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University of Wisconsin–Stout
The University of Wisconsin–Stout prides itself in collaborative, hands-on learning. As a polytechnic institution,...

University of Wisconsin–Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin–Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, combines applied learning with a liberal arts education, preparing students for successful and demanding careers in their respective industries. Ninety-seven percent of the university’s undergraduate students are employed or pursuing graduate degrees within six months of graduation.



Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
8,178 undergraduate students
83% of undergrad students are full-time
55% male — 45% female
38% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
401 full-time faculty
102 part-time faculty
19 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
95% of first-year students live on campus
40% of all students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences  
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


73% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full-time, first-time freshmen)


54.2% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Black or African American 2%
White 87%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%

Hands-On Education

Students are immersed in a career-focused education as early their freshman year and immediately benefit from numerous opportunities to gain real-world experience. And, with twice as many labs as classrooms, there are multiple opportunities to participate in applied research. Through a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs, many of which are uncommon in the Midwest, UW–Stout emphasizes a student-centered education on campus as well as online and at offsite locations through one of the largest distance education programs in the UW System.

Polytechnic Approach

UW–Stout’s polytechnic designation and approach to comprehensive education is truly unique and driven in pursuit of excellent outcomes. A student who chooses to attend one of the 3% of universities in the United States, that are designated polytechnic—such as UW–Stout—enjoys a blend of both a traditional liberal arts education along with an emphasis on active, applied learning. They also immerse themselves in interdisciplinary collaborations to solve emerging real-world problems.

Undergraduate Research   

Undergraduate research is supported in a variety of ways at UW–Stout. The faculty-student Creative Original Research Experiences Committee (CORE) leads efforts to bring research experiences to the campus. University grants also support various aspects of student research, including dissemination and travel. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs supports students as they participate in Research Day; Research in the Rotunda; the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research; the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity; mentorship programs; and the Journal of Student Research, which is published annually.

Diversity/Global Learning   

UW–Stout’s award-winning Multicultural Student Services office coordinates support; intercultural and leadership development; and living and learning communities for African-American, Asian, American Indian, and Latino students. The office also coordinates precollege programs for middle and high school students from low-income environments.  

The university offers study abroad programs in more than 40 nations; students can choose to study or intern for a few weeks or an entire semester. Participation in the National Student Exchange allows students to study elsewhere in the U.S., its territories, or Canada, all while paying the same UW–Stout tuition and fees.

More than 200 students come from 45+ nations around the world, contributing a wealth of cultural and ethnic experience to the campus community.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theatre X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

Top-Tier Instruction

A national reputation, modern facilities, and highly specialized programs enable UW–Stout to attract top educators. Many are recognized pacesetters in their fields who contribute to professional organizations and journals. Best of all, all of the university’s courses are taught by faculty members—not teaching assistants—who are genuinely interested in their students’ participation both in and out of the classroom.

An Efficient Education

UW–Stout’s academic programs are led by field leaders who infuse their expertise and connections into curriculum. They also rally their networks to help fuel the largest two college career conferences in the Midwest.

UW–Stout is committed to keeping college affordable for students, offering three- and four-year graduation guarantees, a streamlined and efficiently structured curriculum, fully equipped residence hall rooms, cost-effective textbook rentals, and laptops and software.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 94 230 522 145 34 4 1 1030

Active Campus Culture

UW–Stout is a leader in sustainability and promotes a holistic wellness culture, featuring a tobacco-free campus, excellent recreational facilities, and a commitment to fostering an ethical and diverse campus environment. Students enjoy a rich campus life with 150+ student organizations, Honors College, veterans and ROTC programming, eighteen men’s and women’s NCAA Division III varsity teams, and a large variety of club and intramural sports.

The Pick One program encourages students to pick an experience in which to immerse themselves so that they may get involved actively on campus and advance both academically and socially.

Thriving Social Life

The campus community enjoys a variety of social activities, including comedians, films, concerts, craft nights, casino nights, and more. Students can also take to the stage, exploring the performing arts through band, choir, and theatre. Or, maybe, they can work to develop their leadership skills by attending conferences and workshops or by getting involved in student government. There are nine cultural organizations as well as four sororities, three fraternities, and two co-ed fraternities. An on-campus job is another way for students to meet others while contributing to a healthy work/life balance.

Comfortable Location

Menomonie offers the charm and security of a small town, yet is within easy driving distance of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The city is a “college town” with a variety of restaurants, retail options, and perfect venues for social gathering. The university participates in the quiet and pleasant life of the town, and local residents eagerly support Stout’s educational, cultural, and sports activities.

Campus housing options for undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options X


Other: Single-gender and coed floors, freshman housing, smoke-free housing, upper-class/graudate housing, alcohol-free housing, quiet study, living-learning communities

An Impressive Employment Rate   

UW–Stout’s graduates are ready to hit the ground running in their professional careers. Fully 97 percent of the university’s undergraduate students are employed or pursuing graduate degrees within six months of their graduation, and more than three quarters are employed in their field of study. Such an continuous achievement goes back more than a decade.

Pre-Graduation Career Experience

Professional Career Services counselors provide exceptional guidance for students. Their outstanding network is clearly demonstrated through their career conferences, hosting two of the largest in the Midwest every year.

Most majors require an internship or co-op experience, ensuring that students gain professional experience in their field before they take on the workforce. The Career Services team works with academic departments to connect students with more than 500 employers.



3,445 Total Applicants 
3,023 Total Admissions 
1,588 Total Freshman Enrollment

87.75% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshman Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading    
SAT Math    
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT Math 18 25
ACT English 18 24
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $7,014 $14,760
Room and Board (on campus) $6,624 $6,624
Room Only $4,040 $4,040
Board Only $2,584 $2,584
Estimated Total On Campus $13,638 $21,384


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 ESTIMATED

$10,611 First-year students
$4,719 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017 ESTIMATED

84% on average, the percentage of need that was met
18% of financial need students that had need fully met

$4,719 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,596 Average need-based loan

Professor earns national mechanics engineering honor

A engineering professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout has been recognized nationally for his contributions to the field as an educator. Associate Professor Devin Berg is a 2017 recipient of the Ferdinand P. Beer and E....