University of Wisconsin–Platteville

University of Wisconsin–Platteville (also known as UW–Platteville) is a public university located in Platteville, Wisconsin, United States. Part of the University of Wisconsin System, it offers both bachelor's and master's degrees. The university has three colleges that serve over 8,000 students on-campus and an additional 3,000 students through its five distance education programs.

University of Wisconsin–Platteville
UW–Platteville seal
MottoEvery Day is a Great Day to be a Pioneer!
TypeState university
ChancellorDennis Shields
Administrative staff
Location, ,

42°43′59″N 90°29′17″W / 42.733°N 90.488°WCoordinates: 42°43′59″N 90°29′17″W / 42.733°N 90.488°W
Campus820 acres (332 ha)
ColorsOrange & Blue[3]

UW–Platteville logo


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An Illustration of the Platteville Normal School, from the 1885 edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book.

The university grew from the 1959 merger of two schools: Wisconsin State College, Platteville and Wisconsin Institute of Technology.[4] WSC-Platteville was founded in 1866 as Platteville Normal School, the first teacher preparation school in Wisconsin. It was renamed Platteville State Teachers College in 1926 and Wisconsin State College, Platteville in 1951. The Wisconsin Institute of Technology, founded in 1907 as the Wisconsin Mining Trade School, was founded to train technicians for the numerous mining operations around Platteville. It evolved into the first three-year program for mining engineers in the United States. It changed its name to the Wisconsin Institute of Technology in 1939. The merged school took the name Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology. In 1966, along with Wisconsin's other state colleges, it was granted university status as Wisconsin State University-Platteville. It took its current name after the Wisconsin State University system merged with the University of Wisconsin in 1971.[4]

Starting in the late 1960s, the University of Wisconsin–Platteville expanded its academic program and established new colleges, the largest being a business college. The mining college was transformed into an engineering college encompassing mining, electrical, mechanical, and eventually electronic engineering. In the late 1980s, the mining engineering degree was phased out because of falling enrollment. By that time it had been overshadowed by the other engineering degrees.

From 1984 to 2000, the Chicago Bears of the National Football League held pre-season training camp at UW–Platteville. They were considered a member of the "Cheese League" that in 1999 consisted of the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs, with each team practicing at a different university in Wisconsin.[5] In 2001, the Illinois General Assembly asked the Bears to move to an Illinois practice facility in order to raise funds for remodeling Soldier Field. Before the Bears left, they donated $250,000 to UW–Platteville for a new computer lab, which was named "The Bears Den".[6]

In the 1980s, UW-Platteville made an effort to bring businesses to the Platteville area to take advantage of university resources. Rockwell Automation started this trend in the 1980s when it recruited two engineering professors at UW–Platteville to start an engineering firm. Rockwell provided financing and awarded them major contracts. The resulting business was Insight Industries, which later changed to AVISTA Inc. (now a division of Esterline, Inc.).

On June 16, 2014, an EF2 tornado struck the UW-Platteville campus, causing $18.6 million in damage.[7][8]

The Agriculture and Manual Arts Building/Platteville State Normal School, now known as Ullrich Hall, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


UW–Platteville's campus has no city streets that cut through the campus. During the 1960s, all city streets and parking lots within the campus were replaced with wide sidewalks and manicured lawns.

UW–Platteville has 13 residence halls.[9] Southwest Hall opened in the fall of 2006.[10] To accommodate a rapidly growing student body Rountree Commons opened in August 2012 and Bridgeway Commons opened in August 2013.[11][12]

Ullsvik Hall, renovated and expanded between 2006 and 2008, houses administrative offices, academic facilities, visitor center, and other support departments. It also has banquet and catering facilities, including the Robert I. Velzy Commons, and the Nohr Art Gallery.[13]

Boebel Hall (math, biology, geography, etc.)
Boebel Hall (math, biology, geography, etc.)
Ottensman Hall (engineering)
Ottensman Hall (engineering)

Student union

Pioneer Student Center
Pioneer Student Center

In 2002, a new student union, the Pioneer Student Center, was opened at the center of campus. The new location makes the student union the heart of the campus. The union also serves as a technology and activity hub with a large computer lab (the Bear's Den), an involvement center, and on-campus activities. The union houses one of two dining complexes, the Pioneer Crossing, which includes "Signature Line" and "Pioneer Haus." The center also includes a deli and coffee shop. The other location for food on campus is Bridgeway Commons, located in the residence hall section of campus. In 2011 the student center building was named the Markee Pioneer Student Center, after former Chancellor David Markee and his wife Lou Ann.


