College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall


The College of Letters and Sciences forms the core of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, providing students with the essential elements of a liberal education in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. The college establishes the corner stone of a well-balanced undergraduate education. Faculty and student researchers have earned Fulbright scholarships, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health awards, and numerous Barry Goldwater and Excellence in Education Foundation scholarships. Over 23,000 individuals have degrees from the College of Letters and Sciences. Our alumni are making their mark across the United States and the entire globe. Alumni are encouraged to stay close to their Warhawk roots. Please consider engaging with your fellow alumni and current students by making sure your email and address information is up to date. Also, add us to your social media mix. If you have specific interest in a project, fundraising opportunity, or event, please reach out to Ben Strand, Director of Philanthropy.

Our alumni’s success demonstrate the value of a degree from the College of Letters & Sciences. As an alumni of the College, you are in a unique position. You are a part of our legacy of high-achieving professionals and can take advantage of many of our opportunities our alumni utilize to stay connected. This includes:

Professional Development and Handshake


UW-Whitewater Alumni have for generations, built professional relationships and connected fellow alumni with employment opportunities. Please consider reaching out to current students by posting internship and employment opportunities through the online portal Handshake.

Does your company Human Resource’s Department recruit from UW-Whitewater? Contact us to talk about ways your business or corporation and reach students early on in their educational path. By sponsoring an event or outreach program, establishing named scholarships, or travel studies, businesses can actively help future Warhawks.

Dean's Advisory Board

The Dean's Advisory Board is a group of renowned and respected alumni from across the United States who meet annually with the Dean of the College to discuss ways to advance the mission of the College of Letters & Sciences and to promote the College at the University, community, and global levels. The individuals on this board include company presidents, attorneys, CEOs, philanthropists, community leaders and business owners. They generously lend their expertise and time in a collective effort to further strengthen the College's performance in the 21st century.

Department Advisory Board

Many departments welcome alumni and stakeholders to serve on their advisory boards or ad hoc committees. To inquire about current volunteer opportunities, please contact Ben Strand at or 262-472-3017.

Giving Back to the College

The generosity of our alumni makes it possible to offer a wide variety of scholarships to incoming students and to strengthen the College's core priorities. The L&S Annual Fund provides awards for faculty and student excellence, as well as contributing to the equipment and supply needs that would go unfunded without alumni support. Visit the Giving page to learn more. 


If you are actively on LinkedIn, the social networking application for professional contacts, you may want to also see if your former department has a group. Many student clubs, activities, and alumni special interest groups of UW-Whitewater Alumni have been set up on the LinkedIn platform.

Warhawk Recruitment

Do you know of a high school student who would benefit from joining the Warhawk Family? Or perhaps a colleague who never completed their undergraduate degree or who would be a good fit for a graduate program? Many of our students learn of UW-Whitewater by work-of-mouth referrals. Share the great opportunities at UW-Whitewater by sharing the admissions information with your friends, family and contacts.

Return to Wisconsin

Nonresident students whose parent or grandparent received a degree from a Wisconsin System school are eligible for 25% off of the regular out of state tuition. This benefit makes UW-System schools a very fiscally competitive option

College of Letters and Sciences Priority Fund

Warhawks give back. We simply could not share the gift of an education with as many students as we do, without the availability of flexible funding. Whether it is a tuition scholarship, travel support, or bringing guest speakers to campus, the gifts you provide to the College of Letters and Sciences Priority Fund, enable us to make a positive impact on the lives of our students.

Travel Study

International travel and study provides students with life changing experiences that greatly impact their worldview. Increasing annual support for travel scholarships, as well as establishing additional named family scholarships is a priority of the college.

Transformative Spaces and Equipment

The College of Letters and Sciences literally spans the campus – with laboratories, classrooms, and landscapes that provide robust opportunities for experimentation. UW-Whitewater students are provided with robust environments and world class facilities to foster their learning and research. Please consider supporting the spaces and equipment fund. Naming opportunities, for rooms and spaces are also available.

STEM Boot Camp

STEM Boot Camp supports students from various underrepresented groups to succeed in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. This two-week-long program takes place before the official start of their freshman year. By living on campus before the start of the semester, incoming freshmen have a head start on campus life, including peer and faculty mentorship and an immersive orientation to student life. The program has made an important difference in the lives of these students as they are much more likely to remain at the UW-Whitewater and to graduate sooner than those from similar backgrounds who do not participate. After 7 years, the success of this program is evident. Specifically, sophomore retention is over 16% higher than for non-STEM Boot Camp students, and their pass rates in core STEM courses is 13-26% higher. Please support the STEM Boot Camp today.

Learn more about the STEM Boot Camp  here.

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Will and Estate Planning

Our planned giving options allow us to develop personal plans that fit the donor's individual needs.  Contact Ben Strand, Director of Development, College of Letter & Sciences, at (262) 472-3017 or to help you define your philanthropic goals.

Corporate Gift Matching

Make a larger impact by checking if your employer has a matching gift program. These benefits often provide a 1-1 or 1-2 gift matching opportunity for employees.  

Corporate Sponsorship and Marketing 

Businesses that have specific areas of engagement with UW-Whitewater, from employee recruitment, retention, or publicizing their products with our 100,000+ alumni, can benefit by working with our staff to create a sponsorship agreement.

Alumni, businesses and friends of UW-Whitewater are welcome to directly contact Ben Strand, who can assist in finding the right area of support for your interests. With over nine years of service to UW-Whitewater, Ben has built programs and opportunities that bring together UW-Whitewater priorities with community initiatives.

Ben Strand, Director of Philanthropy
Phone: 920-728-4294
Mailing Address:
800 West Main Street Hyer Hall Room 305
Whitewater, WI 53190