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Welcome to UW Oshkosh!
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UW Oshkosh

From the University’s beginning as a teacher-training school in 1871 to its reputation today as a premier comprehensive institution, quality and innovative higher education have been hallmarks of UW Oshkosh’s success. Today, UW Oshkosh proudly serves as the third-largest university in Wisconsin with a total of 13,500 students, including 1,300 graduate students, and a commitment to sustainability and the ideals of a liberal education.

Our students choose from 77 associate, baccalaureate and master's degree programs organized within four outstanding colleges (faculties): Business, Education & Human Services, Letters & Sciences, Nursing.

Our students study directly under university professors who engage students in the classroom and often personally serve as academic program advisors, career advisors, university club advisors and more. Staff members support students’ education through tutoring, advising, counseling, and much, much more.

In addition to offering high-quality education and student-centered support, UW Oshkosh is located in one of the safest cities in the U.S. in a state which is well-known for its friendly, welcoming people.

UW Oshkosh offers the right environment for learning and for living comfortably. You will both enjoy your time here and be well-prepared as a professional – no matter where in the world you choose to pursue your career!


In the U.S., the value of a degree at an institution is determined partly by the Accreditation that the institution and the department or college offering the degree has earned. Accreditation tells you whether an institution or program meets high educational standards. The pursuit of accreditation leads to continuous improvement in education.

UW Oshkosh is accredited by:

  • Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • AACSB International -- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (CAC/ABET)
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care
  • Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 
  • Council for Standards in Human Service Education
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Programs (NACEP)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

UW Oshkosh is also approved by:

  • Wisconsin State Board of Accountancy
  • Wisconsin State Board of Nursing

College of Business

  • Senior business majors at UW Oshkosh taking the Educational Testing Services 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 of schools nationally.
  • MBA graduates ranked in the top 5 percent nationally on the MBA students’ assessment exam.
  • MBA students rank in the top 2 percent on the MBA field test.

College of Education

  • More than 200 UW Oshkosh graduates have gone on to receive the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship of the Year award for excellence and innovation in teaching.

College of Letters & Science

  • UW Oshkosh is a national model for campus-wide liberal education programs.
  • UW Oshkosh has had the most successful Model United Nations Program in the world, receiving 27 Outstanding Delegation awards at international competitions.
  • The Advance-Titan has won the top national award for student newspapers five times.

College of Nursing

  • The College of Nursing passing rate for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for undergraduate students continues to be the highest in Wisconsin.
  • 100% of College of Nursing graduates have been placed within six months of graduation for five years running.
  • Since 1999, the College of Nursing graduate students’ pass rate on the American Nurses Credentialing Center–Family Nurse Practitioner Exam has been above 99%.
Our Stories

See why UW Oshkosh is a great destination for so many students!

Academic Calendar

View the Official Academic Calendar


  • late August (orientation)
  • early September – mid-December (14-week semester)
  • January (optional 3-week interim period)


  • late January (orientation)
  • late January/early February – mid-May (14-week semester)
  • mid-May - early June (optional 3-week interim period)


  • mid-June – early July (Summer I)
  • mid-July – early August (Summer II)

Intensive English Program Calendar

  • Session I: early February – late March
  • Session II: late March – mid-May
  • Session III: mid-May – early July
  • Session IV: early July – late August
  • Session V: early September – mid-/late October
  • Session VI: mid-/late October – mid-December
Degree Requirements

The requirements to earn a degree are different for every degree program. Resources such as the Undergraduate Bulletin will help students understand what the requirements are. To ensure that students meet these requirements - without making mistakes that require additional time at UW Oshkosh - students must also meet regularly with an academic advisor.

Degrees & Programs

Degree-seeking students earn a Bachelor’s Degree following successful completion of a minimum of 120 credits of undergraduate university coursework (some programs require more than 120 credits). Most programs are designed as four-year programs, with advance planning and sufficient credit loads. A few require more than four years and cannot be accelerated.

  • Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS)
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

All Bachelor’s Degree-seeking students must choose an area of specialization called a major. In most cases, students must specialize further by adding a combination of a minor, multiple minors, an emphasis or a second major. These combinations are what make each graduate unique!

Degree requirements and course descriptions are updated approximately once every three years. For the most up-to-date information on requirements, and to access descriptions for all UW Oshkosh courses, use the UW Oshkosh Undergraduate Bulletin.