The university is part of the University of Wisconsin System, and has an administrative staff headed by a Chancellor. Its colleges are headed by deans and departments chairpersons who report to the deans. The university consists of three colleges that offer bachelor's and master's degrees:

  • The College of Business, Industry, Life Sciences and Agriculture - offering programs in modern business and industrial applications, biology and agricultural sciences.
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Education - with programs in humanities, social sciences (such as psychology), fine arts and education
  • The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science - consisting of electrical, mechanical, industrial, civil/environmental, computer science, software engineering, chemistry, engineering physics, and mathematics.

Students and faculty

In 2004, UWP received approval from the UW system to increase its enrollment from 5,500 to 7,500 students. UWP started a program called the Tri-State Initiative, which aims to attract prospective students from Illinois and Iowa.[14] The enrollment of UWP, as of Spring 2008, stood at 7,795 undergraduates and 830 graduate students. As of 2004, UWP was staffed by 336 faculty.[15]

Distance education

Brigham Hall (Registrar, tutoring services, etc.)
Brigham Hall (Registrar, tutoring services, etc.)

In 1978, the University introduced print-based courses to enable Wisconsin residents living in isolated areas to earn an undergraduate degree in business administration without having to travel to a university campus. In 1996, the residency requirement was amended and the distance program was extended to working adults living throughout the United States. In 1999, online graduate programs in criminal justice, engineering, and project management were introduced, allowing students throughout the world to earn an accredited degree at a distance from UW–P. In addition to accredited degree programs, UWP has also developed online leadership and management courses in association with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and on-site project management courses in association with a project management consulting company.[16]

Extracurricular activities

Sculpture ensemble 'Stratagem' (Scott Walker)
Sculpture ensemble "Stratagem"

UW–Platteville has over 250 clubs and organizations including American Foundry Society.[17]


UW–Platteville is a member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 14 sports, including football and basketball. The teams are nicknamed the Pioneers. Men's sports include basketball, football, indoor & outdoor track and field, cross country, wrestling, soccer, and baseball. Women's sports include basketball, soccer, indoor & outdoor track and field, volleyball, cross country, golf, softball, and cheerleading. All teams compete in NCAA Division III and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. There are also a number of club sports teams such as hockey and lacrosse which are partially funded through the university.

The men's basketball team won NCAA Division III championships in 1991, 1995, 1998, and 1999. The Pioneers qualified for the Division III men's basketball tournament from 1991-1999 and returned 10 years later in 2009. Bo Ryan, who later became head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers, guided the Pioneers to a 353-76 record and the best winning percentage in NCAA Division III basketball. Ryan established one of the best home court advantages of all time as the Pioneers only lost 5 games at home in a decade. The team averaged 26 wins a season in the 1990s, when the Division III men's regular season schedule only allowed 25 games per year. The university named the basketball floor "Bo Ryan Court" in January, 2007.[18]


The student newspaper, The Exponent, is published weekly by a student staff.

Greek life

UW–Platteville has several nationally affiliated and local Greek organizations:




Lighting of the M
Lighting of the Platte Mound M.

The largest celebration by UW–Platteville students is the twice-annual lighting of the Platte Mound M. The "M" is located on Platte Mound, a nearby large hill east of the city of Platteville.[20]

Each Spring, the men's and women's rugby clubs host Mudfest on campus, a large fifteen-style rugby tournament for teams around the Midwest[21].


The city has a large number of taverns, mainly on Second Street. Of the student body over 3,700 live in campus residence halls, with a growing number of students staying in town during the weekends.[22] Students that don't live on campus typically live in houses off campus that are rented by the year. At one time taverns would regularly have standing-room-only nights. The music scene, funded by the taverns was active, producing several bands a year. One band, All Envy Aside (formerly Envy), won the MTV Best Band on Campus contest in 2005.[23]

Notable people

The following have attended or held positions at University of Wisconsin–Platteville:




See also

  • Portal-puzzle.svg University of Wisconsin–Platteville portal
  • HiC - C++ development environment for introductory computer science classes - developed by UW–Platteville
  • WSUP-FM - student radio station (90.5 MHz)


