Dean's Message

Welcome to UW-Barron County from Dean Yohnk . . .


Dr. Dean YohnkGreetings and welcome to the “electronic gateway” for UW-Barron County, northwestern Wisconsin’s UW College of excellence, access, and opportunity!   Thank you for visiting and exploring our website.   We think you’ll like what you discover here!

On behalf of our students, faculty, and staff, I urge you to follow up your “virtual visit” with an onsite visit to our beautiful wooded campus on the banks of the Red Cedar River in the thriving City of Rice Lake.  

 As many of our  current 600 full and part-time students and hundreds of successful alumni have discovered, UW-Barron County is indeed “The U for You” if you’re looking for an exceptional, affordable, flexible, accessible, and transferrable Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.  

UW-Barron County offers you all of the benefits of a small liberal arts college experience in addition to all of the advantages of achieving a high-quality and affordable degree from the prestigious University of Wisconsin.  


What makes UW-Barron County so distinctive and successful?  

As Northwest Wisconsin’s only UW College campus, UW-BC provides countless opportunities for each student to create and  experience a convenient and accessible ‘best start” in college that encourages you to discover and explore your own personal educational and career options and goals.  For nearly 50 years UW-BC has excelled in providing students individualized pathways to successful lives and careers within a dynamic liberal arts college environment. 

UW-BC offers you a world-class UW education at the lowest possible tuition cost per credit.  You can easily save as much as $20,000 in your first two years of college by attending UW-BC instead of a more expensive UW campus.  Save over $40,000 in two years by attending UW-BC instead of a much more expensive private college.

UW-BC credits are transferrable to any UW campus -- including UW-Madison – and to virtually all public and private universities across the state and nation. 

UW-BC’s award-winning faculty and staff – 88% with the highest degrees in their fields of expertise – are dedicated educators who focus on student learning and success as their number one priority. 

UW-BC now offers both Associate (AAS) and Bachelor’s (BAAS) degrees to our students, making it possible for you to complete your entire college education right here on our lovely campus in Rice Lake.  

Small class sizes averaging less than 17 students per section makes it possible for you to receive the personal attention, support, and advising necessary to help you achieve your maximum potential as a student.    

The Bottom Line:  UW-Barron County is truly northwestern Wisconsin’s UW campus of excellence, innovation, access, affordability, and opportunity.   Our goal is for each and every student who chooses UW-Barron County to succeed as a well-rounded life-long learner who is prepared to excel as a person and as a professional in their chosen career.   Our efforts are truly focused on helping YOU achieve your educational, career, and personal goals and aspirations.

At UW-Barron County it is our sincere promise to give you “the best start for the life you want!”  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to learn more about why UW-Barron County may be the best “U for You!”

Want to learn more?  

Please don’t hesitate to contact our Student Services professionals at 715-234-8176, ext. 1.   If you’d like to discuss UW-Barron County with me directly, feel free to call me at 715.234.8176, ext. 5427, or email me at  

 We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Dr. Dean Yohnk, Ph.D.
Dean and Campus Executive Officer (CEO)

 Dean Yohnk with pal Woody

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