UW-Barron County (UW-BC) is one of 13 freshman/sophomore campuses of the University of Wisconsin Colleges awarding the Associate of Arts and Science degree with 23 areas of emphasis available. The UW Colleges provides the first two years of a liberal arts general education that is accessible and affordable, prepares students for success at the baccalaureate level of education, and promotes lifelong learning, leadership, service and responsible citizenship. See the mission page for more information.
Total enrollment 700. On-campus, approximately 550 full- and part-time students from over 40 high schools in a ten county area, 20% are adults returning to school.
UW-BC is nestled along the winding Red Cedar River on approximately 110 acres of partially wooded land. Six buildings comprise the campus including a gymnasium and Fine Arts Building. All buildings are handicapped accessible.
In fall 2006, the extensive $6.4 million expansion and renovation project was completed. The new construction updated and connected Meggers Hall with Ritzinger Hall. Expanded and renovated facilities include state-of-the-art science labs, high-tech classrooms, and comfortable student activity space.
Other educational and recreational facilities include an observatory, Japanese Garden, three-hole golf course, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, eighteen hole disc golf course, a prairie restoration and wildlife habitat study area, and the Cedar Side Trail for walking and biking.
Located an easy one-hour drive from Eau Claire, UW-BC is located in the thriving community of Rice Lake. This city of approximately 10,000 people boasts of its indoor hockey, curling and swimming facilities, and enclosed shopping mall, national retail stores, and downtown business area.
The Blue Hills recreation area, just east of Rice Lake, is an excellent location for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, snowmobiling and downhill and cross-country skiing. To find out more about our community, visit Rice Lake Online.
Students at UW-BC pursue a wide variety of majors. Among the most popular are Education, Business, Biology, Health Sciences, and Psychology. Credits transfer to any four-year public or private college or university. Many of our students complete degrees at the following UW campuses: Eau Claire, River Falls, Stout, and Superior. They enter these schools as juniors through the UW Guaranteed Transfer program.
Students can also stay in the area and take advantage of distance education options to earn a Bachelor’s degree from one of the three baccalaureate University of Wisconsin campuses that we have partnered with (UW-Milwaukee, UW-Superior, and UW-Platteville).
Staff in the Student Services Office provides assistance with admission, financial aid, placement testing, course registration, transfer planning, study skills, and career counseling.
Each student has an academic advisor who helps with the development of educational and career plans. Assistance with course selection and transfer information is provided with the goal of enabling a smooth and successful transfer to a 4-year campus.
Free tutorial services in math, writing, and other subjects are available through The Learning Center located in Ritzinger Hall.
UW-BC invites prospective students and their parents to visit the campus. Special Discover UW-BC events and Start Ahead/Start Here are held throughout the year. Discover UW-BC events are for high school students and their parents while the Start Ahead/Start Here event focuses on returning adult students and the options available to those who want to earn a UW bachelor’s degree without leaving the area.
Individual visits and campus tours are also encouraged and can be arranged through the Student Services Office.
“UW-BC gives a student every chance to be successful.”
“Great teachers and no huge classes. The students and teachers get to know each other on a one-to-one basis.”
“I like the fact that there are people of all ages.”
“Not too small but not too large. Easy to meet everyone and easy to see professors.”
“Good location and nice surrounding community.”