University of Wisconsin–Parkside
Since 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has been enriching minds and changing lives. Small classes, a diverse learning environment, one-on-one faculty attention, and a deep connection to the communities in southeastern Wisconsin are hallmarks of the university.
UW-Parkside is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Business Program in the university’s College of Business, Economics, and Computing is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB), and the chemistry degree program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
A proud member of the renowned University of Wisconsin System, UW-Parkside provides students a truly unparalleled educational value. Working side by side with faculty who are dedicated to their success, students are never taught by assistants, nor do they get lost in a crowd. Its highly respected academic reputation, along with its location on the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor, provides students with access to the region’s top employers.
UW-Parkside supports student success by designing custom-tailored degree programs that meet both the needs of today’s demanding job market as well as students’ unique curiosities. Graduates are empowered with the knowledge and practical skills vital to achieving personal and professional fulfillment.
Get to know University of Wisconsin–Parkside
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Symphony orchestra
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
- Gender & Sexuality Center
“As an international student, one of the unique things that this school offers is an amazing professor-student relationship. When I first arrived at Parkside, I barely knew English. And being able to communicate with your professor in a small class was very important for me. And it was very important for learning English. If you need to get around and you don’t have a car, the university knows people in the area who are willing to give you a ride. I am very thankful for that because when I first got here I didn’t have a car, I didn’t know a lot of people, and they were here to help me out with everything.” – Remi Bibal, finance major
UW-Parkside has been active in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity (URSCA) over many years. Students benefit greatly from these kinds of high-impact practices that engage them in their major so that they may be more competitive while applying for their career and/or graduate and professional school. The university is a long-standing member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and an active participant in the Wisconsin System Council on Undergraduate Research (WiSCUR).
UW-Parkside students Chloe Calderon and Durward Bevis worked with a state-of-the-art research tool that uses electricity to perform chemical transformations. Under the guidance of chemistry professor Dr. Daryl Sauer, they are using the IKA ElectraSyn 2.0 to mimic human liver function and improve the safety of future medications.
UW-Parkside physics major Siva Shankar was voted the best undergraduate presenter at the April meeting of American Physical Society (APS) held at Ohio State University in Columbus. Shankar’s presentation—“Damping of a Simple Pendulum Due to Drag on Its String”—was selected from the 90 given by undergraduate students from all over United States, including some from MIT, UW-Madison, Caltech, UCLA, and the Ohio State University.
Calderon, Bevis, and Shankar are just three of the many undergraduate students at UW-Parkside who have the opportunity to conduct research with highly respected faculty. Newman Civic Fellows recipient Bianca Ruffolo was invited to work with UW-Parkside alumnus Dr. Jeffrey Medin on cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin during the summer 2018 semester. There is always something amazing going on among UW-Parkside students!
DIVERSITY AND GLOBAL LEARNING
Diversity and inclusion play important roles in shaping the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. With great intention, UW-Parkside has created a learning environment that celebrates a diverse scope of knowledge and perspectives through its academics as well as its partnerships within its community. The result? Students are assuredly better prepared to be effective contributors in today’s multicultural society.
UW-Parkside is the most diverse campus in the University of Wisconsin System, having created an educational environment that reflects the communities in which graduates will pursue professional careers or advanced study. Courses offered across academic disciplines related to intercultural, international, social justice, and diversity topics support students’ growth, learning, and success. All UW-Parkside students must complete an ethnic diversity requirement, which can be fulfilled through a variety of programs, including academic minors in Asian Studies; Ethnic Studies; Global Management; International Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and World Politics.
The Global Education Center (GEC) in the university’s College of Business, Economics, and Computing is dedicated to globalizing the business curriculum; creating additional opportunities for student and faculty exchange with international universities; developing joint MBA and MS programs with international universities; arranging visits by scholars from international universities; recruiting international students; and providing international business expertise to companies and organizations in southeastern Wisconsin.
