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Founded in 1871, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. is a Public college. Located in Wisconsin, which is a city setting in Wisconsin, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 12,484 full time undergraduate students, and 1,474 full time graduate students.
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 21:1. There are 416 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at UW-Oshkosh are considered Selective, with ,122% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 27 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
85% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 38% were in the top quarter, and 12% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
258 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.
210 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
283 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.
290 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.
290 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.
288 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
289 Students rated local services 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
290 Students rated academics 4 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
57 Students rated University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Overall Oshkosh is a decent medium-sized school. The professors and class sizes are excellent, I've never had difficulty reaching a professor about anything. Outside of school work, there are plenty of things to do on campus, including basketball and football games, which are a big thing and are fun to go to.
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh provided a great start for my college career. I loved most of my professors and felt I was given the education I needed to succeed. Professors were helpful, class sizes were small which enhanced growth for learning.
A pretty okay school. If you're searching for it, there are a lot of resources to be found and available. If you're living in the dorms, most if not all of the resources are centralized in a specific area that is usually within accessible walking distance. The website is pretty accessible in finding this out, though it would've been preferred if students were given such information a lot earlier. One big resource I was surprised not many students know about was the food pantry. Its location is generally hidden unless you know where to look and there is barely any mention of it anywhere on campus, aside from a mention on the website.
The dorm's are also pretty okay. Depending on where you live, either they'd be constructed simply and and thus easily navigatable or confusingly that'll result you in going in circles. Some dorms have certain aspects to them than others. Some buildings have AC while some do not. Some may only have stairs or a very limited amount of elevators, which is one of many aspects of campus that causes issues for disabled students. One specific dorm building houses specialized floors for students, such as the LGBTQ, ethnic and racial minorities for those who request it. The community within each floor and dorm varies depending on the students themselves. Events within dorm buildings are only notified via posters, very rarely via email or any other service. During my time there, I lived my first year in the dorm, where they provided microwaves and refrigerators. However, the year after students had to provide their own, which was weird because the staff and facility was not transparent in why it was now the students' responsibility as they were, at the same time and openly, selling lots of these fridges and microwaves.
Getting to classes while living in the dorms very much affects your experiences. If you lived in one dorm, several buildings would be within a decent 5-10 minute range while an essential few would be an even longer one, assuming a student has no external modes of transportation like a car or a bicycle. Similar to the dorms, elevators and ramps are present within buildings but they are so few and far between or placed in inaccessible areas that it goes against disabled students.
Professors are generally understanding of students who require accommodations. Usually they do not ask any questions on why a student would require one.
There are a wide arrange of clubs on campus. However, the general student population will not know what clubs have certain meetings on days. Sometimes some clubs do not notify their members on their meetings. Many events I was interested in was scheduled at weird times such as during classes when it would've been beneficial to survey interested students on when they could attend events.
My experience at UW Oshkosh has been horrible. In 2019, a lawsuit between UW Oshkosh and a former student was settled, in which a professor stalked and attempted to force sex upon a student. The UW System agreed to a $325,000 settlement. In 2018, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigated a professor who “stepped down to pursue other opportunities” and found the professor had actually been fired. The professor had repeatedly exposed himself to students and instructed them to strike him in the groin with a tennis ball. In 2020, the previous chancellor and vice chancellor plead guilty to felonies for their role in the bankruptcy of the UWO Foundation and illegal acquisition of $15 million. UW Oshkosh had its accreditation status sanctioned as a result of the scandal. Additionally, a campus employee apparently used a sexist term to harass a female student. Despite UW Oshkosh having the greatest number of on-campus rapes and sexual assaults within the UW System, UW Oshkosh made the decision to eliminate several emergency call lights that could be used by students to call 911 if an emergency were to occur. For years, UW Oshkosh was aware they had a building named after a KKK member, but chose to ignore it. Professors aren’t required to call students by their preferred pronouns, members of the LGBTQI+ community report having rocks thrown at them, and students of color reported having the police called on them by faculty because faculty thought they were going to commit a theft. During the recent pandemic, people with disabilities were directed they were not welcomed on campus due to UW Oshkosh’s protocols. While some of the professors are kind and some of the technology is updated, I struggled to reconcile that with the horrendous lack of social justice on campus. I never felt safe on campus, and could never accept the racism, sexism, ableism and homophobia presented by UW Oshkosh and their leaders. Students have worked endlessly to try to improve the school, but they have continually been ignored by school administrators. At the end of the day, we don’t matter. I regret ever enrolling at UW Oshkosh, and wish I could have the last four years back.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is 65%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
As a high school senior, we don’t think about the importance of having a good attendance or good grandees. In college, grades and attendance are crucial. If I were to travel back in time I would change so many things that I did in high school and that now I regret. For example I would try to have good grades to maintain a good GPA as well as having good attendance. I would also take APA classes in high school because they would help me on my way to a college education. In addition, I would also advise myself to be more involved in my community. Community service it is important when applying for scholarship; I would try to be more involved and do more community services and give back to my community from which I had received a lot from.
