University of Wisconsin–Stout

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University of Wisconsin–Stout
Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
Established 1891
Type State university
Endowment $30,713,826[1]
Chancellor Dr. Robert M. Meyer
Administrative staff
Students 9,371
Undergraduates 8,254
Postgraduates 1,117
Location Menomonie, WI, USA
Campus Large Town
124 acres (50 ha)
Sports 18 Varsity Teams
Colors Navy Blue and White
Athletics NCAA Division III
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
National Collegiate Gymnastics Association
Nickname Blue Devils

The University of Wisconsin–Stout (UW–Stout or Stout) is a member campus of the University of Wisconsin System. The school was founded in 1891 in Menomonie, Wisconsin and enrolls more than 9,300 students. It is named in honor of its founder, lumber magnate James Huff Stout, and is one of two universities in the UW System not named for the city in which it is located, the other being UW-Parkside. Stout is also the base of operations for a studio of Wisconsin Public Television, where WHWC-TV is licensed from, and is home to the studios for WVSS and WHWC as part of the Wisconsin Public Radio network.

Since 1971, UW–Stout is one of only two special mission universities in the UW System: it provides focused programs "related to professional careers in industry, technology, home economics, applied art and the helping professions."[2] UW–Stout's programs prepare students for productive careers in industry, commerce, education, and human development through the study of technology, applied mathematics and science, art and design, business, industrial management, human behavior, family and consumer sciences, and manufacturing-related engineering and technologies. UW–Stout offers 44 undergraduate majors, and 24 graduate majors, including two advanced graduate majors and a doctorate. The university is one among a small group of polytechnic universities in the United States which tend to be primarily devoted to the instruction of technical arts and applied sciences. In 2013, UW-Stout was approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to offer its first doctoral degree, a doctor of education in career and technical education.

On March 9, 2007, Stout was designated "Wisconsin's Polytechnic University" by the UW-System Board of Regents.[3]


Bowman Hall, the oldest building on campus, opened in 1897.

In 1891, James Huff Stout, a Wisconsin State Senator and Menomonie resident, founded a manual training school, the first of several educational enterprises he launched in Menomonie. The Manual Training movement was an educational philosophy that influenced modern vocational education. In the United States, this philosophy was established in the 1870s and used to train engineers, later working its way into public education. Manual training promoted a classical liberal education, but emphasizing practical application such as practical judgment, perception and visual accuracy, and manual dexterity over theory. It was not meant to be used to teach specific trades, but rather to enhance the traditional educational model. Students learned drafting, mechanics, woodworking, metal working, in addition to science, mathematics, language, literature, and history. After the American Civil War, leaders of industry and politics were turning to public education to augment existing apprenticeship programs by incorporating Manual Training philosophy into their curricula. [4]

In addition to the Stout Manual Training School, James Huff Stout established kindergarten classes (1894), a Kindergarten Training School (1899), a School of Physical Culture (1901), training schools for manual training teachers and domestic science teachers (1903), and a Homemaker's School (1907). [5] In 1908, to simplify and clarify administration, Stout merged the various institutions owned by him into the Stout Institute, which was sold to the state of Wisconsin after Stout's death in 1911.[2] The school was governed by its own board of regents until 1955, when it became part of the Wisconsin State Colleges system as Stout State College. The state colleges were all upgraded to university status in 1965, and accordingly Stout State College became Stout State University. In 1971, after the merger of the former University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Universities, the school became part of the University of Wisconsin System and has been named University of Wisconsin–Stout since then.[2] In March 2007, UW-Stout was designated "Wisconsin's Polytechnic University" by the UW System Board of Regents.

In 2010, the university became one of the first universities to ban tobacco use.[citation needed] It is currently the only tobacco-free university in Wisconsin.[citation needed]

Westboro Baptist Church protest[edit]

On April 10, 2008 more than 1,000 UW–Stout students protested the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), which was on campus to demonstrate following the deaths of three UW–Stout students in a house fire off-campus.[6] UW–Stout students used Facebook to show support for their classmates.


