Mission: The fundamental mission of UW-Platteville and the entire UW System is to serve the people of Wisconsin. This basic goal is expressed in detail in the mission statement adopted in 1988 and revised in 2002.
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At Platteville, our students are one of a kind. See how Karen was hired before graduation while overcoming a language barrier and financial troubles. Congratulations Karen on your bright future!
Pioneer Athletes giving back!
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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville continues to be the fastest growing public university in Wisconsin. Located in southwest Wisconsin, just 20 miles east of the Mississippi River, UW-Platteville is currently a “home away from home” to over 8,600 Pioneers from across the tri-state area and beyond.
UW-Platteville offers an affordable, accessible, high quality education. Faculty and staff are committed to student engagement, both in and out of the classroom. Students are encouraged to practice what they learn through collaborative projects, undergraduate research and creative endeavors, study abroad opportunities, and real-world experiences. Students can also practice skills learned in the classroom and develop leadership capacity through involvement in over 200 active student clubs and organizations.
A Pioneer in distance education for 35 years, UW-Platteville also provides affordable, credible online programs and has been named “Best School for Online Education” in Wisconsin for three consecutive years. Online bachelor’s degrees are offered in business administration and criminal justice and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Engineering, Distance Education Leadership, Project Management, and Integrated Supply Chain Management.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville provides associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs in a broad spectrum of disciplines including: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; criminal justice; education; business; agriculture; and the liberal arts. We promote excellence by using a personal, hands-on approach to empower each student to become broader in perspective, intellectually more astute, ethically more responsible, and to contribute wisely as an accomplished professional and knowledgeable citizen in a diverse global community.
UW-Platteville will be recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities, and empowering each individual.
For 150 years, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been an educational leader thanks to a determined Pioneer attitude that has enriched Southwest Wisconsin and the tri-state region.
That Pioneer spirit has launched not one, but two higher education institutions, led to the eventual merger of the rivals, and enabled the university to overcome all obstacles and thrive as one of the top universities in the Midwest.
The birth of the university
UW-Platteville began in 1866 as the first state teacher preparation institution in Wisconsin, then called the Platteville Normal School. Classes were held in Rountree Hall, located at the corner of Main and Elm streets. Rountree Hall was actually built 13 years earlier in 1853 to accommodate the rapidly increasing enrollment of the Platteville Academy, founded in 1839 (even before Wisconsin's statehood) by the city's Presbyterian Church.
The university also has roots in the Wisconsin Mining Trade School, established in 1907 to train specialized technicians to work in the mining operations surrounding Platteville. In 1917, a third year was added to the curriculum, making the Wisconsin Mining School the first school in the United States to offer a three-year course in mining engineering, upon completion of which a student received a diploma. The first mining school was located in Rountree Hall after the normal school vacated the building, which still exists today.
One of the university's oldest traditions originated in the year 1936 when the mining school students began work on the world’s largest “M" by placing rocks in a pattern on the southwest slope of the mound, located a few miles east of the city. Completed the following year, the "M" measures 214 x 241 feet and consists of some 400 tons of whitewashed stone. The lighting of the "M" is now a tradition at UW-Platteville and is the featured ceremony each fall during Homecoming weekend.
The mining school became the Wisconsin Institute of Technology in 1939 and later merged with the Platteville State Teachers College in 1959 to become the Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology at Platteville.
During the 1960s, the college experienced a period of rapid growth resulting in the construction of several new halls. In 1966, the name was changed again to the Wisconsin State University-Platteville. The university and all other public institutions of higher education in Wisconsin merged in 1971 to form the UW System, governed by a single Board of Regents. As a result of the merger, the university experienced its most recent name change to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
UW-Platteville is the fastest-growing university in the UW System. From 2004 to 2013, total enrollment experienced a record increase of nearly 40 percent, from 6,192 to 8,662 students. Today, enrollment growth is still strong, with 8,901 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 41 majors and 78 minors in academic programs across three colleges: Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture (BILSA), Engineering, Mathematics and Science (EMS), and Liberal Arts and Education (LAE).
UW-Platteville encompasses 821 aces, including a 400-acre education and research farm, 20 academic and student services buildings and 13 residence halls.
With Rountree Commons opening in 2012 and Bridgeway Commons in 2013, residence hall capacity is now over 3,700, giving all first- and second-year students the opportunity to live on campus and take advantage of the more than 200 clubs and organizations.
Rebounding from a disaster
The Pioneering spirit is still very much alive today, as evidenced in 2014 when an EF-2 tornado significantly damaged three residence halls, Engineering Hall, the greenhouse, Pioneer Stadium and Memorial Park. Behind a unified effort, the university pulled together and readied campus for occupancy in the fall, ensuring the outstanding tradition of high quality and affordable education continued uninterrupted.
I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Platteville full-time (Less than a year)
This is my first time in a higher education position and the difference between this and the corporate environment is astonishing. Within our department, the doors are always open, communication and ideas are continually encouraged and there is a great sense of work/life balance. When an idea is expressed and agreed upon, we implement! We confer with members of the UWP community to ensure an idea will work from all angles. At the end of the day - we are all here for the students.
I have read in previous reviews that budget cuts were listed under Con. This is understandable. We are also a state government agency and those types of budget constraints are beyond our control. The university makes up for it with incredible benefits and work/life balance. People here do not work the 50-60+/hours per week that you may see in a corporate setting. It is about quality, not quantity.
Parking has been brought up as an issue. I have been in meetings where the parking matter has been addressed and I know it is a topic of concern for administration.
Advice to Management
Keep up the great work!
I applied in-person. I interviewed at University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Good experience, helpful for undergraduate students looking to boost their resume and gain valuable interview experience. Having experience working with professors in the department is a plus during the interview process, as the department as a whole is not very large.