University of Wisconsin-Stout

The University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout) is a member campus of the University of Wisconsin System. The school was founded in 1891 in Menomonie, Wisconsin and enrolls more than 8,400 students. It is named in honor of its founder, James Huff Stout, and is one of only two universities in the UW System not named for the city in which it is located.

Since 1971, UW-Stout is one of only two special mission universities in the UW System: it provides focused programs "related to professional careers in industry, technology, home economics, applied art and the helping professions." UW-Stout's programs prepare students for productive careers in industry, commerce, education, human development through the study of technology, applied mathematics and science, art and design, business, industrial management, human behavior, family and consumer sciences, and manufacturing-related engineering and technologies.

UW-Stout offers 31 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate majors, and two advanced graduate majors.

In 2001, UW-Stout was the first university to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

On March 9, 2007, Stout was officially designated "Wisconsin's Polytechnic University" by the Board of Regents. A polytechnic university offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares graduates for professional careers. A polytechnic university blends theory with practice to produce innovative solutions to real world problems. A polytechnic university works closely with business, industry and other educational institutions to benefit students and grow the economy.


UW-Stout has undergone several name changes since its 1891 establishments:

  • Stout Manual Training Schools 1891 to 1908
  • The Stout Institute 1908 to 1955
  • Stout State College 1955 to 1964
  • Stout State University 1964 to 1971
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout 1971 to present


UW-Stout's sports teams are the Blue Devils and school colors are navy blue and white. UW-Stout competes in the WIAC in NCAA Division III.

The symbol of UW-Stout is a feather quill.

Notable alumni


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