  1. ^ "America's Best Colleges 2011 - University of Wisconsin–Platteville". US News and World Report. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  2. ^ a b Institute of Education Sciences (2014). "University of Wisconsin–platteville - College". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "About UW-Platteville".
  5. ^ "Bears ponder migration from Wisconsin," Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal
  6. ^ "UW-Platteville reflects on Bears training camps". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  7. ^ UPDATE: Tornado caused $18.6 million in damage at UW-Platteville WMTV, June 2, 2015.
  8. ^ Photo Gallery: June 16 Tornado and Clean-up UW-Platteville.
  9. ^ "Student Housing". University of Wisconsin–Platteville. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
  10. ^ "New residence Hall". University of Wisconsin–Platteville. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
  11. ^ "Rountree Commons residence hall on schedule at UW-Platteville". University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  12. ^ "new Residence hall construction begins" (Internal Email) July 24, 2012
  13. ^ "Latest News About UW-Platteville". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Admission". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-01-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "University of Wisconsin–Platteville Distance Education and Online Degrees". University of Wisconsin–Platteville. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
  17. ^ "PioneerLink - Organizations". Archived from the original on 31 July 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  18. ^ "UW-Platteville Men's Basketball Archives". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Greek Life". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  20. ^ Platteville Chamber of Commerce Attractions Archived 2008-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. 42°45′48″N 90°24′24″W / 42.76333°N 90.40667°W
  21. ^ Hays, Morgan. "The tradition continues: Mudfest 2018". Exponent. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  22. ^ "Community Options". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  23. ^ "Latest News About UW-Platteville". Retrieved 13 November 2016.

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Allen Jeardeau

Allen Wilson Jeardeau (April 1, 1866 – April 10, 1900) was an American football and baseball coach. He served as the head football coach at the Platteville Normal School—now the University of Wisconsin–Platteville—in 1895 and 1898 and at Louisiana State University (LSU) from 1896 to 1897. In 1896, his first season with the LSU Tigers, Jeardeau led the team to a 6–0 record and a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) championship. He was also the head coach of the LSU Tigers baseball team in 1898. Jeardeau was a graduate of the Platteville Normal School and a student at Harvard University. He died of pneumonia on April 10, 1900 at his home near Platteville, Wisconsin.

Arthur W. Kopp

Arthur William Kopp (February 28, 1874 – June 2, 1967) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.

Born in Bigpatch, Wisconsin, Kopp attended the common schools of Grant County, Wisconsin. He graduated from the State normal school, now the University of Wisconsin–Platteville in Platteville, Wisconsin, in 1895. He taught school for three years. He graduated from the law department of the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1900, and was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Platteville, Grant County.

He served as member of the board of aldermen in Platteville from 1903 till 1904, and was the city attorney in 1903 and 1904. He served as district attorney of Grant County from 1904 to 1908.

Kopp was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses (March 4, 1909 - March 3, 1913) representing Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district. He was not a candidate for reelection to the Sixty-third Congress. After congress he resumed the practice of law.Kopp was elected circuit judge of the fifth judicial district of Wisconsin in 1942 and served until his retirement January 1, 1955. He was a reserve circuit judge after retirement, accepting occasional assignments. He was also a law consultant.

He died in Platteville, Wisconsin, on June 2, 1967. He was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.

Barbara Thompson (politician)

Barbara Thompson (October 15, 1924 – September 23, 2010) was an educator and the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin from 1973 to 1981.

Born in McFarland, Wisconsin and raised on a dairy and tobacco farm, the former Barbara Ruth Storck graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville in 1956 and received her masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Initially, Thompson started to teach in a one-room schoolhouse and was a school administrator. She campaigned for the State Superintendent office, while recovering from a broken arm in 1973, and was the first woman to be elected to the office. During her administration, the teachers in Hortonville, Wisconsin went on strike. Thompson also required teachers in Wisconsin to go through continuing education and to have their teachers licenses renewed once every five years. She died in Bradenton, Florida.

