As a freshman-sophomore university, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at 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, UWW 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 UWW Rock County campus or online.

The University of Wisconsin System Mission

Each institution of the University of Wisconsin System shares in the mission of the System.

The mission of the System is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses, and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities; scientific, professional, and technological expertise; and a sense of value and purpose. Inherent in this broad mission are methods of instruction, research, extended education, and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the System is the search for truth.

Select Mission of the University of Wisconsin Colleges

In addition, the University of Wisconsin Colleges has the following select mission:

The University of Wisconsin Colleges, as part of the University of Wisconsin System, shares the University's overall responsibility to disseminate knowledge, expand information, enrich our culture, and to provide outreach services. These activities are carried out at the 13 locally-owned campuses which, collectively, are the freshman-sophomore liberal arts transfer institution of the University of Wisconsin System, entitled to offer a general education associate degree. Its programs aim to provide qualified students of all ages and backgrounds with the proficiencies and breadth of knowledge that prepare them for baccalaureate and professional programs, for lifelong learning, and for leadership, service, and responsible citizenship.

To carry out its select mission, the University of Wisconsin Colleges commits itself to the following goals:

  1. To plan and deliver the freshman-sophomore years of baccalaureate programs and professional studies.
  2. To place major emphasis on teaching excellence.
  3. To support the development, testing, and use of effective teaching methods.
  4. To expect scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that supports its programs at the associate degree level.
  5. To serve the citizens in the University of Wisconsin Colleges service areas by:
    1. promoting the integration of the extension function and encouraging faculty and staff to participate in outreach activity through, for example, providing continuing education programs,
    2. facilitating the delivery of programs offered by other University of Wisconsin System institutions.
  6. To participate in inter-institutional relationships including but not limited to private colleges, public schools, other University of Wisconsin institutions, and the VTAE System in order to maximize educational opportunity and resources for the citizens of the University of Wisconsin Colleges service areas.
  7. To serve the special needs of minority, disadvantaged, disabled and nontraditional students, especially those in immediate service areas.
  8. To provide opportunities for cultural enrichment in the service area of each University of Wisconsin Colleges campus.
  9. To make available, as a service to business, industry, and the general public, the unique professional expertise of the faculty and staff.