Chancellor's Welcome

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Welcome to UW-Platteville!

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville takes its roots from the Platteville Normal School State Teachers College (1866) and the Wisconsin Mining Trade School (1908). Since then, the university’s teaching mission has remained the same; develop strong graduates who can take their experience as a student directly to the workforce in an impactful way.

Rich in its academic programs, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville consists of three colleges – the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and the College of Liberal Arts and Education. We have particular strengths in agriculture, biology, business, criminal justice, education, engineering, and industrial technology. We are forward thinking and innovative in how we are continually developing new programs like nanotechnology and social and environmental justice. Our distinguished faculty are dedicated to teaching and hail from across the globe, and we draw students from all across Wisconsin (usually about 75 percent of all students), Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and beyond.

A link in the pipeline between Milwaukee and Iowa City, Platteville rests about 30 minutes from Dubuque, Iowa, and a little more than an hour from Madison, and is a supportive community for our university. We are one of the largest employers in Southwest Wisconsin and are a center of culture for the region. We are actively engaged in this community and beyond, with connections across the Tri-State area. As a catalyst for economic development and a mecca of higher education in Southwest Wisconsin, it is our responsibility to foster growth and development, not only in our students, but in our communities.

We also reach the world; those communities stretch to China through the Confucius Institute, to Ghana through Engineers Without Borders, to Germany through partnership with the Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, and to many other international communities. We are located in a quiet town of 11,000 people, but reach across the globe. We also have sister universities in Spain, France, Australia and Norway, and regularly attract students from those places.

We invite you to visit our campus, meet our faculty members, and ask about our programs. Come, join our thriving community and learn why every day is a great day to be a Pioneer.

Dennis J. Shields
Chancellor

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