UW-Barron County

UW-Barron County

The University of Wisconsin-Barron County is located on approximately 110 acres of land in the city of Rice Lake, which is 60 miles north of Eau Claire and 120 miles northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Student Body

UW-Barron County enrolls approximately 550 full- and part-time students from over 40 high schools in a 10-county area. Approximately 20 percent are adults returning to school.


UW-Barron County is nestled along the winding Red Cedar River on partially wooded land. Six buildings comprise the campus, including Meggers Administration/Ritzinger Science Building, Library, Student Center, Gymnasium and Fine Arts Building. The campus features state-of-the-art science labs, high-tech classrooms, and comfortable student activity space. Other educational and recreational facilities include the Fitness Center, Observatory, Japanese Garden, baseball diamonds, 18-hole disc golf course and soccer field. A prairie restoration and wildlife habitat study area is also on campus and the CedarSide Trail for walking/biking runs through the campus.

Special Programs


UW-Barron County has observatory sessions, educational trips, tutoring services, The Learning Center, online courses, a summer session and winterim session.

Collaborative Programs

UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville and UW-Superior offer 15 UW baccalaureate degrees that can be earned via online distance education. Other online and Extended Degree programs leading to bachelor’s degrees are also available.

Service Learning/Internship Programs

Through partnerships developed between UW-Barron County and area businesses and community agencies, students can earn 1-2 credits while undertaking an independent academic project in a professional work environment. Benefits of participating in the Internship or Service Learning program include the opportunity to test skills and abilities, gain valuable experience, enhance a resume and define educational and career goals.


A scholarship program for first-year, continuing and transferring students is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. The scholarship fund is supported by donations from area businesses, individuals and civic groups along with the UW-Barron County faculty and staff.

Community Interest Programs

Continuing Education courses include a wide range of personal enrichment and professional development courses for all ages along with teacher re-certification programs and online learning opportunities. Other campus programs include theatre productions, open forums, documentary film viewings, astronomical viewing sessions, Thursday@theU Lecture Series, Communiversity Band, Red Cedar Choir and art gallery exhibits.

Educational Opportunity Center

The UW-Barron County Educational Opportunity Network (EON) provides assistance and information to adults who seek to enter into or continue a program of postsecondary education. Services include academic and financial aid counseling, career exploration and aptitude assessment services, and assistance with the re-entry process. UW-Barron County provides this service in cooperation with the UW-Eau Claire EON.

Extracurricular Activities

Activities include Student Government Association, varsity and intramural sports, Charger Chess Club, CRU, Darkroom Photography Club, Library Club, One World International club, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Red Cedar literary publication, Art Club, Spirituality Network, Texas Hold’Em, Communiversity Band, Red Cedar Choir and theatre productions along with other special interest clubs.