Pre-professional Education & The Professions

  • Dental
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary

With the exception of Engineering, UW Oshkosh students entering The Professions complete a Bachelor’s Degree at UW Oshkosh, typically as a “pre-professional”, and then apply for admission to a Professional (graduate) School. Pre-professional students are often referred to as “pre-engineering,” “pre-health,” “pre-law,” “pre-med,” etc.

UW Oshkosh pre-engineering students apply for admission to an engineering school prior to completing the UW Oshkosh Bachelor’s Degree, transfer to the Engineering School if admitted, and continue to complete both the UW Oshkosh Bachelor’s Degree and the Professional degree simultaneously while at the Engineering School.

Pre-Engineering Dual Degree Program

  • Architectural
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Geological
  • Industrial
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical
  • Mining
  • Nuclear

Students complete a BS in physics at UW Oshkosh and a BS in a selected engineering field from the University of Minnesota. The full program typically requires five years - 3 at UW Oshkosh plus 2 at the Professional School.

Free Academic Tutoring

Everyone is invited to take advantage of free tutoring at UW Oshkosh! We find that our best students as well as students who find a few courses to be more challenging than they expected all access tutoring. It's a great way to raise a grade - and it's free!

Center for Academic Resources (CAR)

CAR provides free one-on-one tutoring for many 1st and 2nd year courses and some 3rd year courses, free small group tutoring for select courses, and free online tutoring for some online or hybrid courses. CAR also offers group study sessions, such as Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Peer Review Sessions (PERS).

Free Math Tutoring Lab

The Mathematics Department operates two free Math Tutor Labs. No appointment is necessary to visit these labs for tutoring.

Reading & Study Skills Center

The Reading & Study Skills Center assists students one-on-one with study skills, preparing for tests and finding workshops that are right for each student.

Writing Center

The Writing Center  assists both experienced and inexperienced writers through free, one-to-one, collaborative sessions with trained peer consultants.

Free English Language Assistance

All students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh who self-select as having difficulty in coursework due to the English language may access tutoring free of charge.

Degree-seeking, exchange and visiting students may choose tutoring related to English language skills development or content area tutoring. IEP student tutoring focuses on language skills development.

The Center for Academic Resources has a professional tutor who assists students for whom English is a second or non-native language. This tutor works with individual students to help process course material (e.g., learning difficult vocabulary, making connections between concepts, comprehending cultural background, interpreting course assignments), be understood in English (e.g., pronunciation, presentations, classroom participation strategies), and effectively use English grammar ( e.g., subject/verb agreement, plurals, tenses).

All students who need English Language Assistance must have an appointment. Email or call 424-2304 to schedule.

Student Clubs and Organizations

College life goes far beyond the classroom. Whether you play on an intramural athletic team, attend plays and concerts, or take advantage of volunteer or career-building activities, it's easy to get involved.

At UW Oshkosh, you'll interact with a diverse group of people, build lifelong friendships and have experiences that can change your life. You can:

    • Join a student organization;
    • Attend a Titan sporting event at the Oshkosh Sports Complex;
    • Play for an intramural athletic team;
    • Attend a campus concert or event;
    • Help your community by taking part in the Titan Volunteer program;
    • Take part in additional opportunities with American students.

    View all campus organizations.

    International at UW Oshkosh

    UW Oshkosh offers international-related extracurricular and academic opportunities both on and off campus.

    Campus Maps

     View the 2013-2014 Campus Map.

    Location and Facilities

    UW Oshkosh is centrally located in the community, which is made up of more than 65,000 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.

    The 173-acre University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus is centrally located in the community and features state-of-the-art academic and residential facilities, including Sage Hall, Horizon Village and Student Recreation and Wellness Center. UW Oshkosh features 10 academic buildings, 11 residence halls and 47 computer labs.

    Campus Tour

    "Hang out" on campus - virtually! Our on-line campus tour map  allows you to explore academics, athletics, campus life, campus services, and academic services.

    Computer Labs

    There are six computer labs in academic buildings on campus plus nine computer labs in residence halls.

    View the size, number & type of machines, and locations of the computer labs located in academic buildings.

    In addition, each student living in a residence hall can have up to three wired devices registered to the network simultaneously. This includes laptops, desktops, and gaming consoles.

    Campus Health Center

    The campus-based UW Oshkosh Student Health Center  provides a full range of health care services to all registered students.

    Contact Us

    Office of International Education
    Dempsey Hall, Room 202
    Phone: +1 (920) 424-0775
    Fax: +1 (920) 424-0185


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