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.
The symbol of UW-Stout is a feather quill.