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Rank: 180

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Eau Claire, WIwww.uwec.edu
The University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire has the characteristics of a top-notch regional public college: relatively low debt loads, above average graduation rates, and a not-too-big, not-too-small enrollment of about 10,000 undergraduates. UWEC was founded as a teachers college, and today is a public liberal arts college that offers about 80 majors spread over four colleges. Some of its most popular degree programs are in business, health, and education. Students regularly praise the scenery of the campus, which is on the Chippewa River, but know to expect cold, long winters in that part of the state. The nearest major city is across the state border in Minneapolis, an hour-and-a-half drive away. On campus there's wide support for sustainable projects, including the Living Learning Community, a residence hall that houses students interested in sustainability who examine their day-to-day effect on the environment. Meanwhile, many students participate in one of the campus's musical performance groups, whether it be the large marching band, choir, or jazz orchestra.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$20,600
% of students who get any grants
49%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,200
Average price for low-income students
$9,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
78%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1210/24
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
10,944
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
82%
% of need met
84%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$2,127
student success
Graduation rate
68%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$23,300
Average salary within 3 years
$49,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Aug 20

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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