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About UW-Eau Claire

Big heart. Big opportunity.

At UW-Eau Claire, it’s not a matter of if you’ll change the world but when. Because when you step on our campus, you step into endless opportunity – groundbreaking research, innovative curriculum and transformative education both in and out of the classroom.

Founded in 1916, UW-Eau Claire prides itself in creating an environment where students thrive and graduate ready to succeed in any and every endeavor. Our history speaks for itself, from our Fulbright scholars to our impressive rankings among public and private universities.

Over my four years at UW-Eau Claire, I became an accountant, economist, triathlete, student researcher, half-marathoner and world traveler. To me, UW-Eau Claire will forever be not only the place where I earned my degree, but also the place where I learned what I'm capable of when I push fear aside.

Olivia Jonasen Accounting, Business Economics

Our supportive and invested faculty are highly-educated and frequently recognized for their achievements and contributions, both locally and nationally. You may find our faculty in a variety of places – in the classroom sharing their wealth of knowledge and real-world experience, presenting research alongside their students at a conference, or even down by our campus creek demonstrating how to take water samples in the field.

What we care about most is ensuring that our students are well-prepared for the future and well supported while earning their degrees. At UW-Eau Claire, we believe that every student can achieve greatness and nothing makes us prouder than having a helping hand in that.

One of

2022's Best Colleges

in the Midwest

according to Princeton Review

Top 10

U.S. producer of Fulbright students

as reported by The Chronicle Of Higher Education

Ranked 2nd

Most Livable College Town

in the U.S.

by SmartAsset in 2021

Jordan Munos conducting research

Discovering her passion for research

Jordan Munos may not have known what biochemistry or molecular biology was when she enrolled at UW-Eau Claire, but she quickly found it was a great way to combine her love for chemistry and biology with her desire to pursue a career in healthcare. What that career looks like, however, has changed for the better, thanks to the collaborative research experiences Jordan had as a Blugold. 

“I still want to help people and be a part of the medical field, but I love doing research and just don’t want to give that up,” she said. 

Luckily, she won't have to. Now a researcher in biomedical science and a member of the Ph.D. program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Jordan is taking what she learned at UWEC and using it to get one step closer to her dream job. 

Blugold Pride

New UW-Eau Claire freshman Lucy Franklin (center) is the fourth generation of Blugolds in her family. Her mother, Beth Franklin, (left) and grandmother, Christy Linderholm, (right) both are UW-Eau Claire graduates.

Four generations of Blugolds

This fall, new freshman Lucy Franklin is the fourth generation in her family to attend UW-Eau Claire. Lucy's parents, grandmother and great-grandmother all have degrees from the university.

Read more about the Franklin family
Students working on research this summer with Dr. Deidra Gerlach are using new high-end instrumentation secured through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Building molecules and understanding

The chemistry and biochemistry department’s new X-ray diffractometer, an instrument used for many purposes including analysis of crystals of organic and inorganic small molecules at the atomic level, is creating new opportunities for student research.

See what our students are working on
Blugolds Sebastian Torres (left) and Nathan Hau at Mayo Clinic Health System

Summer research shapes Blugolds' futures

When Sebastian Torres and Nathan Hau came to UW-Eau Claire they knew they'd find experiences that would prepare them for future careers in the research or health care fields. Still, neither thought a research project would take them into operating rooms.

Learn more about their experience
chancellor jim

Meet our audacious leader

Since Chancellor Schmidt began serving as the university's eighth chancellor in 2013, he has led UWEC through initiatives, building projects and more. He has also challenged the university community to work together for our students.

Read more about Chancellor Schmidt