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Chancellor Wells

Welcome to Oshkosh:  Wisconsin’s Event City!

Oshkosh has been known as the “sawdust city,” “Oshkosh on the Water” and most recently as “Wisconsin’s Event City.”  The history of our community, indeed, is linked to wood products and water.  In fact, once you exit highway 41, you are quickly confronted by the presence of water as a predominant feature.

Indeed, it is the water – the flow of the Wolf and the Fox Rivers, the commanding presence of Lakes Poygan, Butte de Morts, and Winnebago – that helped support Oshkosh’s key role in the lumber industry.

This contemporary view of Oshkosh as Wisconsin’s Event City emphasizes access to water, high quality of life, excellent schools and a broad sense of pride and community purpose that places Oshkosh in a very prominent role in the Fox Valley and Wisconsin’s New North.  In fact, recently completed market research finds that when people think about Oshkosh, they think about events.  Our community hosts hundreds of events each year – from aviation, to music, to museum exhibitions and other classical performances.  The diversity of events – their accessibility and affordability – help make Oshkosh a destination of choice for state, regional, national, and international visitors and guests.

As the state’s third-largest university, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has a special role as a key partner in Wisconsin’s Event City.  Our campus has a rich history of collaboration with the community, hosting events that showcase the knowledge, imagination, diversity, arts and athletics of Wisconsin’s New North. From conferences to concerts to athletics competitions, UW Oshkosh is the community’s premier sponsor of year-round local, regional and national events.

UW Oshkosh is nestled in a very compact campus setting adjacent to the Fox River and is a distinctive part of our central city core.   We are a university on the move, with many exciting capital projects and improvements rapidly transforming our campus in the span of a single generation of students.  If you think that UW Oshkosh is fixed in an environment circa 1970, we know you will be pleasantly surprised.

With more than 80,000 alumni and a current enrollment in excess of 13,600 students, UW Oshkosh is the state’s third-largest educational institution. 

We are Wisconsin’s second-fastest growing university characterized by six consecutive years of historic enrollment growth resulting in four consecutive years of record breaking graduating classes.  

Our broader community – Oshkosh and the Fox Valley region – are part of Wisconsin’s New North.  This is a strong, robust and economically diverse region.  Since 2001, the publicly supported institutions of higher education in northeast Wisconsin are organized and engaged through NEW ERA, the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance.   NEW ERA is also a founding member of New North, Inc., a regional economic development organization.  UW Oshkosh is pleased to host the region’s fifth economic summit later this fall - Friday, December 3.  

UW Oshkosh is the proud host of the October meeting of the UW System Board of Regents.  When you visit campus, you will see the many reasons why we know our future is one of continued progress and excellence. We are certain you will enjoy your campus visit!

Chancellor Richard H. Wells

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