UW-Eau Claire's exceptional faculty and students, successful alumni, commitment to international experiences and sustainable practices, and its many community initiatives are university strengths that make up what is widely known as The Eau Claire Advantage.
Through its strong academic programs and student-faculty interactions, UW-Eau Claire prepares students to compete for prestigious awards, top graduate schools and desirable jobs. UW-Eau Claire is one of the few master's-level public regional universities in the nation with a Rhodes Scholar, and it is among the nation's top producers of Fulbright Fellows
Among the universityâ€™s strengths is its emphasis on collaborative research involving undergraduate students and faculty. The UW System's only Center of Excellence for faculty and undergraduate research, UW-Eau Claire provides undergraduate students with research experiences that often are available only to graduate students at large institutions. UW-Eau Claireâ€™s undergraduate research program has been included in the U.S. News & World Report magazineâ€™s â€œPrograms to Look Forâ€ category.
UW-Eau Claire faculty are first-rate scholars with a passion for teaching. Four Wisconsin Professor of the Year recipients and four Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award recipients are among the distinguished faculty at UW-Eau Claire.
Almost 25 percent of UW-Eau Claire students study abroad, choosing from programs in more than 30 countries. The university sends more students abroad than any other master's level institution in Wisconsin and it ranks among the top 15 nationally in the number of students who study abroad.
UW-Eau Claire is one of just a few schools in the country that requires students to complete community service to graduate. Students generate more than 100,000 community-service hours each year, with projects taking them into the Eau Claire community as well as across the globe.
Students connect their education with the real world through numerous career development activities. Career Services' internship office maintains a file of more than 4,000 internships, giving students in all majors opportunities to experience hands-on learning in private business, industrial and academic settings. The internships also allow the students to connect with businesses and professionals in their field of interest, relationships that often lead to full-time jobs after graduation.
UW-Eau Claire is committed to an array of sustainable practices â€” from energy conservation to a clean commute initiative to local food use. The university was the first organization in the Eau Claire area to create a food composting program.