Ben Brancel

Ben Brancel (July 31, 1950) is a Wisconsin politician and former legislator who served as the Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture until his retirement in 2017.Born in Portage, Wisconsin, Brancel graduated from University of Wisconsin–Platteville. Brancel served on the town board and board of education. Brancel managed a dairy operation for 22 years and now runs a 290-acre family farm with his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. From 1987 until 1997, he served in the Wisconsin State Assembly representing District 42, and served as Speaker of the House. In 1997, Brancel resigned from the Wisconsin Assembly to serve as Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection in Governor Tommy Thompson's administration. He served in that capacity until 2001. In 2001, Brancel was appointed as director of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency by the Bush Administration, where he served until early 2009. Later that year, he served as the part-time state relations liaison for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

In January 2011, Brancel was appointed by Governor Scott Walker to serve as Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Secretary once again.

Charles E. Estabrook

Charles Edward Estabrook (October 31, 1847 – December 3, 1918) was an American schoolteacher, lawyer and Republican politician from Wisconsin.

Dale Schultz

Dale W. Schultz is a Republican politician who represented the 17th District in the Wisconsin Senate from 1991 until 2015. He was previously a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1982 through 1991.

David Ott

David Ott (born July 5, 1947) is an American composer of classical music.

Born in Crystal Falls, Michigan, Ott's works include four symphonies, an opera (The Widows Lantern), the Annapolis Overture, written for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and various pieces of children's music. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music (four times) and the Grammies (twice). The premiere of his Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich, gained Ott the 1988 nomination. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1969. He received his master's degree at Indiana University, and his PhD. in music at the University of Kentucky.Ott has served on the faculties of Houghton College in New York, Pfeiffer College in North Carolina, and DePauw University in Indiana, being honored as Outstanding Professor at two of these institutions. He also held the appointment of Pace Eminent Scholar and Composer in Residence at the University of West Florida.David Ott was the founder (2001) and director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Northwest Florida, until it disbanded in 2008.Ott's opera, The Widow's Lantern, premiered September 26, 2009, and was performed by the Pensacola Opera. After the premiere, Dr. Ott was seriously injured when he fell 14 feet into the basement below the orchestra pit. His newest work, Symphony No. 5, was premiered with the Reston Community Orchestra (Reston, Virginia) on November 22, 2009.

On January 10, 2013, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported that Ott had recently started a foundation, Music for Healing, to bring music to the sick and elderly in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Glenn Robert Davis

Glenn Robert Davis (October 28, 1914 – September 21, 1988) was a member of the United States House of Representatives for Wisconsin. He represented Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district from April 22, 1947 to January 3, 1957, and Wisconsin's 9th congressional district from January 3, 1965 to December 31, 1974.

Greg Gard

Gregory Glen Gard (born December 3, 1970) is an American college basketball coach for the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team. Gard took over on December 15, 2015, after Bo Ryan announced his retirement as head coach of the Badgers.

James William Murphy

James William Murphy (April 17, 1858 – July 11, 1927) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.

Born in Platteville, Wisconsin in 1858, Murphy graduated from the State Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Platteville) in 1873 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1880. He practiced law in Platteville, and served as district attorney of Grant County, Wisconsin from 1887 to 1891. He was elected mayor of Platteville for a two-year term in 1904, and was then elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1906, defeating Joseph W. Babcock for the seat from Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district. Murphy served one term as part of the 60th United States Congress, but was defeated for reelection in 1908 by Arthur W. Kopp. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress once more, in 1920. He died in Rochester, Minnesota in 1927.

John W. Cox Jr.

John W. Cox Jr. (born July 10, 1947) is an American politician who was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives for one term. From 1991 to 1993 he

represented the 16th District of Illinois.Cox was born in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and he attended the nearby University of Wisconsin–Platteville in Platteville, Wisconsin. He was then educated at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and was the Jo Daviess County, Illinois State's Attorney and prosecutor, as well as a lawyer in private practice before entering the House.

After the retirement of Republican Lynn Morley Martin, Cox surprisingly won the 16th in 1990. That part of Northern Illinois had not sent a Democrat to the House since the creation of the district. He was defeated for reelection by Don Manzullo, who held the seat until his defeat by fellow Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger for re-nomination in the 2012 Republican primary election held on March 20, 2012, after the decennial re-districting.

Following his term, Cox returned to Galena, Illinois where he continued his private law practice. Since returning to Galena, Cox has also served as City Attorney for the City of Galena, Illinois. Currently Cox is Vice President for External Affairs and General Counsel for Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP), an Illinois energy cooperative.

