Our 150-year story of excellence and opportunity

In 2021, we honored our long tradition of excellence and opportunity as we marked our 150th anniversary with a sesquicentennial celebration. Since our inception in 1871 as the Oshkosh Normal School for teacher training, our dedication to quality and innovative higher education has been a hallmark of our success as a premier comprehensive institution. Over the decades, our name has changed several times and our educational focus has expanded to meet the needs of students in our region and beyond.


Land Acknowledgement


We acknowledge the original inhabitants of this area, the Menominee and the Ho-Chunk nations. This land encompasses the three campuses of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Lake Winnebago region. Please take a moment to honor these ancestral grounds and celebrate the resilience and strength that all Indigenous people have shown worldwide.

Sesquicentennial News

150 for 150: Relive UWO’s celebratory sesquicentennial year in photos

Students plan Black Thursday event for UWO’s sesquicentennial

Art department hosts two alumni events Nov. 11 in honor of UWO’s sesquicentennial

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