Location: Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA
Funding: Public University
Percent Women: 48%
Tuition (one year): Resident of WI & MN: $15,198 Non Resident: $22,944
Most Popular Majors: Business Administration; Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management; Studio Art; Engineering Technology; Retail Merchandising & Management
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 80.2%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Stout’s website at www.uwstout.edu.
Why Choose UW Stout?
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“Stout always has something fun to do on the weekends; not just partying or drinking but fun events around the town!”
“My class sizes are perfect when it comes to classes for my major because I feel like I actually understand the concepts in my class and that I will be able to easily apply them in my career.”
“The Memorial Student Center (MSC) has really good food options, different ethnic varieties and it’s a great place to study that isn’t the library.”
“Stout has a great employment rate after graduation, I knew when applying that I wouldn’t have to worry about job placement after college as much.”
“The majors are very specific and adhere to our careers, I choose Stout over a bigger state university because I felt that I’d get lost in my major at another school versus Stout because they’re so in depth with key ideas of your future career.”
A + Features
“UW-Stout is a polytechnic university where we use applied learning and research to solve real-world problems. Well over 90 perfect of our students are employed a year after graduation and most of them continue work in their field of study.”
“Small class sizes are a positive for me because I really enjoy getting to know my professors and ask questions easier. Although lecture classes for electives can range from 30-150 your classes which pertain to your major are about 20-35 students.
“Although some may think UW-Stout is just a small town campus, our spring seasons are amazing. There’s a lot to explore on [and off] campus; between the Devil’s Punch bowl to The Bottoms, exploring never gets boring.”
“Being a campus in Wisconsin that is close to MN brings in a large diversity to our school. I love getting to know students from other states.”
“The food outside of campus is a big hit, it’s also reasonably priced. From Log Jam, Menomonie Restaurant and Waterfront Grill, you won’t be disappointed. Waterfront has an amazing view of Lake Menomin, Log Jam has delicious wraps and burgers and Menomonie Restaurant has great family style breakfast!”
"Stout is a great university but for someone who wants the whole 'Greek life, sports school' feel, Stout doesn't meet that requirement. The frats and sororities don't reflect most of the cliche's or negative reputations, which is good, but they can sometimes get biased when it comes to parties and letting people in. Sports are okay here. The football team has their ups and downs but no one really goes to those games unless it's Homecoming weekend. The boys basketball team is pretty good and people actually go to those games. Gymnasics and volleyball is pretty good too. Hockey is probably the biggest sport here and the games are always packed. The team is usually really good too."
"I don't like how quickly classes fill up. Since class sizes are so small, there are only so many options for classes. The younger you are, the later you are to register so that makes getting in to some classes difficult. We are also going through a lot of renovations and our largest dorm building is closed until 2016."
"Like many schools, the commons food isn't great and there isn't much of a variety. For someone who is trying to avoid or lose the Freshman 15, the food doesn't help at all."
"Summer and fall in Menomonie is incredible but once you hit November, you hit hibernation until summer. As I'm writing this, we are in the middle of the 'Artic Tundra' and wind chills are 50 below... Need I say more?"
"Small town living means bored cops, stupid fees and crappy parking. Cops can be and usually are really strict and unreasonable. Once in awhile you'll run into a situation and the cop will be understanding or cool but most of the time they slap you with a ton of tickets. Whether it's for drinking, noise or parking - there's a price for it all."
All About Academics
"Library and the dorm basements are great places to study because they are super quiet. Everyone knows that so they're really respectful about your studying."
"Intro to Sociology was such a fun class. I took sociology in high school and found that college level course had a lot to offer me."
"BIO 111, Environmental Science, was super fun and easy. We caught critters in the river, tested the water flow and cleaned up the area. It was really hands on and interesting but also an easy way to fill the natural science gen ed."
"Intro to Women and Gender Studies was a GREAT elective to take. It fills a ton of gen ed credits and was super interesting. Its basically sociology with a emphasis in gender issues, so topics such as gay marriage, LGBTQ, womens rights and the crossover between moral and law were talked about a lot."
