Overview

University of Wisconsin-Rock County
2909 Kellogg Avenue
Janesville, WI 53546
(608) 758-6565 

Most campus buildings are generally open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Most adminstrative offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Hours are subject to change depending on staffing and scheduled special events, and the campus may be closed for holidays or inclement weather or emergencies.

About the campus

Set on almost 50 rolling acres on Janesville’s southwest side, the campus consists of:

  • Hyatt Smith Hall (1965, remodeled in 2009) administrative offices, classrooms, bookstore, commons area and café
  • Allen Hall (2008) A new library, distance education classrooms, a lecture hall, student common areas, computer laboratories, offices, and more are features of this newest addition to the campus.
  • Andrews Hall (1965) classrooms, federally funded TRIO Student Support Services, Learning Support Center, faculty offices
  • Williams Hall (1965, remodeled in 1999) chemistry, biology, physics, geography, anthropology, nursing, computer lab, lecture hall, student study space
  • Wells Cultural Center (1982) theater, gymnasium, art studio, music practice rooms, and maintenance shop
  • Engineering Center (2007) state-of-the-art engineering laboratory, classroom and offices.  The UW-Rock County Foundation surpassed $700,000 in fundraising to support the construction of the new building.

Student Profile (Fall 2014)

  • 1, 144 students enrolled 
  • 48 percent of students were full-time students and 52 percent were part-time students
  • 33 percent of students are age 22 or older

Employee Profile (Spring 2014)

Total employees: about 125

96 percent of faculty have a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field 

Why Enroll At UW-Rock County?

  • Learn from top-notch faculty who are committed to teaching freshman and sophomore students.
  • Benefit from small class sizes with individual attention when needed.
  • Enjoy close-to-home convenience.
  • Take advantage of the many opportunities available on a smaller campus to get involved.
  • Pay less than at four-year institutions and save money by living at home and keeping a job.
  • Enroll in the Guaranteed Transfer Program and gain admittance to any UW campus upon successful completion of the program.

Tuition

Tuition for two semesters, full-time enrollment for Wisconsin residents at UW-Rock County.

  • $5,108 in 2013-2014

Tuition Comparisions

Tuition for two semesters, full-time enrollment for Wisconsin residents:

UW-Madison: $10,403

UW-Milwaukee: $9,300

UW-Whitewater: $7,425

UW-Oshkosh: $7,401

Beloit College: $42,220

Benefit to the Local Community

In addition to providing credit and non-credit educational programs, cultural events and athletic events, the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in Janesville has a significant impact on the local economy

Student expenditures had, by far, the greatest impact on the local economy, according to George Jones, Ph.D., UW-Rock County Associate Professor of Economics who conducted an economic impact study using data from 2007. Expenditures of $2.24 million were attributed to UW-Rock County students in the community. Add to that the additional expenditures made by the institution, its staff and faculty and that is about $6 million spent right here in southern Wisconsin.

Who benefits from these expenditures? Private businesses account for 77 percent of additional sales activity generated in the local economy by UW-Rock County, its employees and students.

While the study shows that UW-Rock County impacts the economy, the data used for the study comes from 2007, when fall enrollment on the campus was 913. In fall of 2014 more than 1,200 students were enrolled, so the impact of the campus on the local economy is likely greater today. In addition, the study focuses only on expenditures made by UW-Rock County, its employees and its students -- it does not include the university’s impact on labor skills and productivity development, and the extent of lifetime earnings of the university’s graduates.

Other findings of the study show university-related expenditures also generate an annual impact of 55 jobs and well over $1.7 million of total labor income.

The UW Colleges

The UW Colleges is an institution of the University of Wisconsin System consisting of 13 two-year liberal arts transfer campuses located throughout Wisconsin and an online program collectively enrolling more than 14,000 students.

  • Established more than 40 years ago as “Centers” to provide accessible education in primarily rural areas
  • Renamed UW Colleges in 1997 to emphasize the fundamental role played as part of the UW System
  • Accredited by Higher Learning Commission (formerly North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
  • Local county government owns and maintains campus buildings and grounds
  • State of Wisconsin provides administration, faculty, and operating budget