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Why UW-Eau Claire?

Boundless opportunities await you

At UW-Eau Claire, you can experience much more than a quality education. We want you to be challenged, gain the confidence and knowledge you need, and be prepared for a lifetime of success. We provide the setting, the opportunities, and the support you need. The Power of AND is about exploring multiple passions in the pursuit of your goals. Blugolds are more than the sum of their parts!

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Find solutions and success

Dive deep into topics that spark your interests. Undergrad research can help you learn new skills to stand out in a career field, connect with faculty experts and see the world! Blugolds conduct research across the country and around the world. Thirty-seven percent of our students take advantage of student-faculty collaborative research opportunities, which is one of the reasons UW-Eau Claire was named the #1 master's-level university for undergraduate research in the country for 2016.

Step onto the world stage

At UW-Eau Claire, learning doesn’t just happen inside the classroom. We learn by getting out in the world. Our study abroad program offers opportunities to study in more than 50 countries. One out of five Blugolds study abroad, making UW-Eau Claire 29th in the nation for the number of students studying abroad for a semester or longer. Whether you are studying history in ancient Europe or hanging with the kangaroos in Australia for a science class, you’ll experience high-impact learning that broadens your worldview.

If studying abroad isn't for you, don't worry! Within our campus borders we offer Blugolds a global education. We bring in speakers from across the country, offer activities to expand your thinking, and encourage a diverse learning environment where your voice will be heard.

Studying abroad was a truly eye-opening, life-changing experience for me. I learned to think more globally and was humbled when I came to realize how narrow my thinking had been. It set the tone for the work I've been doing in international education since my days at UWEC.

Eric Duwe Latin American Studies

A wide variety of majors to choose from

Choosing a major can be daunting for someone embarking on a college journey because it's a decision that molds your course load and ultimately your career. With 80+ majors and minors to choose from at UW-Eau Claire, you can be sure you'll have options to find your path. 

We also have academic advisors to help you map out your academic plan. You'd be surprised at the number of students who are undecided when it comes to selecting a major. You are not alone, and we have helped thousands of Blugolds find their way.

Find your fit in a student organization

UW-Eau Claire offers more than 250 student organizations in addition to music ensembles, intramural sports and university athletics. No matter what you are interested in, you’ll be able to find like-minded people who share your passion at UW-Eau Claire. 

Students smiling standing during club fair


Surrounded by support

When you start your new college adventure, we want you to know we are here to lend support in all aspects of your college life. When you come to campus it is important to us that you feel included, accepted and healthy in your academic and personal life. That’s why we offer a variety of student support services such as counseling, health services and academic advising. UW-Eau Claire is also recognized as the No. 1 college in Wisconsin for LGBTQ students, which speaks to the community we have created at UW-Eau Claire. You are welcome here!

State school with a private-school feel

At just over 10,000 students, we offer many experiences found at larger universities—yet we strive for a community atmosphere where you can form meaningful relationships. You aren’t just another student walking around campus. With plenty of events, clubs and activities, you can easily find your community on campus and in the classroom. In fact, 84 percent of our classes have fewer than 50 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 22 to 1. Teaching assistants don’t teach classes here—you’ll have faculty who truly care about you teaching all your classes. 

An investment in your future

By choosing UW-Eau Claire, you are making a wise investment in your future. Ninety-six percent of graduating Blugolds are either employed or plan to attend graduate school when they leave here. Thousands of our students have accepted offers before commencement. The median starting salary for graduates is $49,100. And UW-Eau Claire has been recognized with some of the lowest student debt in the region. 

A quality education, close to home

When you are looking for a college, you don’t have to stray far from the heart of the country to find a quality education and a remarkably beautiful campus. UW-Eau Claire offers superb facilities, world-renowned faculty, an array of academic offerings and a supportive community that's always willing to lend a hand. There’s no place like the Midwest. While winters are long and summers tend to be short and sweet, it's always refreshing to know another season is right around the corner.

A community for all

Choosing UWEC means living in a place that will feel like your home away from home. Eau Claire is a vibrant city that offers a great college town experience with small town charm. You can choose to study in more than 20 eclectic coffee houses and discover a wide variety of diverse restaurants in Eau Claire. You can dabble in the arts and culture of the city with its 10 performing arts venues and four national music festivals including Eaux Claires and Country Jam. The newest addition to the arts scene, the Pablo Center at the Confluence, opens its doors this fall, and we promise you will be amazed by this state-of-the-art facility. And finally, when you’re ready to graduate and find a career, our community partners will support you through internships and career opportunities. 


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