UW-Eau Claire, located on the banks of the Chippewa River, has been an innovative leader among public institutions of higher education for more than a century. UWEC has produced generations of leaders from K-12 educators and global industry executives to healthcare professionals, research scientists, acclaimed actors, authors and more. Blugolds develop critical-thinking skills, engage in transformative career-focused experiences, and leave the university prepared to join the workforce and make a big impact in their communities.
UW-Eau Claire offers students more than 200 academic programs, the opportunity to collaborate with award-winning faculty, academic advising and support staff, and a path to find their passion and reach their career and life goals.
Who are Blugolds?
UW-Eau Claire student population of more than 9,000 students features a blend of students from a variety of backgrounds and geographic locations. UWEC’s campus provides its students with an inclusive, welcoming environment that feels like home. UW-Eau Claire’s commitment to students and excellence has made the university a leader in the Midwest, the U.S. and is one of the reasons UWEC received global recognition as one of the top universities in the world from the Accreditation Council for Engaged Universities in 2023.
Points of Pride
There are many things for Blugolds to be proud of. From students working directly with Mayo Clinic clinicians and researchers on improving patient care, to multiple national championship athletics and club sports teams, Blugolds do it all. Countless Blugold graduates are nationally awarded and recognized educators, business leaders, entertainers, researchers, and more.
Recent Rankings and Honors
Top U.S. producer of Fulbright students
For the sixth time in 10 years, UW-Eau Claire is on the 2022-23 Fulbright top producer list among all public and private universities that offer master’s degrees.
In 2023, three Blugolds were awarded the prestigious grants.
Ranked a military-friendly institution
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has again been designated as a Military Friendly School for 2023-24, this year rising from a silver- to a gold-level designee in the large public institution category.
Over 1,800 schools participated in the 2023-2024 survey and 530 schools earned award designations in gold, silver and bronze. UW-Eau Claire was one of 250 schools selected for gold-award status for their leading practices, outcomes and effective programs.
Mayo Clinic Health System Collaboration
We are one of only three universities in the nation to ink a collaborative research agreement with Mayo Clinic Health System. Students from all four colleges are eligible for interdisciplinary research projects in direct collaboration with Blugold faculty mentors and Mayo's world-class healthcare practitioners and researchers, projects with direct impact on patient care and outcomes.
UW-Eau Claire is where I gained the confidence to travel the world and really started to understand that I am capable of doing great things. This experience transformed my life and allowed me to have two amazing internships, multiple management roles and gave me the opportunity to accept a full-time job before graduation.
An affordable education
UW–Eau Claire is one of the most affordable public universities in Wisconsin and Minnesota, with tuition rates below those of other institutions in the area. UWEC’s robust financial aid and scholarship programs are designed to support your aspirations, and internships and mentoring from a broad network of alumni will contribute to your career success.
What sets UWEC apart? Our faculty and staff do.
When Blugold students are asked about the key to their academic success, the most common answer is our faculty. Known for their robust scholarship and unparalleled accessibility to their students, our faculty are widely-held experts in their respective fields, both locally and nationally.
Here, faculty are found in the classroom passionately sharing their knowledge and experience; mentoring teams of student researchers in labs and on field study work; presenting research with students at regional and national conferences; or attending student-hosted events across campus and in the Eau Claire community.