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The University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh (also known as UW–Oshkosh or UW–O) is a public university located in Oshkoshmarker, Wisconsinmarker. It is part of the University of Wisconsin System and offers both bachelor and master degrees. As of the 2007-08 school year, the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh was the third largest comprehensive university in Wisconsin.


In 1871 the school opened as Oshkosh State Normal School, Wisconsinmarker's third teacher-training school. Oshkosh Normal was the first state normal school in the United States to have a kindergarten.

The university was called Oshkosh State Teachers College from 1927 to 1951, Wisconsin State College–Oshkosh from 1951 to 1964, and Wisconsin State University–Oshkosh from 1964 to 1971. It became part of the University of Wisconsin System in 1971.

Until the 1960s the Oshkosh student body was almost exclusively white. In 1968, when students protested against the lack of black faculty and black-oriented courses, the university expelled 94 students, mostly black, after using baton-wielding riot police to arrest them. The events were marked in a campus exhibit in 2008-09. The administration at the time has been described as "conservative, paternalistic" and "ruled by elderly white males in the twilight of their careers".

Today, the school offers seven baccalaureate and seven masters degrees in 73 programs spanning four colleges. The college is reputed to be strong in accounting, nursing, business, teaching, and fine arts. Enrollment in the fall of 2000 was 11,770, and in 2008 was 12,669.

Campus facts

  • Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsinmarker
  • Student population: 12,772
  • Faculty: 300
  • Instructional academic staff: 268
  • Grant awards: $9 million annually
  • Student to faculty ratio: 21:1
  • Average high school GPA: 3.29
  • Undergraduate majors: 57
  • Most popular majors: business, education, health sciences, communication/journalism, social sciences
  • Master's degree programs: 17
  • Courses in catalog: 1,156
  • Sections offered: 2,350
  • Campus size: 164 acres
  • Number of buildings: 49
  • Classroom space: 100,158 square feet
  • Computer labs: 47
  • Student organizations: 152
  • Number of alumni: 71,142

2007-2008 Tuition and fees



Since the year 2000, the College of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) graduates have had a 100% pass rate on the American Nurses Credentialing Center FNP Exam.


Senior business majors at UW–Oshkosh taking the ETS business knowledge assessment test ranked in the top 5 percent nationwide.

UW Oshkosh students who took the CPA exam placed the university in the top 10 schools nationally.


Productions and scripts by UW–Oshkosh radio-TV-film students have won 21 grand prizes in National Broadcasting Society competitions.


More special education teachers graduate from UW–Oshkosh than any other University of Wisconsin system institution.

Since 1990, 65 UW Oshkosh graduates have gone on to be receive the Herb Kohl Teacher of the Year Award.

Faculty excellence

UW–Oshkosh has won more Regents' Teaching Excellence Awards than any other UW institution. Four individual faculty members and the English, biology, and chemistry departments have received this recognition.


UW Oshkosh is the first U.S. university to be declared a Fair Trade University.

UW Oshkosh was awarded the Campus Ecology Recognition by the National Wildlife Federation.

UW Oshkosh is Wisconsin's second-largest purchaser of renewable energy and ranks 23rd among all U.S. colleges and universities using it.


Since 2003 the men's club volleyball team has finished in the top five every year except 2008 at the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) championships. In 2005, the team finished second, and first in 2006 and 2007.

The baseball and basketball programs have made several recent appearances at the Division III championship level. There have been eight baseball players to play in Major League Baseball.

The school's gymnastics program won multiple NCAA Division II-III and NAIA men's gymnastics championships before the sport was dropped at small college levels. In 2007, the women's gymnastics team won its second National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championship. The team also won a national crown in 1989.

The women's track team has won an unprecedented seven national titles in Division III outdoor track and field, while the men have placed in the top 10 teams in the nation. The men's team won its first Indoor Track and Field National Championship in 2009, sharing the title with rival UW–La Crossemarker.

The only on-campus sports facility is Kolf Sports Centermarker, which contains the main facilities for basketball, indoor track, and volleyball. Other events held there include commencement ceremonies and concerts. Both Titan Stadiummarker (the football/soccer/outdoor track venue) and Tiedemann Field (the baseball/softball field) are located across the Fox River, making them somewhat inaccessible from campus. Despite a recent multi-million dollar renovation, the best attended sporting events at Titan Stadium are for the two local Oshkosh public high school football teams, both of whom use it as their home field.

Student media

Arts & Communications building
The school's newspaper is the Advance-Titan. The school has a radio station, WRST-FM 90.3 in the Arts & Communications building. The call letters stand for "Radio Station of the Titans." The station carries Wisconsin Public Radio and student programming.

The school's student-media outlets produce young sports writing and broadcasting talent. Titan TV, the school's television channel, for a while was the only NCAA Division III school to telecast all home football and men's and women's basketball games complete with live pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows.