“Parkside has such variety of students. There are students from Germany, Poland, France, India, China, Brazil. So it gives me the broadened perspective of how people from not only America, but people from different countries, create their sense of culture. And to be able to understand them, you first have to get to know their cultures.” – Szymon Owzarek, communication major
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 83 | 10-19: 182 | 20-29: 169
30-39: 104 | 40-49: 46 | 50-99: 30 | 100+: 2
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 9%
White, non-Hispanic: 64%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 0%
“The best thing about being a criminal justice major at Parkside is the professors. And we were ranked the number one criminal justice program in Wisconsin. Since the professors are very well connected, internship opportunities are great. For example, they work with area fire and police departments to arrange internships for students locally in the criminal justice field. Parkside hires professors who have experience in the field. They bring more than just what’s in a textbook into the classroom, they also share their experiences from the field—which makes for a unique learning experience. A great organization for networking with peers and professionals on campus is the Criminal Justice Association. You have the opportunity to be involved in community service and it’s a great résumé builder. There are also many research opportunities available to students.” – Renata Parra, criminal justice major
Even undecided students are ready to take on higher education thanks to their built-in overview of so many topics related to having successful academic careers. The Freshman Seminar instructs students to develop their study skills, improve their test-taking strategies, find all the student services throughout campus, explore different fields of study, and prepare for their college and professional careers alike.
ENGLISH SENIOR SEMINAR
The English Senior Seminar course, taught by a different English professor each semester, engages students around one topic on which they read, watch, listen to, and consume multiple forms of media. One recent English Senior Seminar, taught by Dr. Josef Benson, dealt with Afrofuturism, the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science, and technology influenced through a black lens. The course culminated with a comprehensive 20-page research paper in which students analyzed texts to determine how they fit within an Afrofuturistic definition and context.
As part of an upper-level, hands-on independent study course, students from the English and Communication departments are able to contribute to the Ranger News student newspaper for three credits per semester. Those involved get real working experience as they write, edit, and produce their work.
RALPH JAESCHKE SOLUTIONS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH (SEG)
The Solutions for Economic Growth (SEG) Center is a premier vehicle for project-based learning at UW-Parkside, bringing together local community businesses with students and faculty to navigate business challenges through collaborative, creative project management. As students interact continuously with their clients, their teams learn to innovate, compromise, and deliver final solutions that are in alignment with their goals and expectations.
“The marketing major is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, so this is an international accreditation that really only 15% of collegiate schools of business have worldwide. This accreditation holds our professors and our programs to the highest standard. Small class size really comes into play in the upper-level classes, where your class size is normally less than 20 students. You really get hands-on learning while making connections and relationships with your fellow classmates as well as your professors.” – Haley Willis, marketing major
The UW-Parkside App Factory is a creative, professional, interdisciplinary group that develops mobile apps for community clients throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The App Factory provides the opportunity to design and prototype mobile-app services that tackle modern challenges with technology and communication. Students and faculty from such disciplines as Computer Science, Business, Art, and more collaborate to develop apps in a start-up, entrepreneurial environment. This interdisciplinary engagement gives everyone involved a real-world working experience as they earn internship or course credit.
COLLABORATION ACROSS CAMPUS
Collaboration is a given at UW-Parkside. The campus is filled with facilities conducive to active teamwork, including the Digital Design and Fabrication Lab in the College of Arts and Humanities; the GIS Lab (geographic information system) in the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, the Sales Lab in the College of Business, Economics, and Computing; and the SC Johnson Integrated Science Lab in the College of Natural and Health Sciences.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Exchange student program (domestic)
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. UW-Parkside was the first college or university in Wisconsin to earn Carnegie classification in 2006 and was among just 30 public postsecondary institutions in the U.S. to achieve classification in both the “Outreach and Partnerships” and “Curricular Engagement” categories.
“In the education major, you get hands-on, in-class experience right away—you get to go in there and co-teach. So you get a lot of help from a mentor teacher and a supervisor who supervises you from time to time to see how you’re doing. But, right away, hands-on with the students. A licensure allows you to teach a particular subject of your choice. There are a lot of opportunities for you to teach anything that you would really want to teach, anything from music to history.” – Biri Arana, education and Spanish major
Fearn House: The Fearn House for African American men is a black male initiative focused on improving the retention and graduation of African American men on campus. Designed to build a sense of community and connectedness, this learning community creates the space for black men to explore the complexities of their shared experiences, all while facilitating their academic and personal growth in a supportive environment. The Fearn House is named in honor of Isom Fearn Jr., an African American member of UW-Parkside’s first graduating class. For 32 years, Mr. Fearn served as director of the Access Opportunity Program at the State University of New York at Geneseo, providing academically and economically disadvantaged students an opportunity to attend college.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is located in the village of Somers in Kenosha County, set on 700 acres of natural Wisconsin prairie and woodland. Its idyllic campus is minutes from downtown Kenosha and downtown Racine, and about one hour from Milwaukee or Chicago.
With open spaces like an on-campus 18-hole disc golf course, a diverse variety of student organizations, and a reputation as a regional center for the performing arts, UW-Parkside is truly a focal point of local, regional, and global progress.