"Stout Start was a great class to take as a freshman. It is a really informational class for career development and the start of your college and professional career. Speakers came in and talked about things such as internships and resumes and it really opens your eyes to the fact that you're an adult now and all your decisions in college should reflect that.
New Collegiette on Campus
“You feel more independent and more professional just from not living at home anymore, I love being on my own and can’t wait for the next few years ahead here!”
“Having to keep track of all your work is a new wake up call. I never cared to get every point possible on assignments until college; especially since you don’t often get “extra credit.”
“You need to learn how to balance your school work and social life to succeed.”
“I went from shy girl to social butterfly! I love the opportunities that I have at Stout and I’m not afraid to try new things.”
"Stout is a wonderful place to start your first year of college at. They have a program called First Year Experience that allows all freshman and first year transfer students to live in the heart of campus and transition to college life quickly."
Learn from the Best
“Robin Muza (HDFS/Social Science) is a great teacher and I have learned so much from her! I wish she would teach more classes, HIGHLY recommend taking a class with her, you won’t regret it!”
“Dr. Daisy Pignetti (PCEM/English) is my favorite professor! She is extremely helpful, reasonable and entertaining. She works in the English department for the PCEM major and is the interm program director. She is also the adviser for Her Campus - Stout!"
“Nate Hough (HDFS/Social Science) is a very good professor. He was always open and honest about everything. He used a lot of personal examples as well as professional examples. Hands down, one of the best HDFS professors. There are some quizzes, group work, practice/final video as well as midterm and final. Midterm and final are all open book/notes.”
“James Church (Biology)was is best professor that I have had at Stout. He gives great lectures that he clearly puts a good amount of time and effort to prepare for. Pay attention during class and do his extra credit and you will earn an A.”
“Daniel Ruefman (English/Philosophy) was a really good and helpful teacher. I like that he had meetings to talk about our papers and how we were doing in class. He's funny and he's a really good teacher. I ended up taking him again!”
Interests & Involvement
“We participate in intermural sports; it’s a fun way to get involved with your friends while getting active. There are many options when it comes to intermural: basketball, volleyball, dodge ball and even bean bag toss. There’s truly an event for everyone. ”
“Stout hosts two career conferences, one in fall and one in spring. This is an awesome way to scope out future employers, part-time or full-time jobs and mostly internships! This conference is usually separated by your focused career/major.”
“Backyard bash is the biggest involvement fair next to Career conference. This event is to get students involved with on campus organizations. All organizations promote their organization in fall and spring, just like the career conference. All organizations have eye catching stands to lure you in for your involvement.”
“Organizations are a huge part of campus, whether you’re involved with an organization that’s on Stout campus only or nationwide, there’s something for everyone! There are 167 organizations on campus, getting involved opens numerous doors at UW-Stout. Plus, nearly every major has a corresponding organization so there is no way that someone couldn't find something they're interested in.”
"A lot of majors are responsible for what happens at Stout as a part of the school's hands on learning. For example, the PCEM major's Technical Writing concentration is working with the UW Stout archives to create an online platform to educate people on the history of our oldest academic building, Harvey Hall. The building has just started renovations and will be finished in 2016 in time for its 100th anniversary. So the TC students are putting together the history of the building in an interactive web platform as a project for classes."
“Stout is a D3 school, we aren’t really “known” for our sports. Not many students attend football games unless it’s homecoming. This is a bummer for the football players and fans.”
“Hockey draws in a huge crowd, both students based and spectator based. The student section will have you on your feet the whole game cheering on your team, halftime calls for belting out your favorite songs with the crowd and a lot of memories both on the ice and in the stands. Half time also involves students participating in events on the ice to win prizes."
“I love intermural sports, they’re offered throughout the year and really help get me involved on campus since I’m not involved in other organizations. It’s a great way to meet new people and hang out with your friends.”
“Although all our sport teams typically have their own house where majority of the teammates live and host parties, there isn’t really a separation between athletes and non-athletes.”
“Dance ensemble is an organization yet also seen as a sport. Dance ensemble is more studio based dance rather than competition dance. We encourage any style of dance and any level is welcomed.”
