When I graduated high school I knew I wanted to go to college but I really didn’t have a clue where I wanted to go. I think if you would have asked me why I chose UW-Barron County on my first day I would have said it was the “safe” choice, inexpensive in comparison to other schools, close to home, and I had friends going to UW-Barron County. But now after spending time here I can say that it was the best choice for me, it gave me the opportunities and connections I really needed in order to figure out my future as well as succeed at UW-Barron County.
Intended Major: Communication and Gender Studies
Transfer Institution: UW-La Crosse
UW-Marathon County Alum
Coming out of high school, academically and socially, I probably wasn’t ready for a larger four-year campus. UWMC was the perfect fit for me and the perfect academic preparation for my future. Athletically, I wasn’t talented enough to play at a bigger school so I relished the opportunity to continue playing basketball, a sport I love, for two more years at UWMC.
Every single credit I earned in my first two years transferred to UW-Madison and, more importantly, the academic rigor at UWMC was equal to or greater than the last two years of my undergraduate career. When I was at UWMC, I gained an appreciation for the importance of a strong liberal arts background. I learned to write well and speak well, the two most important skills I use every day in my job. I was in small classes, mentored by great professors who instilled in me a desire to learn.
It was a phenomenal financial value. I saved a lot of money because I was able to live at home with my parents. The money that I saved on room and board my first two years I was able to use to pay for graduate school later on.
UW-Fond du Lac
I like the small class sizes at UW-Fond du Lac and most professors are available to help outside of class. It was the more affordable choice to get my general education. Later, I moved to Fond du Lac, so it was also close. Professor Kristi Wilkum, communication and theater arts, makes the classes fun and stimulating. This semester I went out of my way to find her classes.
Der Linda L.
If you’re looking for an affordable education, a great college experience, an active campus with many clubs, a great athletic program, caring and friendly professors, and a beautiful campus right in front of Lake Michigan -- then UW-Manitowoc is definitely the perfect university for you.
Being on the volleyball team here at UW-Manitowoc has been one of the best athletic experiences I’ve ever had. I really enjoyed playing on the Blue Devil’s team because we have such a caring athletic director and wonderful coaches who kept pushing us forward each and every day.
My guidance counselor in high school suggested that I look at UW-Fox Valley. I toured the campus and discovered how inexpensive it was compared with other universities. It also offered more one-on-one time with my professors if I needed assistance and possibilities for me to become involved in the campus community. I recently switched my major from biology to kinesiology as I have decided on a career as a chiropractor.
Transfer Institution: UW-Madison or UW-Eau Claire
UW-Baraboo/Sauk County offers the same level of education as any UW school. It's also much less expensive, so it gave me a lot of freedom to explore different fields. I was planning on going into 2-D art at the end of high school, decided on music when I got to UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, switched to mechanical engineering, considered chemical engineering, and finally decided on materials science and engineering. My advice to new students would be, don't be afraid to explore your potential. If a class sounds interesting to you, take it. If a student organization sounds cool, join it. The connections, friends, and experiences you make will be ones you remember your entire life.
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Transfer Institution: UW-Madison
I chose to attend UW-Richland because I knew it was the most affordable college in the University of Wisconsin System and I could also live at home while I pursued my Associate Degree. I have been very impressed with the knowledge and dedication of my professors and the numerous activities that are available to students. I chose to be involved with theatrical performances on campus as well as the faith-related club InterVarsity. Both of these activities have helped me connect with like-minded individuals on campus and make new friends. I recommend the UW-Richland to any student who wishes to receive a quality education.
Transfer Institution: UW-Madison
"I believe the three best things about UW-Rock County are they offer classes that gear you up for your career, they encourage you to try your best in all of your classes and to not give up, and they offer tutors that will help you improve in the subjects that are most challenging," says student Shekinah McBride.
McBride transferred from UW-Parkside to UW-Rock County last spring. She’s interested in pursuing a career in medicine and has enjoyed her classes, especially learning math from Dr. Robert Hein. When she’s not in classes she also has a student job on campus and serves as a student ambassador, giving tours and helping with events.
"The environment at UW-Rock County inspires and encourages the students who attend there to set, focus and achieve their goals," she says. “At UW-Rock, you will learn the skills in time management and the ability to put your priorities in perspective."
I decided to attend UW-Waukesha because of its location, affordability and the Guaranteed Transfer Program. The amount of money I was able to save by choosing UW-Waukesha provided me the opportunity to stop working full time and focus on my studies.
The professors at UW-Waukesha are an amazing group of individuals who try and go the extra step to aid their students whenever they can. One such professor is Dr. Lori Brock, who teaches Anatomy and Physiology. Throughout the semester, Dr. Brock brings in many speakers and organizes a trip to St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee. All of this is done to give UW- Waukesha students a first-hand glimpse at career opportunities in the health field and possible paths to obtaining these jobs. Dr. Brock also provides her students, if they want, an opportunity to aid in the dissection of cadavers, an experience many other colleges do not offer to underclassmen.