University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh

University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh logo.png
Established 1871
Type State university
Chancellor Richard H. Wells
Students 13,002 (2009)[1]
Undergraduates 11,605 (2008)[1]
Postgraduates 1,397 (2008)[1]
Location Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Campus Urban, 136 acres (55 ha)
Colors Black, Gold & White
Nickname Titans

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (also known as UW Oshkosh) is a public university in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. It is part of the University of Wisconsin System and offers both bachelor and master degrees. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is the third-largest university in Wisconsin.[2]



In 1871 the school opened as Oshkosh State Normal School, Wisconsin's third teacher-training school. Oshkosh Normal was the first state normal school in the United States to have a kindergarten.

The university was called Oshkosh State Teachers College from 1927 to 1951, Wisconsin State College–Oshkosh from 1951 to 1964, and Wisconsin State University–Oshkosh from 1964 to 1971. It became part of the University of Wisconsin System in 1971.

Until the 1960s the Oshkosh student body was almost exclusively white. In 1968, when students protested against the lack of black faculty and black-oriented courses, the university expelled 94 students, mostly black, after using baton-wielding riot police to arrest them. The events were marked in a campus exhibit in 2008-09. The administration at the time has been described as "conservative, paternalistic" and "ruled by elderly white males in the twilight of their careers".[3]

The university has been expanding in capacity and infrastructure. Student population and campus changed little through the 1980s and 1990s. Since 2005, the institution has undertaken several green building projects and a Growth Agenda for new programs, faculty hiring and increased student population.

In 2007, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center added a popular student-funded facility to the university waterfront, which has garnered an Innovative Architecture and Design award from Recreation Management Magazine.[4]

In 2010, the campus opened a refurbished dining hall as its new Student Success Center. The building consolidated student services into a single location. It is designed to be one of the most energy efficient buildings in the state, with a geothermal ground source heating system installed beneath a nearby parking lot.

The campus has three major buildings under construction in 2010. A new academic building, the first since 1971, will house the College of Business and allied departments from the College of Letters and Science, including Psychology, Geography, and Environmental Studies. It is designed to use less than half the energy of similar buildings on campus, and to generate 10% of its energy from renewable technologies.[5] A new residence hall will replace three older buildings to provide suite-style accommodations. The building will have numerous green building features, including geothermal and solar technologies.[6] The third facility is the first commercial-scale dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester in the Americas, a waste-to-energy plant that will produce up to 10% of the campus electricity and heat.[7]

Today, the school offers seven baccalaureate, seven masters, and one doctorate degrees in 73 programs spanning four colleges. The college is reputed to be strong in accounting, nursing, business, teaching, and fine arts.

Campus facts

  • Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Student population: 13,002
  • Faculty: 300
  • Instructional academic staff: 268
  • Grant awards: $9 million annually
  • Student to faculty ratio: 21:1
  • Average high school GPA: 3.29
  • Undergraduate majors: 57
  • Most popular majors: business, education, health sciences, communication/journalism, social sciences[8]
  • Master's degree programs: 17
  • Doctoral programs: 1
  • Courses in catalog: 1,156
  • Sections offered: 2,350
  • Campus size: 136 acres (55 ha)
  • Number of buildings: 49
  • Classroom space: 100,158 square feet (9,305.0 m2)
  • Computer labs: 47
  • Student organizations: 152
  • Number of alumni: 71,142
  • Library: Polk Library is a collection of over 1 million works in book, audiovisual, government publication, microform, and bound journal forms.[citation needed] The physical building takes up three floors divided into North and South sections. The basement of the building contains offices, classrooms, testing services and an instructional lab for staff.


2010: Ranked 35th nationally in Sierra Magazine's Cool Schools survey

2010: Named in the Princeton Review "Guide to 286 Green Colleges"

2010: Named “Best for Vets” by Military Times EDGE magazine, ranked first in the state and 36th in the nation.

2009: People, Possibilities and Progress Award from the NEW North, an 18-county economic development organization.

Governor's Top Special Minority Business Award for the past three years.

More Regents' Teaching Excellence Awards than any other UW institution, including four individual faculty members and the departments of English, Biology, and Chemistry.

Since 2000, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) graduates have a 100% pass rate on the American Nurses Credentialing Center FNP Exam.

Senior business majors at UW Oshkosh taking the ETS business knowledge assessment test ranked in the top 5 percent nationwide.

Students who took the CPA exam placed the university in the top 10 schools nationally.

