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Discover what it means to be a Blugold

For over 100 years, this public university on the banks of the Chippewa River has been a state leader in innovative higher education, producing generations of leaders in their own right. From K-12 educators and global industry executives to healthcare professionals, research scientists, acclaimed actors, authors and more — our graduates take with them the skills, determination and knowledge to make a big impact in their communities.

With over 200 academic programs to choose from and the help of award-winning faculty, academic advising and support staff, our students find more than the right degree plan, they find the path to the life they were meant to lead. 

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.

Brianna Gaulke Business Management

Who are Blugolds?  

With a fall enrollment of over 9,000 students, the Blugold population is truly "a little of everything." This unique blend of eager learners come from across the Midwest, the U.S. and the globe.

Current student body is


WI residents

Blugolds hail from

49 states

International students from

38 countries

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. 


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classes taught by a professor

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Dedication in action

Our faculty and staff have one priority — you. They go above and beyond to bring you the academic experience you want. From collaborative research and degree plan advising to internships and industry networking, they have your back.

Experts at your side

Points of Pride

There are many things for Blugolds to be proud of from select students working directly with Mayo Clinic clinicians and researchers to impact patient care, to multiple national championship athletics and club sports teams, and countless graduates who are nationally awarded and recognized educators, business leaders, entertainers, researchers and more.  

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. 

Learn more about our Mayo Clinic Health System collaboration

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Recent Rankings and Honors

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Princeton Review names UWEC to list of best colleges

On the list of 150 colleges in the Midwest, UW-Eau Claire is one of four public universities from the state and one of just five public institutions among the 24 named from Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Learn more about our Best Regional Colleges ranking
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Top in Wisconsin for LGBTQ support and Campus Pride have announced their list of the best university or college in each state for support of LGBTQ students, and UW-Eau Claire is ranked the best in Wisconsin.

Learn more about our Campus Pride ranking
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UWEC among top undergraduate research universities

UW-Eau Claire joined major research universities Harvard, Yale, and Stanford on the exclusive list of 54 universities in U.S. News’ “Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects” ranking.

Learn more about our Best Colleges ranking

Top U.S. producer of Fulbright students

Top Producer Fulbright Program 2022-2023 Badge

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.

Learn more about the Fulbright top producer list

Ranked a military-friendly institution

Military Friendly School Badge

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.

Helping military-connected students

Meet our leaders

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Meet our executive staff

See the names and faces of our campus leadership team — Chancellor James Schmidt and the executive staff.

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