 180,000 square foot College of Business and Economics Timothy J. Hyland Hall, and Starin Hall, the new suite-style residence hall..
UW-Whitewater provides educational services for the entire region, through conferences on subjects as diverse as regional planning, international education, and the status of women. The university serves students of all ages, from grade school academic camps to special lecture programs for seniors. It is accessible, with new efforts such as the Degree Completion Program that allows students to complete a four-year degree in Janesville. An extensive program of evening and weekend on-campus and off-campus courses is offered for those who are employed during the day. Counseling for small businesses is provided free of charge by the Small Business Development Center.
Located in Whitewater, a friendly, picturesque city of 14,622 people, UW-Whitewater is near rural recreation areas, yet within convenient driving distance of the metropolitan centers of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago. The campus is only a short drive from the scenic Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
Each spring, nearly 150 students share their projects during the annual Undergraduate Research Day. Projects showcased in 2011 ranged from analysis of the GI Bill to water quality in Bluff Creek to the saxophone in contemporary music.
A Warhawk paleontology student, Rhiannon LaVine, won a prestigious paid internship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2011, where she analyzed evolutionary changes of a fossil snail among the nation’s top scientists.
Three UW-Whitewater students who use wheelchairs embarked on a field study trip to Yellowstone National Park in July 2011, using global positioning systems and other survey equipment to learn about the ecology, geology, plants and animals in the area.
Professor Hephzibah Kumpaty won a $146,302 National Science Foundation grant to bring students to the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad for summer research experiences.
The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization at UW-Whitewater swept the 2010 national competition by collecting five first-place awards at the national conference.
For the 14th time in 23 years, a UW-Whitewater student won the 2011 Richard G. Gaarder Award for the most promising state student in music education.
Marketing students who poured their hearts into long hours of hard work for the American Marketing Association were rewarded with first place in the national 2011 Nintendo Case Competition.
UW-Whitewater students immersed themselves in civil rights history over spring break by joining a bus trip to museums and landmarks of the national struggle that took place before they were born.
Student Web developers at UW-Whitewater showed they can compete with the best in the world with their GameZombie TV series, which was a top-five finalist for “Best Web Video” in the fourth annual Mashable Awards.
Violin professor Leanne League was named 2010 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
Education professor Guoli Liang, known for his talents in connecting people around the world, received a 2011 Teacher of Honor award from Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.
Physics professor Robert Benjamin received a three-year, $325,580 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study the bombardment of the Milky Way galaxy by intergalactic gas.
Dan McGuire, art professor, won two patents for a stucco formula used to dry ceramic shells for investment casting of high-tech metal parts.
Christopher Veldkamp, assistant professor of chemistry, received a three-year, $334,633 research grant from the National Institutes of Health for cancer research.
UW-Whitewater was the only university and the only state agency honored as a Top 100 Workplace in rankings compiled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
UW-Whitewater is the only university in Wisconsin and one of only seven nationwide to be recognized for its fully blended regular and special education curriculum.
The College of Education and Professional Studies recommends about 350 students each year for their first teaching license, the most of any Wisconsin university at the undergraduate level.
UW-Whitewater was named a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine. The university has flexible policies to help students called to active military duty or to obligations with the National Guard or Reserves.
The Summer Business Institute, which introduces freshmen interested in business majors to the College of Business and Economics and potential careers, won the Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award.
Nanoscience, the big science of small things, is booming at UW-Whitewater as an annual symposium shares advances with high school and college students and teachers from around the state.
The gleaming new Innovation Center in Whitewater University Technology Park celebrated its grand opening and welcomed tenants ranging from a financial business to UW-Whitewater students and researchers.
Solar panels atop Timothy J. Hyland Hall generate about 39,775 kilowatt hours of electricity each year - enough power to fuel the building’s trading room, with its computers and electric tickers and lights, plus another computer lab in the building.
Starin Hall, the newest residence hall at UW-Whitewater, was awarded a gold rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The UW-Whitewater football, rugby and men’s wheelchair basketball teams all won national championships in 2010-2011.
UW-Whitewater jumped to sixth place for overall competitive athletic success in the national Directors’ Cup ratings for Division III programs across the country.
Twenty-seven Warhawk seniors were honored by Chancellor Richard Telfer for keeping their grade point average at 3.25 or higher while participating in sports for at least three years.