UW-Rock County

UW-Rock County campus

Nestled on 50 rolling acres adjacent to the Rock River on Janesville's southwest side, the University of Wisconsin-Rock Countyprovides a quality education close to home for its diverse student population.

Student Body

Approximately 1,200 students attend UW-Rock County each year, more than 65 percent are recent high school graduates and about 35 percent are age 22 or older. While many students carry a full credit load, about 45 percent find part-time studies allow them to maintain full-time employment or family responsibilities.


UW-Rock County's highly respected academic program is the result of top-notch faculty committed to teaching freshman and sophomore students. Small class sizes allow personal attention from instructors when needed. Daytime, evening and distance education courses allow scheduling options to meet most students' needs. The majority of students transfer to a four-year campus, many through the Guaranteed Transfer Program.

Collaborative Programs

Through several collaborative programs, students can earn bachelor's degrees without ever leaving the UW-Rock County campus. Earn a bachelor's degree in nursing through UW-Oshkosh; in electrical or mechanical engineering through UW-Platteville; in organizational administration, information sciences & technology or communications from UW-Milwaukee; in liberal studies through UW-Whitewater; or in elementary education or an individualized major through UW-Superior.

Academic and Other Support

The Solution Center provides tours and orientations and has academic advisers to assist with financial aid, transfer planning and course selections. The Learning Support Center offers students free tutoring in writing, math and other subjects. TRIO student support services are also available to eligible first-generation, low-income and disabled students. 


Scholarships are available for area residents, disabled Rock County residents, students planning on entering particular fields, and students demonstrating high academic achievement or financial need. The UW-Rock County Foundation supports more than 40 scholarships.


Allen Hall, which houses the library, computer labs, the Multicultural Student Center and distance education classrooms and the Engineering Center are the newest buildings on the campus. Hyatt Smith Hall welcomes students to the campus with administrative offices, Campus Café, the bookstore, classrooms and several student gathering areas. Andrews and Williams halls are home to lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, computer laboratories and learning support centers. Wells Cultural Center, with its 225-seat theatre, art studio, gymnasium and classrooms for music and drama, is a center of culture and recreation for the campus and the entire community.


Getting involved and meeting new people are benefits of the many clubs on campus, which include:

  • Chorus
  • G.R.E.E.N. Scene Club
  • Health Sciences Club
  • Imagination, Inc. literary magazine
  • Intercollegiate Sports (basketball, soccer and volleyball)
  • Multicultural Student Club
  • OASIS Adult Student Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Rock Prairie Chamber Orchestra
  • Rock Prairie Concert Band
  • Rock Prairie Big Band
  • Rock Rooks Chess Club
  • Sabre Rattlers Fencing Club
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Government Association
  • The Alliance for Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Students and Allies
  • University Theatre
  • Wisconsin Education Association Future Educators Club

Study Abroad

UW Colleges offers a number of one- and two-week study abroad opportunities in which students can earn credits while participating in exciting travel experiences. Specific course offerings vary from year to year.

Community Interest Programs

UW-Rock County welcomes the public to attend its performing arts series, sporting events and Foundation functions as well as to participate in continuing education courses, College for Kids and music and theatre productions.