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About the University

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a comprehensive, four-year public institution of higher education founded in 1866. With tuition that ranks among the lowest for four-year colleges in the University of Wisconsin System, students receive a first-class education for a lot less. At UW-Platteville, students will find the advantages of a large university—challenging academics, opportunities for undergraduate research, state-of-the-art labs and facilities, renowned faculty, and notable alumni—combined with the benefits of a small, supportive, and safe environment.

The average class size is around 25 students, meaning that professors know students’ names, and students won’t find themselves at the back of a lecture hall with a teaching assistant at the front. All classes are taught by faculty who are leaders in their field and accessible to students, in and out of the classroom.

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields

Dennis J. Shields, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, joined the Pioneer community in 2010 and is the 14th chief executive of the university.

UW-Platteville History

Founded in 1866, UW-Platteville has been excelling in education for more than 150 years. Read about our history, from the Platteville Academy to the Normal College and Mining School and what led to the formation of UW-Platteville in 1971.

Visiting Campus

A welcoming small town, Platteville offers the perfect environment for learning, growing, and having fun. The City of Platteville is a friendly community of approximately 11,000 residents. Nestled in the scenic Southwest corner of Wisconsin, Platteville is located less than 30 miles from both the Illinois and Iowa borders.

Branch Campuses

In fall 2017, UW System announced the collaborative integration of UW-Platteville with its new branch campuses, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County and UW-Richland, which took effect July 1, 2018.

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About UW-Platteville

Quick Facts, Fall 2018

  • Founded: 1866
  • Campus: 821 acres
    • 400-acre education/research farm
    • 20 academic/services buildings
    • 13 residential facilities
  • Undergraduate programs:
    • 41 Majors
    • 66 Minors
    • 17 Pre-Professional
  • Graduate programs: 2
  • Online programs:
    • 2 undergraduate
    • 5 graduate

  • Total enrollment: 7,979*
    • Undergraduate: 7,170
    • Graduate: 809
  • Student/faculty ratio: 20:1
  • Average class size: 25
  • Freshman to sophomore retention rate: 77%
  • Student clubs and organizations: 200+

*All data is from the 10th Day Enrollment Reports in the UW-Platteville Business Intelligence environment. Data reported is based on enrollment as of the 10th day of term with the exception of students enrolled solely in print-based distance learning courses.