Mike Endsley

Mike Endsley (born March 4, 1962) is a Wisconsin politician and legislator.

Born in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, Endsley graduated with a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville in 1984. He was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. He has described himself as a social conservative, and pro-life.In March 2014, Endsley announced he was not seeking a 3rd term and was returning to the private sector.

Platte Mound M

The Platte Mound M is the letter "M" written using whitewashed stones on Platte Mound about four miles east of Platteville, Wisconsin. It is the largest letter "M" in the world. The letter is 241 feet (73 m) high, 214 feet (65 m) wide, with legs 25 feet (7.6 m) wide.

Platteville, Wisconsin

Platteville is the largest city in Grant County in southwestern Wisconsin. The population was 11,224 at the 2010 census, growing 12% since the 2000 Census. Much of this growth is likely due to the enrollment increase of the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. It is the principal city of the Platteville Micropolitan Statistical area which has an estimated population of 49,681.

Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium

Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium is a stadium in Platteville, Wisconsin. It is used for collegiate and high school American football and collegiate soccer, and is the home field of the University of Wisconsin–Platteville "Pioneers".

Pioneer Stadium opened in 1972 and holds 10,000 people. It is the second largest stadium in Division III collegiate football, and the largest soccer stadium. From 1984-2001, the stadium and other university facilities were also used as the Chicago Bears' training camp home.The stadium is named for Ralph Emerson Davis, a geologist and "godfather of the natural gas industry," who served as the Director of the Wisconsin Mining School, which would eventually merge to for the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. Davis's generous donation helped complete the $1.25 million facility.

In 2005, stadium renovations included replacing the grass surface with a Pro-Grass in-fill surface.On June 16, 2014, the stadium was damaged by a tornado.

Robert S. Travis Jr.

Robert S. Travis Jr. (born August 24, 1947) is a former American politician.

Born in Cuba City, Wisconsin, Travis graduated from Platteville High School in Platteville, Wisconsin and then went to University of Wisconsin–Platteville from 1965 to 1969. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1976. Travis served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1977 to 1987 and was a Republican. His father was Robert S. Travis who also served in the Wisconsin Legislature.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County is a branch campus of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. It was formerly University of Wisconsin–Baraboo/Sauk County, then a part of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, and a two-year institution of the University of Wisconsin System. UW-Baraboo/Sauk County is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA.

Prior to July 1, 2018, UW–Baraboo/Sauk County was one of 13 freshman-sophomore liberal arts transfer campuses of the UW Colleges and offers a general education associate degree. After beginning their studies at UW–Baraboo/Sauk County, students transfer to other UW System institutions as well as to colleges and universities throughout the country to complete their bachelor's degrees. In 2013, the college had an average class size of 22.5 students. The campus features a 68 acres (28 ha) overlooking the Baraboo bluffs.

On July 1, 2018, the campus formally merged with UW-Platteville, a 4-year comprehensive university that is part of the University of Wisconsin System. At that time it received its current name.

University of Wisconsin–Platteville Richland

The University of Wisconsin–Platteville Richland (formerly University of Wisconsin-Richland) is a two-year campus of the University of Wisconsin System located in Richland Center, Wisconsin, United States. The college is a satellite campus of the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.

UW–Richland is one of thirteen freshman-sophomore liberal arts transfer campuses of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, and offers a general education associate degree. In addition, UW-Richland offers the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences.


WSUP is a university-run radio station located in Platteville, Wisconsin. It is run by an all-volunteer student body at University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

WSUP is the oldest student-operated radio station in the UW System, originating in 1964, when the university was Wisconsin State University-Platteville (hence the call letters). The station is licensed to the Wisconsin State Board of Regents and is administered by the University of Wisconsin System.

WSUP operates on an assigned frequency of 90.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 1,000 watts. Studios and transmitter for WSUP are located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The mission of WSUP is two-fold, as identified by the Board of Regents: to provide a valuable on-site practicum for university instruction through practical experience to students; and, to act in a service and outreach capacity for the university to the campus community and to the city of license.

On February 1, 2006, WSUP launched a live web stream of their programming. This was disabled temporarily for legal reasons regarding the playing of copyrighted music in 2008. WSUP still continued to webcast many of their UWP athletic events. As of March 1, 2010, WSUP has once again begun to stream all of its content 24/7 for all of its listeners around the world.

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