UW-Whitewater at Rock County
Join the Warhawk Family and you’ll be on your way to a college degree and unlimited transfer and career opportunities. Our diverse students embark on a rewarding journey of academic advancement and personal growth in a supportive atmosphere. UW-Whitewater at Rock County's College of Integrated Studies combines the advantages of a small college with the resources of the world-class University of Wisconsin System. That makes our Rock County Campus your best path to a college degree and unlimited career opportunities. As an enrolled student at U Rock, you're a part of the Warhawk Family - and that means you can continue your education with a seamless transition to the main campus in Whitewater, or transfer to any school within the University of Wisconsin System.
At the Rock County Campus, courses are designed for transfer within the UW System. The College of Integrated Studies is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, so the credits you earn will be accepted by other colleges and universities in Wisconsin and throughout the country. When you decide to transfer to a baccalaureate institution, we will be there to assist you every step of the way!
Tricia Clasen, Dean
College of Integrated Studies
UW-Whitewater at Rock County offers students an opportunity to participate in the arts and offers the community a variety of free or low-cost cultural events. Find out more about the arts at UW-Whitewater at Rock County.
The College of Integrated Studies is committed to its students and their success. The College seeks to provide an excellent education that is affordable, accessible, transferable, and leads to completion of a baccalaureate degree. Furthermore, the College encourages and supports the personal growth students need as members of a global community and the professional growth they need for successful careers in a global economy.
The College of Integrated Studies is dedicated to a robust, comprehensive general education curriculum grounded in the liberal arts. The College offers additional opportunities for student learning through collaborative degree programs with other colleges and universities. The College of Integrated Studies employs highly-qualified faculty and staff who are focused on student learning and academic inquiry. The College's faculty and staff work closely together across academic fields in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. The College of Integrated Studies supports the mission and goals of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and strives to advance the Wisconsin Idea by bringing the resources of the University to the people and communities in and around Rock County.
- 692 Students Enrolled
- 53.2% First-Generation Students
- 14.3% Nontraditional Age Students (Age 25+)
- 125 employees
- 96% of faculty have a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field
Most buildings are open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and most administrative offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours are subject to change depending on staffing and scheduled special events, and the campus may be closed for holidays or inclement weather or emergencies.
The Dean’s Advisory Board in the College of Integrated Studies is composed of both community members and alumni. They bring expertise, knowledge and valuable perspective for program development and campus identity.
There are two primary goals of the board:
- To provide guidance in developing community, alumni, and stakeholder relationships.
- To engage in external review of the college’s strategic plan
- James Plasky, APNP, SSM Health
- Ann Roe, Congressional Candidate
- Kim Lantta, VP Cash Management, Blackhawk Bank
- Stephen Pickering, Owner, Drywater Productions
- Aimee Thurner, Executive Director, Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce
- Dave Holterman, Vice President, First Community Bank Milton
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Rock County
Directions to our campus:
2909 Kellogg Avenue
Janesville, WI 53546
Convenient to students in Rock and adjacent counties, UW-Whitewater’s Rock County campus is located off of Highway 51 in Janesville, at the intersection of Kellogg Avenue and South River Road, just minutes from I-90 and adjacent to the Rock River. A free, dedicated shuttle links the campus to UW-Whitewater’s main campus and the Van Galder JTS bus stop in Janesville.
Take I-90 south to the south side of Janesville. Take Exit 177 (Hwy. 11 West). Proceed about one mile west until you reach Hwy. 51 (Center Ave.). Turn right onto Hwy. 51 and continue about one mile until you reach Kellogg Ave. Turn left (west) onto Kellogg Ave. and continue for about one mile. The campus is on the left (south) side of Kellogg Ave.
Take Hwy. 51 north to Janesville. Hwy. 51 will become Center Ave. in Janesville. When you reach Kellogg Ave., turn left (west) and continue for about one mile. The campus is on the left (south) side of Kellogg Ave.
Take I-90 north to the south side of Janesville, and exit Hwy. 11 West. Turn left on to Hwy 11 West and proceed to Hwy. 51. Take a right onto Hwy. 51 (Center Ave.) and continue until you reach Kellogg Ave. Turn left (west) onto Kellogg and continue for about 1 mile. The campus is on the left (south) side of Kellogg Ave.
