University of Wisconsin - Parkside

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is one of 13 four year campuses in the University of Wisconsin System.  With just 5,000 students, UW-P can offer students a small class environment that allows them to build strong relationships with their professors as well as with their classmates.

The campus is located on 700 acres of woodlands and prairies in Kenosha, Wisconsin just 30 minutes south of Milwaukee and a hour north of Chicago.

UW-Parkside is proud to be the most diverse campus in the UW-System and is committed to cultural enrichment and the celebration throughout the year of cultural achievements and contributions.

Art/Art Studies, Generalx  
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Otherx  
Business Administration and Management, Generalx  
Chemistry, Generalx  
Computer Sciencex  
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administrationx  
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, Generalx  
Economics, Generalx  
English Language and Literature, Generalx  
Finance, Generalx  
Geology/Earth Science, Generalx  
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Otherx  
History, Generalx  
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, Generalx  
Humanities/Humanistic Studiesx  
International Relations and Affairsx  
Marketing/Marketing Management, Generalx  
Mathematics, Generalx  
Molecular Biologyx  
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Generalx  
Music, Generalx  
Physician Assistantx  
Physics, Generalx  
Political Science and Government, Generalx  
Pre-Dentistry Studiesx  
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studiesx  
Pre-Pharmacy Studiesx  
Pre-Veterinary Studiesx  
Psychology, Generalx  
Registered Nursing/Registered Nursex  
Spanish Language and Literaturex  
Speech Communication and Rhetoricx  
Sport and Fitness Administration/Managementx  

Academic Life

With 33 undergraduate majors; pre-professional programs in Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Podiatry, Veterinary Medicine; 70 areas of emphasis, UW-Parkside offers various academic disciplines that are a great addition to any education.

UW-Parkside also offers the following graduate programs: Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in Applied Molecular Biology; Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

The School of Business and Technology is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International and the Chemistry Degree program is approved by the American Chemical Society.

Campus Life

The mission of UW-Parkside is to engage and facilitate student learning and leadership development through their meaningful involvement in student organizations, campus wide events, and leadership programs. University Activities is committed to creating an environment that supports Student Success, Academic Excellence, Diversity and Inclusivity, and Community Engagement leading to the retention and graduation of contributing leaders in a Global community.

UW-P offers 60 different clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities that students are involved in.

Facilities and Resources

The university has many new facilities on campus.  Pike River Suites, a state of art suite style residence hall was built in 2009 and our Student Center’s new expansion allows our students to eat at a food court and socialize in our Den (pool hall, stages for shows, video games and internet zone).

UW-P is excited to begin the most significant construction of academic space since the campus' main complex of buildings began taking shape four decades ago.  When completed, the Communication Arts academic building will have 91,000 square feet of renovated space mainly serving fine art students and 72,000 sq. ft. of new space serving theatre arts and music students. The $34 million project is scheduled to welcome students for the fall semester of 2011.

The Office of Advising and Career Services, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Support Services, First Year Experience/Student Success and Tutoring Center are just some of the offices which provide our students with the extra resources they need to be successful on their way to graduation.

Athletics / Sports

Intercollegiate athletics at UW-Parkside include a complete program of competitive sports for men and women. The university is a member of the NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Varsity participation is available in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball, and wrestling. UW-Parkside’s track program features race walking, which attracts athletes from across the country. A number of participants have gone on to represent the United States in the Olympic Games.

Financial Aid / Tuition

You must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for federal student aid and for most state and institutional aid. For maximum aid consideration, submit the FAFSA between January 1 and March 15.

Out-Of-State students who rank in the top 35% of the graduating class or with a 20 or higher on the ACT are awarded scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $7,500 a year based on their academic merit and when they apply to the institution.

Students are automatically considered for academic scholarships upon completion of the application for admission and acceptance to the university.


Students who plan to enter as new freshmen will be considered for admission using a comprehensive review process.  Academic preparation and academic success are of primary importance in the review process, although non-academic factors will be considered. To be considered for admissions, freshman must:

  • Present evidence of graduation from a recognized high school or equivalent certificate.
  • Demonstrate successful completion of the following academic units (one unit equals one year of student).  Applicants are recommended to exceed this expectation.

In addition to high school curriculum, academic factors include high school class rank, high school grade point average, trends in grades and ACT/SAT test scores. Nonacademic factors may include but are not limited to community service, leadership experience, special talents and diversity in personal background and experience.

Students likely to be admitted include but are not limited to

  • Have  completed the minimum of 17 or more high school units and
  • Rank in the upper 50th percentile of their high school class and have a minimum ACT composite score of 20 (or SAT equivalent)

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