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University of Wisconsin Parkside

Somers, Wisconsin, United States
Since 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has been enriching minds and changing lives of those who attend. That rich legacy continues today.Small classes and one-on-one faculty attention have been our hallmark, and continue to be part of an experience that brightens futures. 



The University of Wisconsin has had a presence in southeastern Wisconsin since 1933 when it established two-year centers in Racine and Kenosha. For years, residents in our communities were eager for a university that offered a four-year degree. Finally, in 1965, the Wisconsin Legislature passed a bill merging the two centers and creating the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. The campus will be a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional and global progress.

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Student services

From Academic Advising to Student Affairs, all student service offices are here to help you have a great experience at UWP. Whether you are looking for computer labs, have a health concern, or need to take a placement test, we offer a variety of services for your convenience.

Housing services

College is about more than just what happens in the classroom. Living on campus is the best way to have all that Parkside offers right at your fingertips.

We know it's important that you're comfortable where you live, so our residents can choose from three kinds of living environments: traditional, apartment, and suite styles.

Library services

The Library houses a collection of over 356,000 volumes, 11,000 audio visual titles, 972,991 microform pieces, over 100,000 electronic books, and maintains subscriptions to 1200 periodicals. In addition, the Library offers access to over 200 databases; all are available remotely to UW-P faculty, staff and students.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is located in the town of Somers, Kenosha County, minutes from downtown Kenosha and downtown Racine, and about one hour from Milwaukee or Chicago. Here, on our idyllic campus set on 700 acres of natural Wisconsin prairie and woodland, you'll find energetic students making the most of their higher-education experience.

Sports facilities

As the only NCAA Division II school in Wisconsin, UWP athletics and the associated Sports and Activity Center exists to serve students, student athletes and the community at large. If you looking for some great sports action, check out one of the many athletics events on campus.


One of 13 baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree-granting campuses in the esteemed University of Wisconsin System, Parkside is accredited by the following agencies:

  • The Higher Learning Commission, (HLC) a commission of the North Central Association.
  • The College of Business, Economics, and Computing is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB).
  • The chemistry degree program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Somers, Wisconsin, United States

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