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University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

With our roots in the heart of the state, Wisconsin's right-sized public university launches students on meaningful life journeys through transformational learning in the arts and sciences. Our open-minded, close-knit community—both on and off campus—inspires students to experience the world unfolding in new ways.

UWSP connects students to the future through rigorous study and exceptional extra-curricular opportunities at a school that is consistently ranked among the Midwest’s finest public universities. Challenging learning and leadership experiences prepare our graduates for lifetimes of global citizenship. From the largest undergraduate college of natural resources in the country to prestigious offerings in education, biology, communication, fine arts and health sciences, we offer one of the most diverse curricula in the Midwest. With a wide array of internships, more than 195 student organizations and the highest percentage of graduates having studied abroad of all UW institutions, we can show you the world or bring it right to your door.


Living in the Pointer Community

Our students and alumni say that the UWSP experience transformed their lives. The campus setting is ideal and situated in a Main Street town that is rated among the best places to live in the USA. The university offers an environment in which student thrive academically, socially and report high quality relationships with fellow students, the faculty and administrators.

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

UWSP is an amazing place to learn and live. Not only will you participate in an exceptional academic major, but you’ll also take part in a greater learning community known for its beautiful location, welcoming culture and extensive resources. With an average class size of 27 and the highest percentage of undergraduate courses taught by full-time faculty in all of the University of Wisconsin System, we offer you the daily opportunity to interact with our world-class faculty. Their priority is teaching, but their accomplishments in the field bring cutting-edge relevance to the classroom and lab. Pointers have developed a reputation as one of the most involved and connected student bodies in the Midwest. Whether you are an outdoors person, prefer a health club setting, enjoy the rigors of competition, or just want to have fun and get to know people, outstanding recreational opportunities and facilities await you at UWSP, including a 275-acre nature reserve right on campus. Through volunteer and leadership opportunities, Pointers make a difference in the community, gain valuable experience and develop the necessary skills and confidence to be leaders in their future careers.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2014?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 9,292

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 8,975
Women 4,706 52%
Men 4,269 48%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 34 <1%
Asian 235 3%
African American / Black 184 2%
Hispanic 271 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0 <1%
White 7,921 88%
Two or More Races 167 2%
International 149 2%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 14 <1%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do UWSP undergraduates call home?
Wisconsin 88%
Other US States & Territories 10%
Other Countries 2%
How old are UWSP undergraduates?
Average Age 21
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 10%

New Student Applications (Fall 2014)

Of the 4,593 new freshman applicants, 81% were admitted and 44% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in Fall 2014.
Of the 1,231 transfer applicants, 80% were admitted and 71% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in Fall 2014.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 20 - 25  
Math 19 - 25 410 - 530
English 19 - 24  
Critical Reading   410 - 570
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 40%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 80%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 71%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.33
Percent who submitted High School GPA 91%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $17,755

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2013 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


UWSP Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 20 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 78%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 96%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 401
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 44%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 11%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 89%

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Campus-based Housing

91% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
26% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

Being located in one of the safest areas of the state and nation does not mean taking campus safety for granted. UWSP has an effective campus crisis communication system in place. Additionally, our Protective Services Office works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide our students with a safe and secure environment in which to live, study and work. They coordinate campus security, including the Residence Hall Liaison Officer Program, Student Cadets/Escorts and the Student Transit System, which safely transports students back to their residence either on campus or within a five mile radius.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Size and Setting
Medium four-year, primarily residential
Enrollment Profile
Very high undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Balanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Postbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.


Student Activities and Involvement at UWSP

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 98% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 98% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 33% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 86% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 31% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 58% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 12% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 24% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 95% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 98% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 75% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 74% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 87% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 95% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 83% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 74% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 89% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 51% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 88% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 92% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 89% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 85% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

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Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2013-14
Degrees awarded at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2013-14
Associate's 18
Bachelor's 1,940
Master's 93
Doctoral 5
Total 2,056

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Business Administration, Management and Operations. 11%
Biology, General. 9%
Communication and Media Studies. 6%
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management. 6%
Psychology, General. 5%
Links to degree programs at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Links to degree programs at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point






Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 91% four-year success and progress rate means that 91% of students starting in Fall 2008 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2008 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 1,608 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 578 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2013 that returned for their second year: 77%

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Student Learning at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.