The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley (uwfox.uwc.edu) has had a presence in the Fox Cities since 1933. The campus occupies a 45-acre site within the city of Menasha, and is part of the dynamic Fox Cities. UWFox is accessible by major urban streets, highways, as well as by a regional airport (Appleton/Outagamie County). There is on-campus parking for nearly 660 vehicles, with priority parking for alternative fuel vehicles, disability/handicapped, visitors, motorcycles, as well as Barlow Planetarium and Weis Earth Science Museum guests. The campus is also served by the regional public transportation bus system.
In the fall 2012, nearly 1,800 students were enrolled at UWFox. Nearly 32% of the students enrolled at the campus are 22 years of age or older, with 68% being age 21 or younger. There is a mixture of full-time (53%) and part-time (47%) students.
The campus facilities include the Communication Arts Center that houses the Aylward Gallery, the 362-seat Perry Hall, and the Baehman Theatre; the fascinating Barlow Planetarium, the Weis Earth Science Museum (the state's official mineralogical museum), art and music studios, radio and television production studios, modern library, up-to-date computer labs, on-site child care center, a contracted food service, distance education classrooms, and a state-of-the art science wing with a greenhouse complex. A new 20,000-square foot classroom building will be open beginning with the Fall semester 2012, that will house the mechanical and electrical engineering program and classes.
There are many on-campus areas available that enable students to work on group projects, study, read, socialize, and enjoy wireless internet access.
The campus also stages its indoor intramural and interscholastic athletic events in a multi-purpose Fieldhouse that has an intercollegiate wooden floor that serves as the home court for the championship-quality women’s basketball and volleyball teams, and the men’s basketball team. In addition, students and athletes can enjoy a groomed intercollegiate soccer field, an expansive weight training/fitness room, multiple tennis courts, and a nature study area.
Starting with the fall semester 2012, "The Fox Village" will offer apartment-style living arrangements to interested UWFox students. Located very close to the campus, "The Fox Village" is modern, convenient, and comfortable student housing with amenities that include furnishings, dishwasher, microwave, on-site laundry facilities, free parking for residents, game room and study areas, basic cable TV and wi-fi. More information is available at www.thefoxvillage.com, by phone at 920-585-5584, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. "The Fox Village" is under management by a private developer.
Variety of Academic Programs
UWFox works with its students to take advantage of several inter-university agreements in order to help make transferring to comprehensive campuses as smooth as possible. Campus advisors provide guidance and direction to help students to tie their freshman and sophomore studies to their specific careers.
- Courses are offered during the day and evening, and include traditional classroom settings, labs, field trips, distance education, applied learning, tutoring programs, math and English prep classes. Undergraduate research opportunities are also available.
- Students can begin over 200 majors at UWFox. The "Guaranteed Transfer Program" is available to students, that helps facilitate the next steps in their undergraduate academic program.
- Students earn the Associate of Arts and Science Degree now with an emphasis in 21 different academic areas.
- UWFox assists students interested in nursing degrees at the five UW System universities that offer a College of Nursing (UW-Oshkosh, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Eau Claire, and UW-Green Bay), and helps them get instruction through the distance education program offered through the UW System.
- UWFox offers an articulation agreement in archaeology with UW-La Crosse.
- UWFox offers a collaborative program in Industrial Management with UW-Stout.
- UWFox offers articulation agreements with Beloit College, Ripon College, as well as the College of Business at both UW-Oshkosh and UW-Eau Claire.
- In partnership with UW-Platteville, UWFox offers a dual enrollment through a pre-engineering program.
- Alternative Careers in Teaching (act!) is a teacher certification and licensing program specifically targeted at working professionals who already have a bachelor's degree (or higher) and desire a career teaching middle school or high school mathematics or a natural science.
- In collaboration with several UW System comprehensive campuses, UWFox offers a variety of bachelor's degrees. These degree programs allow students to take all of their courses toward their bachelor's degree conveniently at the UWFox campus, and include: "Organizational Administration" and "Leadership Development" through UW-Oshkosh; "Mechanical Engineering" and "Electrical Engineering" through UW-Platteville; and "American Studies" through UW-Stevens Point.
- The "Fast Track" Program offers short-term courses taught in a blended format incorporating online and evening classes.
The student-to-instructor ratio is approximately 19:1 and the average class size is approximately 24 students. The UWFox faculty boasts terminal degrees in their respective fields including Ph.D.'s, M.B.A.'s, and M.F.A.'s. Several members of the faculty have received awards from state-wide and national organizations.
For the 2011-2012 academic year, the UW-Fox Valley Foundation, Inc. awarded $125,000 to needy and deserving students at UWFox. Students who transfer to four-year universities are also eligible for scholarships through their respective transfer institution.
A wide variety of participative opportunities and experiences are available at UWFox, including:
- [Campus] Ambassadors
- Amnesty International
- Association for Non-Traditional Students (ANTS)
- Ballroom Dance Club
- Biology Club
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club
- Campus Activities Board
- Campus Crusade for Christ
- Circle K International
- Chemistry Club
- Drama Club
- Education Club
- Fox Bytes
- Fox Cry (literary) Review
- Fox Engineering Society
- Fox Journal (student newspaper)
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- Geo Adventure Club
- Human Services Club
- Literature Club
- Nursing and Allied Health Club
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Photography Club
- Political Science Club
- Sigma Kappa Delta
- Sociology and Social Work Club
- Student Association
- Universal Multicultural Association
- University Studios
- Wellness Alliance
- Writers' Club
UWFox "Cyclones" Athletics
- Soccer team (state champions in 2009, 2010, 2011)
- Women's volleyball team
- Men's basketball team (state champions in 2011)
- Women's basketball team
- Men's (state champions in 2011) and women's tennis team
- Men's club baseball team
Campus Outreach Programs
UWFox offers personal and professional development courses through its Office of Continuing Education. The Aylward Gallery hosts periodic exhibits and displays that showcase the works of local and regional artists. Theatrical and musical productions presently take place in Perry Hall and the Baehman Theatre, in the new Communication Arts Center. Special lectures and presentations, including the acclaimed Scholars Series, are scheduled throughout the year. Many members of the campus faculty and staff are available to speak to community organizations and groups throughout the year to share their insight and knowledge within their respective field of expertise.
UWFox proudly claims numerous alumni who have achieved high levels of success within their chosen fields of endeavor. Business professionals, lawyers, community leaders, dentists, teachers, entrepreneurs, accountants, musicians, pharmacists and medical professionals are among the many professionals who got their best start at UWFox. Many alumni have successfully transferred to other UW campuses, including UW-Madison, as well as to large and small, public and private, colleges and universities throughout the Midwest, East Coast, and Southwest. Many UWFox alumni go on to graduate and post-graduate degree programs as well.