As a freshman-sophomore university, the University of Wisconsin-Rock County provides students with a solid educational foundation on which to build. Students can prepare for more than 250 majors or begin their studies without a major and complete the general education requirements, which are transferable to any of the University of Wisconsin bachelor’s degree-granting institutions. Furthermore, UW-Rock County has collaborative programs with UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater, UW-Platteville and UW-Oshkosh for students to earn bachelor’s degrees while attending classes on the UW-Rock County campus or online.
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.
Set on almost 50 rolling acres on Janesville’s southwest side, the campus is located at 2909 Kellogg Avenue and consists of:
Student Profile (Fall 2012)
Employee Profile (Fall 2012)
Why Enroll At UW-Rock County?
Tuition (for two semesters, full-time enrollment, Wisconsin residency at UW-Rock County)
Compared that to:
UW-Madison: $11,833 for tuition and fees for 2012-2013 academic year
UW-Milwaukee: $9,181 for tuition and fees for 2012-2013 academic year
Other UW comprehensive campuses: average $7,985 for the 2012-2013 academic year
Average private college in Wisconsin $23,425 in 2009-10
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 2011 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.