Radio-TV-film students have won 21 grand prizes in National Broadcasting Society competitions.

Athletes have won 39 national championships, including 24 NCAA Division III competitions.

The Advance-Titan has won the top national award for student newspapers five times.

Second-largest purchaser of renewable energy in Wisconsin, ranks 23rd among all U.S. colleges and universities.[9]


Titan Stadium

Since 2003 the men's club volleyball team has finished in the top five every year except 2008 at the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) championships. In 2005, the team finished second,[10] and first in 2006[11],2007 and 2011.[12]

The baseball program appeared in 5 Division III championship games between 1985 and 1994.[13] There have been eight Titans players to play in Major League Baseball: Jim Magnuson, Dan Neumeier, Jim Gantner, Dorian "Doe" Boyland, Gary Varsho, Terry Jorgensen, Jarrod Washburn, and Jack Taschner.

The men's basketball program was in the NAIA Men's Basketball Championships in 1960, 1963, 1967, and 1968;[14] and the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship in 1996-1998, and 2002-2003.[15]

The women's basketball program played in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship every year from 1990–1992, and again from 1994-2000. In 1995, they reached the Final Four, and the following year, won the tournament entirely.[16]

The women's gymnastics program won the AIAW Championship for Division III in 1980, the NAIA national women's gymnastics championship in 1986, and National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championships in 1989 and 2007.

The men's gymnastics program won NAIA gymnastics championships under Titans Hall of Fame coach Ken Allen in 1973, 1974, and then 5 straight years from 1978 to 1982. In addition, they won the NCAA Men's Gymnastics championship in Division II in 1980, 1981, and 1982, before the two divisions were merged in 1984.[17]

The women's track and field team has won the Division III outdoor championship in 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2006, and 2007. They won the Division III indoor championship in 1994, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011.

The women's cross country team won the NCAA Division III Championship in 1987, 1988, 1991, and 1996, and were runner-ups in 1989, 1990, and 1995.[18]

The men's track and field team won both the Division III Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2009.

The men's cross country team won the NCAA Division III Championship in 1988, 1989, 1990, and 2002.[19]

The women's softball program went to the World Series in 1988. They also made NCAA tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008 coming up one game short of the World Series after losing the regional championship game to conference rival Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Since Cindy Suess took over the program in 2005, the titans have won an average of 27 games per season and have yet to record a losing season.

The main on-campus sports facility is Kolf Sports Center, which contains facilities for basketball, indoor track, and volleyball. Other events held there include commencement ceremonies, concerts, and regional conventions. Both Titan Stadium (the football/soccer/outdoor track venue) and Tiedemann Field (the baseball/softball field) are located across the Fox River, 1.3 miles from campus. A recent multi-million dollar renovation was completed with support of the Oshkosh community. The best attended sporting events at Titan Stadium are for the two Oshkosh public high school football teams that use it as their home field.

Student media

Arts & Communications building

The school's newspaper is the Advance-Titan. The school has a radio station, WRST-FM 90.3 which is located in the Arts & Communications building. The call letters stand for "Radio Station of the Titans." The station carries Wisconsin Public Radio and student programming.

The school's student-media outlets produce young sports writing and broadcasting talent. Titan TV, the school's television channel, for a while was the only NCAA Division III school to telecast all home football and men's and women's basketball games complete with live pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows.

Historic places

Three locations on the campus have been listed on Registered Historic Places.

Oshkosh State Normal School Historic District

Three buildings on the original campus comprise this historic district. Dempsey Hall serves as the administration center of the campus. Harrington Hall hosts geology classes. Swart Hall, completed in 1928, is used by the mathematics, social work, and sociology departments and houses the Center for Economic Education. It was originally used as a lab school where student teachers taught kindergarten through ninth grade students.

