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Colleges / University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Eau Claire, WI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

About UW Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Overview

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a public, state school in a small town setting in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. UW Eau Claire was founded in 1916 and the school enrolls around 10,064 students per year, which includes 9,377 undergrads. UW Eau Claire provides housing for up to 4,156 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 70% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to UW Eau Claire for Fall 2023 is August 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by August 1.

Student Involvement at UW Eau Claire

Are you interested in music or performing? At UW Eau Claire you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UW Eau Claire students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? UW Eau Claire has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UW Eau Claire has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UW Eau Claire on the Student Life page.

2022 UW Eau Claire Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 2%
In-State Tuition $10,239
Out-of-State $17,627
Percent of Need Met 80%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $9,039

Is UW Eau Claire a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how selective a university is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better sense of what UW Eau Claire offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

UW Eau Claire Acceptance Rate 2022

UW Eau Claire is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 85% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 8,297 applications received in 2022, 7,091 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UW Eau Claire

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 78% of students who start at UW Eau Claire come back for their second year of college. UW Eau Claire's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 68%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook UW Eau Claire Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. 76% of graduates from UW Eau Claire recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Recent UW Eau Claire grads have an average starting salary of $47,958 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's endowment was $95.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $6,233 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UW Eau Claire

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

UW Eau Claire meets 80% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UW Eau Claire full-time are awarded $9,039 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $25,435 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UW Eau Claire.

Based on this information, does UW Eau Claire seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UW Eau Claire a good school for you?

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Where is University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Located?

UW Eau Claire is located in the small town setting of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, less than an hour from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

If you want to see UW Eau Claire for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 94 to Eau Claire, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UW Eau Claire and Eau Claire are like without leaving home.

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College Info

105 Garfield Ave Eau Claire, WI 54701

Campus Setting: Small Town

UW Eau Claire Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 20

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW Eau Claire is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW Eau Claire is Aug 20.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UW Eau Claire ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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21 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UW Eau Claire is 24. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into UW Eau Claire. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UW Eau Claire SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1250


Math SAT Range

530 - 630


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

UW Eau Claire Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UW Eau Claire is like? There are approximately 10,064 students enrolled at UW Eau Claire, including 9,377 undergraduate students and 687 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 65% percent are from WI and 35% percent of students are from other states.


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