My school has very limited work out machinery, and does not offer very many four year degrees. If my college offered more degrees, I would not have to transfer next year. I would also use the facilities more if we had more exercise equipment.
The University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh was my first choice; it felt like home then, and still does, despite the amount of disappointing professors I've had this year.
Helpful and driven, my classmates are there to help me and one another through college, and help make the college experience a good one.
The school spirit and how everyone just gets along.
Someone that should attend UW Oshkosh, is someone who needs to be ready to challenge themselves. That means they'll need to study more than they had in high school, but more importantly realize that they are on their own now. UW Oshkosh isn't like high school, where you had to go to class everyday, the teachers watched over you and there were rules to follow. Then in college everything is up to you, if you need help you have to ask for it, make sure you go to class everyday and never give up on yourself.
One of the best things about my school is the class sizes. Depending on how many people you are comfortable with being in a class with there are many different choices. You can choose larger lectures with upwards of around two hundred students or smaller classroom settings with around twenty students. Either way, it is still entirely possible for the professors to have a relationship with students on an individual basis.
Our school is best known as a business and nursing school. That's what most students come here for.
I wish that I knew of the many different ways in which you can receive finical aid and not worry about getting a campus job. I also wish I knew how to manage my time more than I thought I knew how to you. Time management is important if you plan on playing any kind of college sports; knowing is one thing but to effectively do it is a whole other ball game. Lastly, I wish I knew how to use my professors’ help/office hours to the fullest and not let my questions go unanswered.
I honestly believe that the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh can be a good fit for anyone. The population is extremely diverse and the variety of majors available are endless. If you are a hard working and driven student looking for wonderful academic opportunities, then Oshkosh is the school for you.
The isolation, one may feel in UWO, can be very challenging. I live five hours away from campus, and I had a hard time making friends and sociallizing in a new environment. There are very few options to socialize on campus.
The people on campus are really nice for the most part and every friendly and helpful. I love the classes offered on this campus and there's great diversity in people and classes.
Most colleges get the rep for drinking and it's true drinking does take place on campus but there are students, especially upperclassmen who care much more about academics than getting inebriated. Oshkosh has also become a much more respected university over the years and has exceptional Nursing, Education, and Business programs.
Class sizes for program courses are like that of a high school classroom and there are only a few large pit classes. All of my professors know me by name and really appreciated it when you come visit them in their office hours. Class discussions are really beneficial and it's a great way to get to know fellow students and professors. The goal of education at UW-O is geared towards I think making the most of one's self in a job that will let one succeed in something they love.
All we do is drink and Oshkosh is the campus known as UW Zero.
I love the size of the campus. We have 11,000 students and it's the perfect size. Not too big or too small. I also like how everything is grouped together and it's very easy to get each building on campus. Finally, there are many clubs and activities available to students to get involved and the majority of professors are extremely helpful and there to help you succeed. My favorite thing about Oshkosh was when I lived in the dorms. I got to know so many people including my two best friends. I also learned a lot about myself as a person and how to live on my own.
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84% of students
attending University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh receive some sort of financial aid.
29% were awarded federal grants.
While 64% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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