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University of Wisconsin–Richland

University of Wisconsin–Richland
Established 1967
Type Public
Location Richland Center, Wisconsin, United States
Colors Royal Blue and White, with Red Accents
Sports Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball
Mascot Roadrunner
UW–Richland Melvill Hall
UW–Richland campus

The University of Wisconsin–Richland (formerly University of Wisconsin Center-Richland) is a two-year campus of the University of Wisconsin System located in Richland Center, Wisconsin, United States. The University of Wisconsin–Richland is a freshman-sophomore University of Wisconsin campus. UW-Richland also offers the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences degree.

UW–Richland is one of thirteen freshman-sophomore liberal arts transfer campuses of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, and offers a general education associate degree. In addition, UW-Richland offers the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences.


The campus is located on 135 acres (55 ha) in Richland Center, the birthplace of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. UW–Richland has seven main buildings—Classroom Building, East Hall, Melvill Hall, Miller Memorial Library, Roadrunner Gymnasium, Science Hall, and Wallace Student Center/Coppertop Theatre. Improvements and expansions include construction of the community’s on-campus Symons Recreation Complex in 1987, Campus View student housing in 1987, expanded in 1988 and 1999, renovation and expansion of Melvill Hall in 1998, and Science Hall in 2001. East Hall, a former county building adjacent to the campus, was renovated and became the newest UW-Richland building in 2010.


Known today as the University of Wisconsin–Richland, the present campus opened in 1967 as the Richland Branch Campus of the Wisconsin State University-Platteville. With the 1972 merger of the University of Wisconsin and State University Systems, the campus became part of the University of Wisconsin Center System and was known as UW Center-Richland. In 1997, the name of the institution was changed to the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the campus name to UW–Richland.


The campus offers an array of courses to begin any of more than 200 majors. Many UW–Richland students mark completion of the first half of a bachelor's degree by earning the Associate of Arts and Science degree or use the Guaranteed Transfer Program, under which students are guaranteed admission to a four-year University of Wisconsin System campus of their choice if they meet certain academic requirements.

Special programs

Since the mid-1980s, UW–Richland has been a partner in several international programs, bringing students from around the world to Richland Center to live and learn. An array of activities enhances outside-the-classroom learning and includes Student Senate/student government, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, International Club, Student Wisconsin Education Association chapter Educators of the Future and more.


A member of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference, UW–Richland offers men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, as well as club soccer and intramural sports. Students have discounted access to Symons Recreation Complex and they may swim for free there. UW–Richland’s mascot is the Roadrunner and school colors are royal blue and white, with red accents.

External links

  • UW–Richland Official website

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