Oviatt House

Oviatt House

Moses Hooper moved to Oshkosh in 1863, and started construction of the house in 1882. It was located at the north edge of the Wisconsin State Normal School at Oshkosh. It cost approximately $20,000 to build. Hooper moved into his new residence on October 31, 1883. The structure had modern amenities including hot water heat and running water. The interior was painted by local painters Frank Waldo and Gustav Behncke. The house was sold on September 20, 1900 to Dr. Charles W. Oviatt, a surgeon who paid $18,000 for the property. After Oviatt's death in 1912, his heirs sold the house and grounds to the State Normal School Regents in 1913 with the agreement that the heirs could live in the house until June 1914.[20]

The house was first used by the school as a women's dormitory, the first on campus. Because the dormitory operated at a loss, school president Polk discontinued the venture in 1932. After considering dismantling the building, Polk started renting the house from the school in 1934. The following three presidents of the school also resided in the house, ending with President Penson in 1989. The University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Foundation moved its office in the house the following year.[20]

The Oviatt House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[20]

William E. Pollock Residence

Pollock Alumni House

William E. Pollock managed OshKosh B'Gosh. He had Fluor Brothers construction company build the house in 1920 for $19,000. The yard included a three-car garage, garden, and fishing pond. Pollock lived in the house from 1920 until 1937. He sold the house on a land contract, but the house was returned to him after the contract was unfulfilled. Pollock then donated the house to the Oshkosh State Teachers College in 1943.[21]

The college turned the residence into a women's dormitory which could house up to 32 co-eds. In the 1960s it was used as an honors dormitory until closing in 1967. From 1967 until 1970 it housed the College of Nursing administrative offices. When the College of Nursing was relocated to a new building, the structure was taken over by the Alumni Association, who have occupied it since 1970. It is occasionally used for special functions.[21] Notable visitors have included President Jimmy Carter, United Nations ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick, and Edward Albee.[21]

The house is designed as a Mediterranean Revival style house with Italian and Spanish motif. The entrance has an ornate semi-circular wrought iron door leading into a large foyer. The front entry hall opens into a large living room and a smaller parlor. A formal staircase rises to an open landing and to a study. The second story bedrooms are used as offices for Alumni and Foundation staff. The rear consists of a formal dining room, kitchen, and pantry. The building has three chimneys capped with campaniles that resemble Italian bell towers. The residence's exterior is framed by concrete planters and topped by a wrought iron balcony outside of the second floor French windows. The roof is low-pitched red-barrel tile.[21]

Notable alumni


Computer science

  • Brian Paul (1990), programmer of the Mesa 3D graphics library

Government and politics

  • John Barnes, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice
  • Mark Block (1977), political strategist
  • Carol A. Buettner, Wisconsin state senator
  • Alice Clausing, Wisconsin state senator
  • William D. Connor, Wisconsin Lt. Governor
  • George R. Currie, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Brett Davis (1999), Wisconsin state assembly member
  • James M. Feigley, U.S. Marine Corps general
  • Scott L. Fitzgerald (1985), Wisconsin state senator
  • Jeff Fitzgerald, Wisconsin state assembly member
  • W. J. Gilboy, Socialist Wisconsin state assembly member
  • Frank Bateman Keefe, U.S. Representative
  • Terri McCormick, Wisconsin state senator
  • George de Rue Meiklejohn, Nebraska Congressman
  • Balthasar H. Meyer, member of the Interstate Commerce Commission
  • Alvin O'Konski (1927), Wisconsin Congressman
  • Michael K. Reilly, U.S. Representative
  • Roger Roth (2001), Wisconsin state assembly member
  • Ewald J. Schmeichel, Wisconsin state assembly member
  • Jack D. Steinhilber, Wisconsin state senator
  • Jack Voight, Wisconsin State Treasurer




Notable faculty

References in the media

  • The fictional anchor of the Onion Radio News, Doyle Redland, is a UW–Oshkosh alumnus according to his "biography." [23]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Fast Facts (2009)". University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. ^ "UW Oshkosh highlights its success and prepares for the future". University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  3. ^[dead link]
  4. ^ Student Recreation & Wellness Center, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Recreation Management Magazine; retrieved December 8, 2010
  5. ^ New Academic Building; University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; retrieved December 8, 2010
  6. ^ New Residence Hall; University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; retrieved December 8, 2010
  7. ^ Biodigester; University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; retrieved December 8, 2010
  8. ^ UW Oshkosh College Portrait (PDF file)
  9. ^ UW Oshkosh Points of Pride
  10. ^ NIRSA Final Ranking, 2005
  11. ^ Final NIRSA Ranking, 2006
  12. ^ Final NIRSA Ranking, 2007
  13. ^ [1]
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  16. ^ [4]
  17. ^ [5]
  18. ^ [6]
  19. ^ [7].
  20. ^ a b c History of the Oviatt House; University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh; Retrieved October 26, 2007
  21. ^ a b c d History of the Pollock House; University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh; Retrieved October 29, 2007
  22. ^
  23. ^ The Onion

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