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The University of Wisconsin at Platteville is a public university founded in 1866. It is located in Platteville, Wisconsin and it has three locations at UW-Platteville, UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County, and UW-Platteville Richland. UW-Platteville’s main campus is located near the picturesque small city of Dubuque, Iowa and the stunning bluffs that hug both sides of the Mississippi River. It’s also only a day trip away from Madison and Rockford, Illinois. The school is a mid-sized university with over 8,000 students, of whom 90% are undergraduates.

Overview of University of Wisconsin–Platteville

The core academics of the university are STEM and agriculture programs. A number of program initiatives and specializations are unlike most other universities of this size including forensic investigation, nanotechnology, renewable energy, and microsystems. Overall, there are over 40 programs through three colleges. Students will also have access to labs and centers as a way to elevate the academic experience, including simulation labs.

Producing outstanding individuals and professionals is at the forefront of the US-Platteville culture. Part of such efforts is to promote racial justice, inclusivity, respect toward all, and mindful behavior. The school and students are committed to helping other students and the community, which includes a Pioneers Helping Pioneers program that raises funds to assist students during challenging times financially, personally, and medically. To round out the college experience, students can participate in over 200 organizations and clubs, over 80 annual events, and 16 NCAA Division III collegiate sports teams.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 20:1
Graduation Rate 56%
Year Founded 1866

Student Enrollment

Total Students8,271


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,712
Female 2,767

Graduate Student

Male 499
Female 293

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Male 2,106
Female 1,304


Male 1,811
Female 1,082

Acceptance Rate85%

Male 86%
Female 83%

Enrollment 1,507

Male   934
Female 573
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

As a public university, UW-Platteville charges out-of-state students roughly twice as much as in-state students at rates of $15,473 and $7,353, respectively. In comparison to other higher learning institutions in the state, UW-Platteville has one of the lowest tuition rates. Another $12,000 or so will be required to pay for additional expenses such as room and board, books, lab fees, supplies, and more. Don’t forget to budget for lifestyle costs which include online shopping, streaming services, apps, nights out, dinner with friends, concerts, and more.

Roughly 86% of students receive some form of financial assistance to help lower the average net price to $14,611. The average net price is what you owe after all of your financial aid has been applied. As part of financial aid packages, many students will be able to take advantage of a number of scholarships offered by the university including scholarships for continuing education students, transfer students, Baraboo Sauk County students, Richland students, first-time freshmen, and many others. It’s also possible to work part-time to help pay for daily living expenses as a way to lower the amount in student loans required in the end.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $14,611
Average Total Aid $3,368
Students Receiving Financial Aid 86%
Room & Board $7,700

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,353
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $15,473
  • Books and Supplies - $630
  • Room & Board - $7,700
  • Other - $3,594


At UW-Platteville, individuals can select from a variety of majors to complement and boost professional development at nearly every level including associate degrees, bachelor’s, master’s, graduate certificates, and doctoral degrees. Three dedicated colleges offer the over 40 programs, which are liberal arts and education, engineering, mathematics and science and business, industry, life science, and agriculture. A division of professional studies is also available separately from the colleges.

The exceptional professors give students attentive support that provides a small school feeling. This is enhanced by the fact the average class size is roughly 25 students with a student-faculty ratio of 20 to 1. This is a higher number than some schools, but hands-on experience is another central focus of all programs, which includes internships, research, service-learning, fieldwork, and lab work. Students will also have an opportunity to pursue practical skill development, continuing education, and distance learning. Another critical component of student life will be to engage with the local community as a way to learn to integrate into diverse environments.

The University of Wisconsin at Platteville has a respectable retention rate of 79%. The four-year graduation rate is quite a bit lower than the national average. However, the six-year graduation rate of 56% is right around the nation’s average. One reason for the lower four-year rate is that many students today take longer to decide on a final major which results in taking extra time to graduate. Another reason could be that students are taking online courses at a growing rate to be able to work while they study as a way to reduce student loans.

Student Population Total

Student Population 8,271

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Engineering Majors 485 Total Graduates / 32%
Mechanical Engineering 219 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 94 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 54 Graduates
Computer Software Engineering 34 Graduates
All Business Majors 196 Total Graduates / 13%
Business Administration and Management, General 176 Graduates
Accounting 20 Graduates
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields 167 Total Graduates / 11%
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 167 Graduates
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 165 Total Graduates / 11%
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 73 Graduates
Animal Sciences, General 47 Graduates
Agronomy and Crop Science 20 Graduates
Dairy Science 16 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 137 Total Graduates / 9%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 104 Graduates
Forensic Science and Technology 33 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 25%

Outcome & Salary

The university offers various programs to improve the chances of job placement upon graduation and to provide lifelong professional skills. There is a student and alumni mentor program so that alumni can help guide current students in the right direction both professionally and personally. Alumni are also a solid networking source for internship and career opportunities.

A Career and Professional Development Office is also available to help with job placements for on-campus and off-campus employment, as well as long-term professional positions. The office works with students to determine their goals, values, and interests as part of a career assessment. They also offer job shadowing and interview and resume preparation. Employers, alumni, faculty, and staff can also utilize designated services through the office. And everyone has access to annual career fairs.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $56,800
College Grads Average Salary $67,295
College Grads Mid Career Salary $100,300
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $672,950
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,675,950
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $58,444
10 Year Projected ROI $614,506
20 Year Projected ROI $1,617,506
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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