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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: Narrative Description


PO Box 4004
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Tel: (715)836-2637
Admissions: (715)836-5415
Fax: (715)836-2380
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Wisconsin System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1916. Setting: 333-acre urban campus. Endowment: $23.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $984,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $5027 per student. Total enrollment: 10,540. Faculty: 506 (408 full-time, 98 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 7,317 applied, 66% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 4 National Merit Scholars, 63 valedictorians. Full-time: 9,280 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 754 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 45 other countries, 21% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 0.5% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 8% 25 or older, 38% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, rank in upper 50% of high school class, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $4864 full-time, $202.50 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,910 full-time, $621.09 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4310. College room only: $2480. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 150 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: American Marketing Association, Beta Upsilon Sigma, International Greek Association, Student Information Management Society, Hobnailers. Major annual events: Viennese Ball, Homecoming, Winter Carnival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,924 college housing spaces available; 3,855 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. William D. McIntyre Library plus 1 other with 764,275 books, 1.4 million microform titles, 2,448 serials, 17,676 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.9 million. 1,150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Eau Claire is a cultural, commercial, educational, and medical center in west-central Wisconsin. The city, which is located at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, is served by air and bus lines. Community facilities and services include numerous hotels, motels, hospitals, churches, restaurants, shopping areas, a public library and YMCA, as well as numerous civic organizations and clubs. The city and the surrounding area abound in colorful, natural beauty and offers numerous year-round recreational activities. Local lakes and parks provide opportunities to enjoy aquatic sports, golf, skiing, skating, tennis, baseball, and many other sports.

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