Parents often have questions about their student's academic program and progress. This guide includes answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. We hope it will be helpful to you as you support your son or daughter attending UW-Whitewater at Rock County.
College is a time of tremendous growth for students. At UW-Whitewater at Rock County, student responsibility is an important value. We treat your children as adults. This can be challenging for them, for you and for us, at times. We don't rush in to solve students' problems, but we do give them appropriate support as they develop skills necessary to becoming effective problem-solvers. We have high expectations for our students. We also honor your investment in your student's educational success on the Rock County campus. Your support is appropriate and necessary for that success. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call the Solution Center any time at 608-758-6541.
Frequently Asked Questions
Student grades are not mailed. A student can check his or her grades through the online WINS system. FERPA prohibits sharing academic information without a student's consent. Students can fill out and sign FERPA forms and bring them to the Solution Center in Hyatt Smith Hall to allow someone else access to their student information. Each department requires their own FERPA form to be filled out and signed to release information. FERPA release forms are available for Financial Services, Financial Aid, Registrar's Office and HawkCard Office.
Encourage your student to read their UW-Whitewater email, as much important information is sent through the campus e-mail system. We hope your student will ask questions of everyone on campus. People resources abound at UW-Whitewater at Rock County. The Solution Center, located in Hyatt Smith Hall, is always a good place to turn to with any questions you may have. Students will be able to search for courses by using the WINS Guest Course Search feature. Additional information about classes can be found on the Registrar's Schedule of Classes webpage. University Policies and Resources can be found on the University Policies and Resource Handbook webpage.
It's important for students living at home to get involved in campus activities. They may get more out of the college experience if they study on campus, join a club, get involved in student government or play sports. This will help them to meet new friends, get to know the staff and faculty and take advantage of opportunities for leadership roles here and at other colleges should they transfer. Encourage your child to get involved and understand his or her schedule may be varied with these new roles.
Unfortunately, personal difficulties happen. If your student is having personal or family problems, please urge him or her to contact of the Solution Center at 608-758-6541. Professional mental health counseling is available at no cost to students through the Solution Center.
Accommodations vary greatly with the needs of each student, but include extended time for tests, note taking, seating adjustments, room changes and tutoring. Ali Potratz, the campus contact for student accessibility services in the Solution Center can discuss options and plans. Call 608-758-6541 to make an appointment.
Yes, it is appropriate. We do believe that your most important source of information about your student's progress is your student and we hope that you will foster open and honest communication with your son or daughter about his/her academic work. If you would like to talk with someone at the college about your student's academic situation, feel free to call the student's advisor or the Solution Center office. Again, the information we can provide without the student's written permission is limited, but if you have concerns we may contact the student and/or instructors to see if additional assistance or advising may be needed.
The normal course load for most full-time students is 15 credits. Typically, students eligible to be covered under their parents' health insurance policies must take at least 12 credits to be considered a full-time student. A student's first semester typically consists of 12 to 15 credits, usually from two or three general education courses plus two or three courses from an academic area of interest. Your student may also be enrolled in a LEC 100 Freshman Seminar course designed to help new students adjust to academic and social changes from high school.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Rock County is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the same agency that accredits most American universities. Courses and credits transfer easily to UW System campuses as well as to other private and public colleges and universities, with the exception of several remedial courses, which do not carry degree credit. Your student will want to check the online Transferology Lab or ask their advisor to see just what program requirements will be met by specific transfer courses.
Requirements for transfer may vary slightly from one university to another, but most will require a minimum of 12 transferable credits and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.Your student may want to look into the Guaranteed Transfer Admission Program. A student who begins his or her education as a freshman at UW-Whitewater at Rock County can be guaranteed admission to any four-year University of Wisconsin campus by participating in this program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point requirements (60 credits and a 2.0 GPA for most campuses), the student will transfer as a junior with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at the four-year institutions.
Earning the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree requires completing a minimum of 60 credits. Students who earn the degree will automatically meet the general education requirements at University of Wisconsin institutions and will be admitted as juniors when they transfer.The degree requires completion of courses in English composition and math as well as course in the breadth categories of fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social science.
