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What sets UW-Eau Claire apart?

See some of our latest awards, recognitions and achievements.

Ranked a

Best College

for Your Money

by Money magazine

Recognized as a

national leader

in study abroad

by the 2020 Open Doors Report of the Institute of International Education

Ranked 2nd

Most Livable College Town

in the U.S.

by SmartAsset in 2021

A collaborative research agreement with Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic UWEC Partnership Logo

UW-Eau Claire is one of only three universities in the world with a research agreement with Mayo Clinic Health System. Our partnership allows students, faculty and staff to participate in research, drive innovation and improve patients' lives. 

Learn more about our partnership with Mayo Clinic

Other recent rankings

Campus beauty

U.S. News ranks UW-Eau Claire among top schools

U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Eau Claire eighth among the top public regional universities in the Midwest in its 2022 Best Colleges report. This is the 27th consecutive year U.S. News has named UW-Eau Claire a top Midwestern public university.

27 years strong
The Stowe Family Fountain in front of Schofield Hall

A 'Best in the Midwest' school

For the second year in a row, the Princeton Review has listed the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire among its 158 best colleges in the Midwest.

What makes us worth consideration
Best of Best Campus Pride Badge

UW-Eau Claire again makes ‘Best of the Best’ list for LGBTQ-friendly universities

For the fourth consecutive year, UWEC has earned a perfect five-star rating on the Campus Pride Index and again is on the “Best of the Best” list from the preeminent resource for tracking LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs & practices in higher education.

A focus on LGBTQ inclusion efforts
Campus mall with students in fall

Among top schools nationally

Forbes has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top universities in the U.S. UW-Eau Claire is the top ranked comprehensive university in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, according to Forbes.

An especially meaningful ranking

Top 10 U.S. producer of Fulbright students

Fulbright Badge

UW-Eau Claire is on the 2020-21 Fulbright top producer list for the fourth consecutive year, tying for sixth among all public and private universities that offer master’s degrees. In 2021, five Blugolds were awarded the prestigious grants.

Over the last 10 years, UW-Eau Claire has had 29 students receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards — more than double the number of any other master’s-level public university in Wisconsin or Minnesota.

Read more about our long and proud history

Ranked the Best College in WI for LGBTQIA+ Students

Best Colleges and Pride Index Badge 2020

For the third consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire has proudly been named the best college in Wisconsin for LGBTQIA+ students. UWEC also made the overall list of top 25 best colleges for LGBTQIA+ students, one of only 15 schools in the U.S. to make both lists and one of only five Midwest colleges in the top 25.

UW-Eau Claire earned five out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index, recognized in particular for LGBTQ+ support in "institutional commitment, student life, campus safety, and housing and residence life."

Learn all we are doing to make our campus more inclusive 

Ranked a military-friendly institution 

Military Friendly School Badge

UW-Eau Claire is among four Wisconsin public universities that received silver medal rankings in the 2021 rankings released by military media company VIQTORY.

The silver-medal designation is given to institutions that are ranked within 20% of the overall top 10 schools. No Wisconsin public universities ranked higher than UW-Eau Claire.

Learn more about our efforts to help military-connected students