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Welcome to UW Oshkosh!

At UW Oshkosh, we're doing general education BETTER.  Let us show you how.

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What will your first few years look like?

Your first semester begins with a Quest I course, specially designed for first-year students to get you ready for college life and college-level expectations.  

You will start in small learning community capped at 25 students and receive guidance from a peer mentor – another student ready to answer your questions and eager to help you in your first year.  By your second semester, you'll move on to Quest II, where your classes will get a little larger and you'll start to examine the ethical dimensions of a wide variety of topics.  

In your third or fourth semester you'll move on to Quest III, a course that will challenge you by pushing you out of your comfort zone and out of your classroom into the community. Throughout the Quest sequence,you'll also be taking Explore courses:  courses that meet your general education requirements in math, science, the humanities, social sciences, and fine/performing arts.

Finally, after Quest III you will enroll in an advanced composition course called Connect (English 300). Here, you will reflect and connect your Quest and Explore experiences through advanced writing that integrates two of the three Signature Questions and allows you to develop a professional ePortfolio presentation.

Explore, Question, and Connect

Choosing UW Oshkosh means you begin the adventure of your college education right away:

  • In a small learning community with other students.
  • Connected to a specific professor, an advisor, a Peer Mentor and a graduate.
  • Asking big questions.
  • Benefiting from quality, one-on-one resources to support your academic success.
  • Investing in yourself and reinvesting in your community.

Document the Learning Employers Value Most

In USP courses, you will be making progress on the Essential Learning Outcomes of a college education.  In a nation-wide study in 2013, employers said that your knowledge and skills in these essential areas are more important that your major - for getting a job, and keeping it.

As you collect learning artifacts like projects, speeches, and papers in your ePortfolio, you are documenting your progress toward these Essential Learning Outcomes.  Later, the Career Center can assist you in creating an ePortfolio presentation that showcases your best work.

What will you learn in college to prepare you for for your career and the challenges of the 21st century?  Check out this list of Essential Learning Outcomes and get ready to learn.

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