"Stout gives girl power a whole new meaning because while Stout is not only a great place for women to live and study, it is an awesome place for LGBTQ support as well!"
"Our best source for Women and Gender education is the WGS minor. We also have a wonderful LGBTQ resource center called the Qube."
"A lot of our majors have a majority of women such as, Retail, Human Development & Family Studies, Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management and Apparel Design."
"A lot of our organizations are run by women such as Stout Retail Association, FAB Magazine & now Her Campus - Stout!"
"2013 Miss Minnesota USA, Danielle Hooper is from Stout! She's junior in the Retail program"
Food & Drink
“North Point is the commons located on North campus; we also have a commons on South campus. MSC (Memorial Student Center) is my favorite place to eat because the food is delicious, it’s more expensive than the commons but worth it!”
“Subway and Fortune cookie (Asian food restaurant) are the main food places on campus that are walking distance. Log Jam & Waterfront are also walking distance (See A+ Features for more info.)”
“I love living in North campus’ dorms because each floor has its own full kitchen, including pizza ovens! South campus dorms have full kitchens in their basements, which are also very convenient but it tends to be busier since a whole dorm shares one kitchen.”
“North Point Express is located on the main level of Fleming/Hovlid dorm on North campus. This little shop is open daily, where your Stout card or other typical payments are accepted. This shop has endless opportunities whether it’s food or household needs- they got it!”
“Everyone on campus has experienced the fraternities at least once. Typically Sig Tau is where everyone turns to when all else fails. Phi Sig typically hosts socials, unless you’re in a frat/sorority or know people to get you in this isn’t your best bet for certain nights.”
“Whether you're just going out to celebrate after a game or sitting around the bonfire, Stout students are always welcoming; don't be afraid to come join and say hi."
"There are a lot of great places to meet new people on and off of campus in the social scene."
"Thursday-Sunday there is always a lot going on and you can always find something fun to participate in."
"Dorm life at Stout is great!"
"All first year students will live on south campus in the heart of campus - which is awesome to get used to the college life."
"The dorms are older which is expected but the rooms are nice and the dorm sizes are good."
"South Hall is probably the biggest and right next to the dining hall. HKMC is the nicest of the south campus dorms. CKTO has an elevator which is nice. North Hall, AFM and McCalmont are upperclassmen dorms that are on south campus. McCalmont is getting renovated and will be pretty nice afterwards. North Hall is a typical dorm building and is pretty large like South Hall. AFM is nice as well but pretty small."
"Upperclassmen dorms on north campus are REALLY nice!"
"Fleming-Hovlid (pictured above) was just renovated in 2012 and now has super large bathrooms, a kitchen and lounge on every floor and bigger rooms. The dining hall and one of the two workout facilities are attached to the building as well making harsh winters bareable without going outside."
"Wigen Hall is pretty small but a nice place to live. It's quiet and right next to FH so it's really close to commons and the gym."
"Red Cedar is cool because it has apartment style dorms with four bedrooms and a shared living room and kitchen. It's like living in an apartment but on campus."
"I love that all of the dorms have a lobby with a front desk where you can check out games, DVDs, spare keys and kitchen equiptment. Its nice that they also have a basement with a kitchen, lounge and TV, and study rooms with a printer."
“Stout basically IS Menomonie, 9,000 students are at Stout and 16,000 are what we call townies. If you’re from the cities Stout is a big difference but it’s not too small of a town.”
“The Bottoms is the hot spot in the summer. The river has a bridge over hanging 20-30 feet of freefall, many Stout students use this to cool off or even sit on the beach to have a few drinks. “Nada Worry” is a clothing company that recently advertised on the beach with a DJ and big blow up gorilla. It’s always a blast!”
“The Devil’s Punchbowl is something you have to experience yourself, throughout the seasons this natural canyon fills up with water, icicles and leaves.”
“Hauffman hills and tower is a great place to explore and paired with a great bird’s eye view of Menom.”
"The bottoms is a great place to go 'cliff jumping' off the high bridge when the water is high enough!"
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