UW-Manitowoc campus

The University of Wisconsin-Manitowocis located on the southeastern edge of Manitowoc. The 40-acre campus is bound by Lake Michigan on the east and a 78-acre wooded park on the south. 

Student Body

Our enrollment ranges between 450-675 students each year. Approximately 31 percent of our students are 22 years old or older and 39 percent attend on a part-time basis. Over half of our students are first-generation college students. Students from every high school in Manitowoc County attend UW-Manitowoc, as do students from Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Oconto and Sheboygan counties.


UW-Manitowoc's campus has three connected buildings, Lakeside Hall, Founders Hall and Hillside Hall. These buildings contain: a 350 seat theater, rehearsal rooms, art gallery, a commons area, the Blue Devil Grill, classrooms, a state-of-the-art distance education classroom, a lecture hall, bookstore, science labs, weight room, greenhouse and offices. The campus also includes a physical education facility, geography/geology lab, and three computer labs. Our library is linked to the other 25 UW campus libraries around the state and also has an inter-library loan service.

Special Programs


Students can get a start on over 200 majors by enrolling in daytime and evening courses in face to face, online and accelerated/blended formats to fit any busy schedule. Our classes are small, averaging 20 students, and teaching is the top priority of our professors. 

To complement the AAS degree, UW-Manitowoc offers emphases in specific academic areas, providing a concentration of coursework in a given discipline or area of study. Other offerings include: undergraduate research, internship opportunities, the Guaranteed Transfer Program, certificates in 5 different areas of study, a CNA course, an honors program, remedial mathematics and English, tutoring in the Learning Center and an evening degree program.


UW-Manitowoc has several collaborative bachelor degree programs with other campuses within the UW System. After completing their general education courses at UW-Manitowoc, students may pursue a bachelor's degree without leaving the area via online or face-to-face formats. Degrees in more than 20 different disciplines are offered from several different UW System campuses. Because the list keeps growing students should check with the Solution Center for a complete, up-to-date list of all the bachelor degree programs being offered collaboratively with UW-Manitowoc.


Numerous community and UW-Manitowoc Foundation scholarships are available to new, returning and transferring students, totaling more than $30,000 annually.

Extracurricular Activities

Students can get involved and enrich their college experience by participating in a wide variety of activities:

  • Varsity and intramural sports
  • Student government
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Literary magazine
  • Extreme Outdoors Club
  • Future Nurses
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Campus Impact - Cru
  • Future Teachers Club
  • Geo Club
  • Business Club
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Multi-Culti Club
  • Adult College Experience
  • University Theatre
  • Lakeshore Wind Ensemble & Lakeshore Big Band 

Community Interest Programs

The community may participate in UW-Manitowoc's Continuing Education courses, campus-community band, theater and big band, faculty and guest lectures, art exhibits in the Founders Hall Art Gallery and a speaker's bureau. The campus also partners with the community in a variety of activities including Laughter on the Lakeshore, Scholar for Life Series, Lakeshore Water Institute, University 101 and 24 Hours of Theatre & Art.