Your student should rely on the UW-Whitewater schedule of classes for specific major requirements, course prerequisites and other academic policies.
During the summer, your student will have the opportunity to register for classes with an advisor. Your student will sign up for an advising session when he or she is on campus for the Student Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR). Academic planning for the first semester and beyond is a process between the student and the advisor. Both the advisor and the student should expect and have responsibility for creating a productive advising relationship.
Students must take responsibility for their own academic success and the consequences of their performance. Students cannot learn if they are not in class. Attendance policies are set individually by the instructors.
We strongly encourage students to talk with their instructors outside of class if they are experiencing difficulty. This usually requires a change in thinking and habit, since many students did not seek out their teachers in high school. Faculty members are their best resource. We also urge students to contact their advisor for support and counsel. Most academic problems can be resolved if students seek help in a timely way. The Learning Support Center (LSC) on campus offers free tutoring to any student and can help with other issues such as time management and tips for working with faculty. Some students are also eligible for the federally funded TRIO program, which provides additional academic support to the students served by the program.
Your student may make the necessary adjustments with no difficulty, but if you sense that is not the case, encourage your student to talk with his or her advisor.Realistic expectations help. We expect students to study at least three hours outside of class for every hour they are in class.
No, we will contact your student directly. All students admitted to UW-Whitewater at Rock County have the ability to succeed and to graduate. When students begin to struggle academically, the reasons are as diverse as the students. We do everything we can to help students identify problems, accept responsibility and subsequently solve their problems. Resolving their own difficulties is an important skill for students to develop as they grow into adulthood. However, if you have a particular concern about your student, we do welcome your call.The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Unless we have written permission from the student, only a limited amount of information can be released to the parents.
In 2021, the UW-Whitewater at Rock County Foundation merged with the UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc.
Our Vision: Inspiring philanthropic support for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Our Mission: Encouraging, enabling and celebrating philanthropy with those who care about the University and providing a perpetual source of support for the University.
Donate To The Foundation
Your gift to the UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc. plays a vital role at Rock County’s College of Integrated Studies by providing much-needed scholarships, professional development, non-budget items, and community programming to support students.
Donate by mail
Mail check payable to: UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc.
800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190
Please indicate in the memo “Support College of Integrated Studies”
Katie Kuznacic, Interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations
Customer service Phone Number: 262-472-1105
The Foundation seeks to enhance UW-Whitewater at Rock County's intellectual and cultural capacity through the financial support of faculty, administration, and structures. Our mission is tri-fold:
- To offer an academic arena where everyone is given a chance to succeed by assisting in the provision of:
- A College financially available to all whether young or old, single or married, whether a grandparent, parent, or child.
- A Campus that unites ethnic minorities, the displaced workers, returning life-long learners, and those with disabilities.
- To achieve the highest level of excellence in instruction through the support of the faculty's pursuit of knowledge.
- To assist in the provision of an environment that is most conducive to successful learning.
As well as providing for students, the Foundation also is endeavoring to provide future learning opportunities for the faculty, whether that is through conferences, seminars, or memberships in academic arenas, assuring that the UW-Whitewater at Rock County faculty's instruction remains relevant and a cut-above the rest.
The UW-Rock County Foundation, Inc. encourages the enrollment of students who will add to the overall excellence of academic and co-curricular programs. The scholarship program is intended to provide financial support for, and recognition of, students who have demonstrated qualities of academic excellence, leadership, and/or financial need.
Applicants must first be admitted and enrolled in order to be awarded a Foundation Scholarship. After you are accepted, you will be given a username and password from the university. The scholarships will be divided equality, in most cases, unless there are special circumstances, between the fall and spring semesters.
Please Note: Foundation applications must be submitted to the appropriate person by the due date as described within the application materials.
UW-Rock County Foundation Scholarship Application (Applicaton materials available January 2022 for next scholarship cycle)
Wartman BAAS Scholarship Application (for BAAS students)
Additional scholarship opportunities can be found on the UW-Whitewater Scholarships webpage.