The best way to discover what makes UW-Parkside unique is to experience it firsthand. The university encourages and invites prospective students, alumni, and friends of the university to visit the campus, take a tour, and attend the many arts and humanities programs or NCAA Division II athletic events that contribute to the cultural vitality and economic growth of southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois.
“Our advisors in the College of Business, Economics, and Computing will actually send out applications from Fortune 500 companies in the area. For example, we have SC Johnson Uline, Snap-on, CNH Industrial. All of these companies want our students to come and work for them as interns. We’re very much in demand.” – Haley Willis, marketing major
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Athletics Department is committed to a balanced student-athlete experience that develops future leaders and active community members. As the only NCAA Division II university in the state of Wisconsin, UW-Parkside strives to live the “Life in the Balance” philosophy by promoting academic excellence, athletic success, and community engagement to ensure personal growth and development. UW-Parkside fosters an environment that is inclusive and sensitive to the needs of a diverse and multicultural population.
As a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), the university and sponsors 15 sports: baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, men’s golf, and men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, indoor/outdoor track and field, and cross country. And because wrestling itself is not sponsored by the GLIAC, the Rangers nevertheless compete as an independent.
Ranger Bear is the official UW-Parkside mascot, and Ranger colors are green, black, and white.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 39%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Special housing for international students
No matter their goals and interests, UW-Parkside students are sure to find their reach beyond the classroom. Each year, more than 1,000 students serve their communities while earning academic credit through community-based learning projects. The university’s academic reputation and location along the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor provides anyone interested with access to valuable internships with the region’s top employers. What’s more, the opportunity to study in more than 40 countries helps UW-Parkside graduates prepare to be fully knowledgeable, active citizens committed to ongoing engagement with their local and global communities.
“The best thing about being a marketing major would be the vast amount of opportunities you have here at Parkside. In the classroom, you get to work with actual businesses to solve problems. And even outside of the classroom, you get to work on campus internships. And even off campus, there’s a lot of internship opportunities in the area. PAMA is the Parkside American Marketing Association. And it’s a student-run organization that allows students to take part in sales competitions, gain career experience, and it also offers them networking opportunities. So it’s a great chance for them to build their résumé and gain leadership experience.” – Monica Geiser, marketing major
The English Portfolio is just one example of the way UW-Parkside encourages reflection and preparation for the world beyond college. Culminating their entire academic experience, UW-Parkside English majors submit papers from their previous four years in order to demonstrate a mastery of their specified learning objectives. This experience gives each English student the chance to analyze their strengths, weaknesses, and overall knowledge gained from their careers.
The course concludes with a final portfolio that consists of a cover letter, self-reflective essay, and an argument to showcase the completion of the student’s learning objectives.
DIGITAL AND MEDIA LITERACY
Today’s digital media industry is blossoming into an exciting and challenging career landscape. Professional designers, writers, photographers, videographers, and other content producers are rapidly creating a wide assortment of multimedia forms, ranging from social media and marketing to emergency communications that utilize the latest technology.
The UW-Parkside Digital and Media Literacy Certificate provides students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and expertise for accessing, analyzing, interpreting, critically questioning, and creating within a complex digital world. Students take three core classes—Media and Society; Children and the Media; and Gender, Race, Class, and Sexualities in the Media—followed by six credits of elective study involving class work, an internship, or special topics within the realm of communication. The certificate culminates with a one-credit Digital and Media Literacy Project and the development of an ePortfolio to showcase the students’ production work.
Rigor of secondary school record | Class rank | Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities | First generation | Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence | Racial/ethnic status | Volunteer work | Work experience
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 470 | 75th Percentile: 570
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 567.5
25th Percentile: 16 | 75th Percentile: 23
25th Percentile: 16 | 75th Percentile: 23
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 23
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $6,298
Tuition (out-of-state): $14,287
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside completes a comprehensive review for each application it receives. Students are encouraged to complete the entire application thoroughly, including the personal statement. Both academic and nonacademic factors presented in an application are used to make an admission decision. Academic preparation and academic success are of primary importance in the review process, with factors including academic rigor, grade point average (GPA), class rank, grade trends, and ACT/SAT test scores.
Non-academic factors of consideration may include leadership experience, community service, special talents and abilities, and personal characteristics that contribute to the strengths and diversity of the university. The most competitive candidates for admission present positive factors in their application that are both academic and nonacademic.
Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to demonstrate eligibility for federal, state, or university funding. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside awards over $300,000 in scholarships annually. Students gaining admission to the university prior to February 1 are positioned best for scholarship consideration.
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