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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Narrative Description


800 West Main St.
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
Tel: (262)472-1234
Admissions: (262)472-1440
Fax: (262)472-1515
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. Founded 1868. Setting: 385-acre small town campus with easy access to Milwaukee. Endowment: $9.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $541,733. Educational spending 2003-04: $4305 per student. Total enrollment: 10,938. Faculty: 503 (380 full-time, 123 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 5,561 applied, 71% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 34% from top quarter, 81% from top half. Full-time: 8,708 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 825 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 26 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 4% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 10% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: SAT or ACT. Required for some: recommendations, SAT or ACT. Placement: SAT Subject Tests required for some. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. One-time mandatory fee: $100. State resident tuition: $4370 full-time, $186 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,965 full-time, $663 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $710 full-time, $28.75 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4210. College room only: $2460. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 125 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 4% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Finance Association, American Marketing Association, Black Student Union, Golden Key, Wisconsin Education Association. Major annual events: Homecoming Week, Student Open Education Fair. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. 3,800 college housing spaces available; 3,694 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Andersen Library with 683,564 books, 1.2 million microform titles, 4,164 serials, 18,277 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.2 million. 1,300 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:

UW-Whitewater is located in a city of 12,000 near the scenic beauty of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. It is a one-hour drive from Madison and Milwaukee, and a two-hour drive from Chicago. The area around Whitewater offers lakes, recreation, cross country skiing, backpacking, hiking, and other forms of outdoor activity. The campus is within walking distance of 2 shopping areas and a city park is adjacent to the campus.

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