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University of Wisconsin-Stout

University of Wisconsin–Stout
Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
Established 1891
Type State university
Endowment $30,713,826[1]
Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen
Admin. staff 390
Students 9,339
Undergraduates 8,303
Postgraduates 1,036
Location Menomonie, WI, USA
Campus Large Town
131 acres (53 ha)
Sports 18 Varsity Teams
Colors Navy blue and White
Athletics Nickname Blue Devils

The University of Wisconsin–Stout (UW–Stout or Stout) is a member campus of the University of Wisconsin System. The school was founded in 1891 in Menomonie, Wisconsin and enrolls more than 9,300 students. It is named in honor of its founder, lumber magnate James Huff Stout, and is one of two universities in the UW System not named for the city in which it is located, the other being UW-Parkside. Stout is also the base of operations for a studio of Wisconsin Public Television, where WHWC-TV is licensed from, and is home to the studios for WVSS and WHWC as part of the Wisconsin Public Radio network.

Since 1971, UW–Stout is one of only two special mission universities in the UW System: it provides focused programs "related to professional careers in industry, technology, home economics, applied art and the helping professions."[2] UW–Stout's programs prepare students for productive careers in industry, commerce, education, human development through the study of technology, applied mathematics and science, art and design, business, industrial management, human behavior, family and consumer sciences, and manufacturing-related engineering and technologies. UW–Stout offers 40 undergraduate majors, 19 graduate majors, and two advanced graduate majors. The university is one among a small group of polytechnic universities in the United States which tend to be primarily devoted to the instruction of technical arts and applied sciences. In early 2013, UW-Stout was approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to offer its first doctoral degree, a doctor of education in career and technical education.

On March 9, 2007, Stout was designated "Wisconsin's Polytechnic University" by the UW-System Board of Regents.[3]


In 1891, James Huff Stout founded a manual training school, the first of several educational enterprises he launched in Menomonie, which he represented for years in the Wisconsin State Senate. In 1908, Stout merged the various institutions owned by him into the Stout Institute, which was sold to the state of Wisconsin after Stout's death in 1911.[2]

The school was governed by its own board of regents until 1955, when it became part of the Wisconsin State Colleges system as Stout State College. The state colleges were all upgraded to university status in 1965, and accordingly Stout State College became Stout State University. In 1971, after the merger of the former University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Universities, the school became part of the University of Wisconsin System and has been named University of Wisconsin–Stout since then.[2] In March 2007, UW-Stout was designated "Wisconsin's Polytechnic University" by the UW System Board of Regents.

In 2010, the university became one of the first universities to ban smoking. It is currently the only smoke-free university in Wisconsin.

Westboro Baptist Church protest

On April 10, 2008 more than 1,000 UW–Stout students protested the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), which was on campus to demonstrate following the deaths of three UW–Stout students in a house fire off-campus.[4] UW–Stout students used Facebook to show support for their classmates.

Colleges and schools

UW-Stout is organized into four colleges: the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences which houses the School of Art and Design; the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences which houses the School of Education; the College of Management which houses the School of Hospitality Leadership; and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The Graduate School provides oversight for graduate education at the university.

English as a Second Language Institute

The English as a Second Language Institute is a program that offers international students the opportunity to improve their English language level in order to gain admission to the university. There are four sessions each year.


UW–Stout is made up of two parts: a main campus and north campus, which is mostly residence halls and dining and health facilities. The campus is 131 acres (53 ha) with 24 major academic and administrative buildings, 19 residence halls, and 242 laboratories.

Buildings and facilities

  • Student Health Center
  • Louis Smith Tainter House
  • Harvey Hall
  • Bowman Hall
  • Millennium Hall
  • Fryklund Hall
  • Robert S. Swanson Learning Center
  • McCalmont Hall
  • Memorial Student Center
  • Merle M. Price Commons
  • Jarvis Hall
  • Micheels Hall
  • Applied Arts Building
  • Johnson Fieldhouse
  • Sports and Fitness Center
  • Don and Nona Williams Stadium
  • North Point Dining and Fitness Center

Residence halls

More than 3,000 students live on campus. All freshman and sophomores are required to live on campus for their first two academic years. Housing includes traditional dorms and modern suite-styled rooms. All residence halls are co-ed. Residence halls include:

  • Red Cedar Hall
  • Wigen Hall
  • Hovlid Hall
  • Fleming Hall
  • Jeter-Tainter-Callahan Halls
  • North Hall
  • Antrim-Froggatt-McCalmont Halls
  • Curran-Kranzusch-Tustison-Oetting Halls
  • South Hall
  • Hansen-Keith-Milnes-Chinnock Halls


The university was designated Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University by the UW System Board of Regents in the spring of 2007. [5] In 2013, officials from MIT opened a fab lab on the UW-Stout campus, the only university in Wisconsin with such a facility.[6]

Research centers and programs[7]

  • Applied Research Center
  • Archives and Area Research Center
  • Assistive Technology and Assessment Center
  • Center for Applied Ethics
  • Center for Nutrition Education
  • Child and Family Study Center
  • Discovery Center (home to the UW-Stout Fab Lab)
  • Nakatani Center for Learning Technologies
  • UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center
  • People Process Culture
  • Risk Control Center
  • Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute

Stout Technology and Business Park

Just east of the main campus lies the Stout Technology and Research Park, an area housing facilities and laboratories dedicated to research, high technology, engineering, product development and prototype manufacturing, product testing, experimental and commercial testing, and light manufacturing. Business and industry entities located in the STBP include facilities owned by 3M, Andersen Corporation, and ConAgra Foods.[8]


UW–Stout's sports teams are the Blue Devils and the school colors are navy blue and white. The school competes in the WIAC in NCAA Division III. The school competes in the WIAC in NCAA Division III. The Blue Devil Hockey team is also a member of the NCHA (Northern Collegiate Hockey Association) and the women's gymnastics team is affiliated with NCGA (National Collegiate Gymnastics Association).

As a DIII university, student athletes compete without the benefit of athletics aid or scholarships. Men's teams include: football, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey and track and field. Women's teams include: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, sofball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Notable alumni


External links

  • UW–Stout: Home Page
  • UW–Stout: Athletics
  • City of Menomonie

Coordinates: 44°52′11″N 91°55′40″W / 44.86972°N 91.92778°W / 44.86972; -91.92778

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