The University of Wisconsin-Barron County is located on approximately 110 acres of land in the city of Rice Lake, which is 60 miles north of Eau Claire and 120 miles northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
UW-BC enrolls approximately 550 full- and part-time students from over 40 high schools in a ten-county area; 20% are adults returning to school.
UW-BC is nestled along the winding Red Cedar River on partially wooded land. Six buildings comprise the campus including Meggers Administration/Ritzinger Science Building, Library, Student Center, Gymnasium, Fine Arts Building and Physical Plant. The recently completed expansion project offers state-of-the-art science labs, high-tech classrooms, and comfortable student activity space. Other educational and recreational facilities include the Fitness Center, Observatory, Japanese Garden, three-hole golf course, baseball diamonds, 18-hole disc golf course and soccer field. A prairie restoration and wildlife habitat study area is also on campus and the CedarSide Trail for walking/biking runs through the campus.
UW-BC has observatory sessions, educational trips, tutoring services, The Learning Center, online courses, Career Development Center, a summer session, and winterim session.
UW-BC has teamed with UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville and UW-Superior to offer 15 bachelor's degrees that can be earned through distance education.
Service Learning/Internship Programs
Through partnerships developed between UW-BC and area businesses and community agencies, students can earn 1-2 credits while undertaking an independent academic project in a professional work environment. Benefits of participating in the Internship or Service Learning program include the opportunity to test skills and abilities, gain valuable experience, enhance a resume, and define educational and career goals.
A scholarship program for first-year, continuing and transferring students is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. The scholarship fund is supported by donations from area businesses, individuals and civic groups along with the UW-BC faculty and staff.
Community Interest Programs
Continuing Education courses include a wide range of personal enrichment and professional development courses for all ages along with teacher re-certification programs and online learning opportunities. Other campus programs include the Best of Broadway theatre series, open forums, documentary film viewings, astronomical viewing sessions, Thursday@theU Lecture Series, Communiversity Band, Red Cedar Choir and art gallery exhibits.
Educational Opportunity Center
The UW-BC Educational Opportunity Network (EON) provides assistance and information to adults who seek to enter into or continue a program of postsecondary education. Services include academic and financial aid counseling, career exploration and aptitude assessment services, and assistance with the re-entry process. UW-BC provides this service in cooperation with the UW-Eau Claire EON.
Activities include intramural and varsity sports, music and theatre, Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa national honor society, CBU, Encore (for returning adult students), Roots (the campus newspaper), Red Cedar literary magazine, Alliance, Charger Chess Club, Philosophy Club, and Darkroom Photography Club along with other special interest clubs.