The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (also known as UW–Eau Claire, UWEC or simply Eau Claire) is a public liberal arts university located in Eau Claire,Wisconsin
Part of the University of Wisconsin System, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is categorized as a postbaccalaureate comprehensive institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. With a student enrollment of more than 10,000 and an annual budget approaching 200 million dollars, UW-Eau Claire is the largest of the four postsecondary schools in the city.
The campus consists of 28 major buildings spanning 333 acres (135 ha). An additional 168 acres (68 ha) of forested land is used for environmental research. UWEC has been called “Wisconsin’s most beautiful campus” because of its location on an “especially attractive portion” of the Chippewa River in the Chippewa Valley.
The university is affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). The student body’s mascot is Blu the Blugold.
Eau Claire is organized into four colleges: the College of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Sciences, and the College of Nursing. The school offers about 80 undergraduate concentrations and 14 graduate concentrations. The university offers master’s degrees in business, communication, education,English, history, and psychology, and a doctoral degree in nursing practice. Enrollment is approximately 11,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Eau Claire’s academic programs operate on a semester calendar.
The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1950. Other agencies also fully accredit specific programs.
Students are required to show competency in mathematics, English, a foreign language and foreign cultures. Courses that deal with issues relating to diversity are also required. Students are also required to take a “service-learning” course where they engage in charitable work with the Eau Claire community. Service-learning “is intended to provide students with an opportunity to serve their community, apply knowledge gained in the classroom, enhance their critical thinking skills, and become informed, ethical, responsible, and active citizens.”
The Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration was established at UW-Eau Claire to encourage students to incorporate “research into their undergraduate experience.” Students working with faculty publish papers in academic journals. Eau Claire’s faculty/student research program has been nationally recognized.