UW–Stout consists of eight Colleges and Schools, offering 44 undergraduate and 20 graduate majors, as well as 52 minors. [7] The Graduate School provides oversight for graduate education at the university. UW–Stout offers three terminal degree programs; the Master of Fine Arts in Design, the Educational Specialist degree in both School Psychology and Career and Technical Education, and the Doctor of Education in Career and Technical Education. [8]

Colleges and Schools[edit]

UW-Stout is organized into four colleges: the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences which houses the School of Art and Design; the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences which houses the School of Education; the College of Management which houses the School of Hospitality Leadership; and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The Graduate School provides oversight for graduate education at the university.

English as a Second Language Institute[edit]

The English as a Second Language Institute offers year-round English immersion courses to non-native English speakers who would like to communicate more effectively in their professional, academic and personal lives.


UW–Stout is made up of two parts: a main campus and north campus, which is mostly residence halls and dining and health facilities. The campus is 124 acres (50 ha) with 25 major academic and administrative buildings, 20 residence halls, and 245 laboratories.

Buildings and facilities[edit]

  • Student Health Center
  • Louis Smith Tainter House
    The Louis Smith Tainter House houses the Stout University Foundation and the Stout Alumni Association. Built as a private home, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Harvey Hall
  • Bowman Hall
  • Millennium Hall
  • Heritage Hall (formerly Home Economics Building)
  • Fryklund Hall
  • Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center
  • McCalmont Hall
  • Memorial Student Center
  • Merle M. Price Commons
  • Jarvis Hall
  • Micheels Hall
  • Applied Arts Building
  • Johnson Fieldhouse
  • Sports and Fitness Center
  • Don and Nona Williams Stadium
  • North Point Dining and Fitness Center

Residence halls[edit]

More than 3,000 students live on campus. All freshman and sophomores are required to live on campus for their first two academic years. Housing includes traditional dorms and modern suite-styled rooms. All residence halls are co-ed. Residence halls include:

  • Red Cedar Hall
  • Wigen Hall
  • Hovlid Hall
  • Fleming Hall
  • Jeter-Tainter-Callahan Halls
  • North Hall
  • Antrim-Froggatt-McCalmont Halls
  • Curran-Kranzusch-Tustison-Oetting Halls
  • South Hall
  • Hansen-Keith-Milnes-Chinnock Halls

Currently, Jeter-Tainter-Callahan Hall serves as temporary offices while the academic building Harvey Hall is being renovated.


The university was designated Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University by the UW System Board of Regents in the spring of 2007. [9] In 2013, officials from MIT helped open a fab lab on the UW-Stout campus, the only university in Wisconsin with such a facility.[10]

Research centers and programs[11][edit]

  • Applied Research Center
  • Archives and Area Research Center
  • Assistive Technology and Assessment Center
  • Center for Applied Ethics
  • Center for Nutrition Education
  • Child and Family Study Center
  • Discovery Center (home to the UW-Stout Fab Lab)
  • Nakatani Center for Learning Technologies
  • UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center
  • People Process Culture
  • Risk Control Center
  • Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute

Stout Technology and Business Park[edit]

Just east of the main campus lies the Stout Technology and Research Park, an area housing facilities and laboratories dedicated to research, high technology, engineering, product development and prototype manufacturing, product testing, experimental and commercial testing, and light manufacturing. Business and industry entities located in the STBP include facilities owned by 3M, Andersen Corporation, and ConAgra Foods.[12]


UW–Stout's sports teams are the Blue Devils and the school colors are navy blue and white. The school competes in the WIAC in NCAA Division III. The women's gymnastics team is affiliated with NCGA (National Collegiate Gymnastics Association).

As a DIII university, student athletes compete without the benefit of athletics aid or scholarships. Men's teams include: football, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey and track and field. Women's teams include: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Bowman Hall

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°52′11″N 91°55′40″W / 44.86972°N 91.92778°W / 44.86972; -91.92778