Historic places

Three locations on the campus have been listed on Registered Historic Places. A fourth site, Buckstaff Observatory, is no longer owned by the university.Image:BuckstaffPlanetariumUWOshkosh.jpg|Buckstaff Planetarium

Oshkosh State Normal School Historic District

Three buildings on the original campus comprise this historic district. Dempsey Hall serves as the administration center of the campus. Harrington Hall hosts geology classes. Swart Hall, completed in 1928, is used by the mathematics, social work, and sociology departments and houses the Center for Economic Education. It was originally used as a lab school where student teachers taught kindergarten through ninth grade students.

Image:DempseyHallUWOshkosh.jpg|Dempsey HallImage:HarringtonUWOshkosh.jpg|Harrington HallImage:SwartHallUWOshkosh.jpg|Swart Hall

Oviatt House

Oviatt House
Moses Hooper moved to Oshkosh in 1863, and started construction of the house in 1882. It was located at the north edge of the Wisconsin State Normal School at Oshkosh. It cost approximately $20,000 to build. Hooper moved into his new residence on October 31, 1883. The structure had modern amenities including hot water heat and running water. The interior was painted by local painters Frank Waldo and Gustav Behncke. The house was sold on September 20, 1900 to Dr. Charles W. Oviatt, a surgeon who paid $18,000 for the property. After Oviatt's death in 1912, his heirs sold the house and grounds to the State Normal School Regents in 1913 with the agreement that the heirs could live in the house until June 1914.

The house was first used by the school as a women's dormitory, the first on campus. Because the dormitory operated at a loss, school president Polk discontinued the venture in 1932. After considering dismantling the building, Polk started renting the house from the school in 1934. The following three presidents of the school also resided in the house, ending with President Penson in 1989. The University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Foundation moved its office in the house the following year.

The Oviatt House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

William E. Pollock Residence

Pollock Alumni House
William E. Pollock managed OshKosh B'Gosh. He had Fluor Brothers construction company build the house in 1920 for $19,000. The yard included a three-car garage, garden, and fishing pond. Pollock lived in the house from 1920 until 1937. He sold the house on a land contract, but the house was returned to him after the contract was unfulfilled. Pollock then donated the house to the Oshkosh State Teachers College in 1943.

The college turned the residence into a women's dormitory which could house up to 32 co-eds. In the 1960s it was used as an honors dormitory until closing in 1967. From 1967 until 1970 it housed the College of Nursing administrative offices. When the College of Nursing was relocated to a new building, the structure was taken over by the Alumni Association, who have occupied it since 1970. It is occasionally used for special functions. Notable visitors have included President Jimmy Carter, United Nations ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick, and Edward Albee.

The house is designed as a Mediterranean Revival style house with Italian and Spanish motif. The entrance has an ornate semi-circular wrought iron door leading into a large foyer. The front entry hall opens into a large living room and a smaller parlor. A formal staircase rises to an open landing and to a study. The second story bedrooms are used as offices for Alumni and Foundation staff. The rear consists of a formal dining room, kitchen, and pantry. The building has three chimneys capped with campaniles that resemble Italian bell towers. The residence's exterior is framed by concrete planters and topped by a wrought iron balcony outside of the second floor French windows. The roof is low-pitched red-barrel tile.

Notable alumni



  • Craig Culver (1973, Biology), President and co-founder of Culver's
  • Brett Davis (1999), former adviser to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson; served as liaison to HHS Legislative Affairs, Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Global Health Affairs
  • Jason Hartwig (2006), Vice President of Hospitality. The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino
  • Scott Chicoine (1986), president/CEO UW Oshkosh Credit Union
  • Chris Fritschel (2006), vice president of sales for John Deere, Inc. Inventor of the reverse drag double-track cultivation pulley system.
  • David Omachinski (1974), President, Oshkosh B'Gosh
  • Jamie Pollard (1987), Director of Athletics, Iowa State Universitymarker
  • Don Smiley, CEO of Summerfest, former president of the Florida Marlins and former chairman of Pro Player Stadiummarker
  • Phil Whitebloom (1980), vice president of sales for government and corporate accounts at Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Shane Schutz (2006), Head promoter of failed XFL. Current, political appointee to Obama administration, and champion of civil liberties. Celebrated friend of Jeff Dowd - well know activist and inspiration of "The Dude" in Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 cult classic "The Big Lebowski."

Computer science






Notable faculty

References in the media

  • The fictional anchor of the Onion Radio News, Doyle Redland, is a UW–Oshkosh alumnus according to his "biography."

See also


  2. UW Oshkosh College Portrait (PDF file)
  3. UW Oshkosh Points of Pride
  4. NIRSA Final Ranking, 2005
  5. Final NIRSA Ranking, 2006
  6. Final NIRSA Ranking, 2007
  7. History of the Oviatt House; University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh; Retrieved October 26 2007
  8. History of the Pollock House; University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh; Retrieved October 29 2007
  10. 4 named Outstanding Young Alumni, 2006; University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, Retrieved November 5 2007
  11. Damon Schneider Homepage
  12. The Onion

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