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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.

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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.

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The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2013?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 9,642
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Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 9,292
 
Gender
Women 4,833 52%
Men 4,459 48%
 
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian / Alaskan Native 41 <1%
Asian 213 2%
African American / Black 141 2%
Hispanic 266 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0 <1%
White 8,271 89%
Two or More Races 154 2%
International 175 2%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 31 <1%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do UWSP undergraduates call home?
 
Wisconsin 89%
Other US States & Territories 10%
Other Countries 2%
 
How old are UWSP undergraduates?
Average Age 21
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 11%
 
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New Student Applications (Fall 2013)

Of the 4,598 new freshman applicants, 80% were admitted and 47% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in Fall 2013.
Of the 1,380 transfer applicants, 77% were admitted and 72% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in Fall 2013.
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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 21 - 25  
Math 20 - 26 462 - 601
English 21 - 25  
Critical Reading   490 - 598
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 45%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 88%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 83%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.45
Percent who submitted High School GPA 90%
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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: $17,255

Cost of attendance is updated by the August prior to fall semester.

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.

How much would I pay?

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 2012 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

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

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UWSP Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
 
Students per Faculty 20 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 62%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 88%
 
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 412
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 44%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 8%
% 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

90% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
38% 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

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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.

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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 (NSSE). 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

  • 95% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 56% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 27% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 88% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 22% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 58% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 64% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 23% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 96% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 98% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 78% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 70% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 94% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 62% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 86% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 97% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 73% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 66% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 87% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 38% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 89% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 90% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 85% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information

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Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2012-13
Degrees awarded at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2012-13
Associate's 167
Bachelor's 1,717
Master's 120
Doctoral 4
Total 2,008

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012-13
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012-13
 
NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION. 15%
EDUCATION. 12%
SOCIAL SCIENCES. 11%
BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. 10%
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES. 10%
Links to degree programs at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Links to degree programs at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Associate's

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

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Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

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Student Success & Progress Rate

A 89% four-year success and progress rate means that 89% of students starting in Fall 2007 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2007 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 1,639 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 604 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table

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Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2012 that returned for their second year: 79%

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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

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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.

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