University of Wisconsin–Barron County

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University of Wisconsin–Barron County
Type State university
Established 1966
Dean Keith Montgomery [1]
Academic staff
Undergraduates 700
Location Rice Lake, Wisconsin, United States
Campus Small town, 110 acres (45 ha)
Colors Maroon and White
Nickname Chargers

The University of Wisconsin–Barron County (also known as UW–Barron County or UW–BC) is part of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, making it one of 14[2] two-year campuses of the University of Wisconsin System. It is located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Enrollment was 589 full- and part-time students in fall, 2013,[3] and about 25% of UW–BC students are adults returning to school.[4]

UW–BC is located on approximately 110 acres (45 ha) of partially wooded land.[5] Six buildings comprise the campus. These include Meggers Hall/Ritzinger Hall (administration and classrooms), the Fine Arts Building, library, gymnasium, student center, and physical plant.[6] Other educational and recreational facilities include an observatory, a Japanese Garden, a three-hole golf course, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, an eighteen-hole disc golf course, and a prairie restoration and wildlife habitat study area. The CedarSide Trail for walking and biking winds through the campus.[5]


UW–Barron County was established in 1966.[7] In the fall of 2006, an extensive $6.4 million expansion and renovation project was completed. Most notably, the new construction updated and connected Meggers Hall with Ritzinger Hall. Expanded and renovated facilities include state-of-the-art science laboratories, a greenhouse, high-tech classrooms, and student activity areas.[8]

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UW–BC provides the first two years of a liberal arts general education, and the campus awards graduating students with the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. The college is accedited by the Higher Learning Commission.[10]

According to the UW–Barron County website, many majors can be started at the college. Most students can complete all the appropriate general education courses for their major at the campus. Areas of study that are available include pre-professional programs, agriculture and natural resources, the biological sciences, business, communications and letters, education, engineering, fine arts, foreign languages, health studies, mathematics and computer science, the physical sciences, public affairs and service, and the social sciences.[11]

UW–Barron County employs a textbook rental system, so students do not need to purchase textbooks.[4]


UW–Barron County athletic teams are called the "Chargers". The Chargers belong to the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference (WCC) which comprises the fourteen UW Colleges campuses[12], and the Wisconsin Junior College Athletic Association (WJCAA).[13] Charger sports include golf, women's volleyball, men's basketball, and men's club baseball.[14]


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  3. ^ University of Wisconsin Colleges Office of Academic Affairs. The University of Wisconsin Colleges' Fact Book 2013-2014. Madison: University of Wisconsin Colleges, 2014, p. 45.
  4. ^ a b "Find Info on College, University, Four Year Schools, Community Colleges, Career Schools, Scholarships, Financial Aid, College Admission". Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  5. ^ a b "University of Wisconsin-Barron County". Archived from the original on 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
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  7. ^ "Home - Rice Lake Area Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
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  9. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2011–2012,' Biographical Sketch of Roger Rivard, pg. 69
  10. ^ "University of Wisconsin-Barron County - The College Board". Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  11. ^ "Majors, Certificates & Degree Options | University of Wisconsin-Barron County". Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
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  13. ^ "Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Basketball". Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  14. ^ "Varsity Athletics | University of Wisconsin-Barron County". Retrieved 2015-09-02. 

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