Get to Know UWO
With more than 13,900 students, 60 undergraduate majors, 160 student organizations, intramurals, clubs and more, it’s easy to get involved and find opportunities at UW Oshkosh. Plus, our 1,700 faculty, staff and support team members are available to help each student achieve a successful academic experience. Whether interested in photography or writing, recycling or public speaking, being a nurse or haven’t yet decided, there is something for everyone at UW Oshkosh.
College is about learning — in the classroom and beyond.
Inside UW Oshkosh
The City of Oshkosh
UW Oshkosh is centrally located in the community, which is made up of more than 66,500 people. Oshkosh is a city on the water and has a river running through campus, offering opportunities for kayaking, water sport entertainment, fishing, sailing and more.
Downtown Oshkosh, less than one mile from campus, offers bistro-style coffee houses, dining, shopping and more. The Paine Art Center and Gardens, the Grand Opera House and the Leach Amphitheater, all within walking distance from campus, offer unique and accessible cultural and artistic performances and exhibitions. Oshkosh also is home to country and rock music festivals, which attract national artists each year, as well one of the world's largest aviation extravaganzas.
Arts and Culture
For those interested in the arts, the Paine Art Center and Gardens and Grand Opera House offer unique cultural and theatrical events and presentations. Attracting more than 800,000 people, Oshkosh is renowned for its Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture and Museum, the world’s largest aviation celebration.
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Within a half-hour drive from campus, you can attend a Broadway show at Appleton’s world-class Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (PAC), visit the premier shopping center, Fox River Mall, or catch a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball game, a minor league affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
An hour drive from campus, Green Bay offers additional entertainment options. Students can attend a major musical or theatrical performance at the Resch Center or Meyer Theatre, or enjoy a Green Bay Packers football game at historic Lambeau Field.
Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago
For day or weekend trips, Oshkosh is conveniently located within a two-hour drive of Milwaukee and Madison and within a three-hour drive of Chicago. These bigger cities offer a plethora of things to do — from attending sporting events and concerts to visiting museums and experiencing downtown shopping.
Renewed Future: Green Campus
A regional and national leader in sustainability, we are committed to addressing issues concerning campus sustainability and reducing the University's environmental footprint through education and green initiatives. Our innovations in sustainability and renewable energy, such as reducing consumption and waste, building cutting-edge biodigesters, instituting green building and purchasing recycled products, have been and will continue to be integrated throughout campus and the community.
For two consecutive years, The Princeton Review has named UW Oshkosh one of the country's leading green campuses. The construction of Sage Hall, UW Oshkosh's newest academic building, and Horizon Village, a new suite-style residence hall, follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. UW Oshkosh completed the nation's first-of-its-kind dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester, which converts food waste from Reeve Union, plant waste and cardboard to energy. UW Oshkosh also is the first campus in the U.S. to be declared a Fair Trade University and has more solar thermal panels, to generate heat, than any other state institution.
Students can get involved with green initiatives by utilizing the Zimride network, which partners students, faculty and staff to share rides. There also are many clubs and organizations with a sustainability focus for students to get involved in such as the garden club, food committee and the campus sustainability council, as well as activities like Recyclemania and Earth Week.