UW-Richland Classroom Building

The University of Wisconsin-Richlandis located in the southwestern Wisconsin city of Richland Center, midway between La Crosse and Madison, on U.S. Highway 14. 

Student Body

Approximately 550 students are enrolled each year. Typically around 15 percent are over the age of 22. The campus attracts students from southwest Wisconsin, from throughout the state, other states and around the world. About 50 international students from around the world enroll at UW-Richland each year.


The 135-acre campus has seven main buildings: the Classroom Building, East Hall, Melvill Hall, Miller Memorial Library, Roadrunner Gymnasium, Science Hall and the Wallace Student Center/Coppertop. Symons Recreation Complex, with a heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, racquetball courts and fitness center/weight training room, is also located on campus. Adjacent to the campus are student residence halls: Edith Rice Symons Hall, Meyer Hall, Deans Hall and West Hall. These facilities provide apartment-style and suite-style housing for up to 150 UW-Richland students. Outdoor facilities include an athletic field, Wellness Trail, tennis and basketball courts and an arboretum with a trail for cross-country skiing in winter. The 194-acre UW-Richland Smart Farmis an additional facility with learning opportunities for students in a variety of disciplines.


  • Academic Alliance 2.0 with area high schools
  • Academic/Career Advising
  • Developmental Skills program
  • Faculty Advising
  • Guaranteed Transfer Program
  • International Student Orientation
  • Joint Pre-engineering program with UW-Platteville
  • Majors Day
  • Richland Rocks Week
  • New Student Orientation
  • Woodman Learning Center & Online Writing Lab (OWL)
  • Orientation & Welcome Week
  • Phi Theta Kappa honor society
  • Precollege Program
  • Quintessence, a publication of the best student writing from courses
  • Transfer Fair
  • UW-Madison Connections Program
  • UW-Milwaukee College Connections degree completion program
  • Youth for Understanding (YFU) & IREX programs that bring students from around the world to study at UW-Richland


More than 125 scholarships are available through the Richland County Campus Foundation Scholarship Program. The program annually awards more than $100,000. Submit one application to be considered for all awards.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Campus Ambassadors
  • Dances and other social events
  • Educators of the Future
  • Gamers Club
  • Gay/Straight Alliance
  • History Club
  • Intercollegiate and intramural sports
  • International Club
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Love of Learning lecture series
  • Phi Theta Kappa honor society
  • Political Clubs
  • Returning Adult activities
  • Special events, including Burlap Olympics and Roadrunner Road Rallye
  • Student membership in community concert series
  • Student membership to Symons Recreation Complex fitness center
  • Student Senate

Community Programs

Continuing Education courses for people of all ages are offered, including College for Kids, computer skills, literature and a wide variety of others. UW-Richland also sponsors campus-community theater, campus-community band and a lecture series. International student programs add a cosmopolitan flavor to the campus atmosphere.