Mission & Values

What we stand for: the mission, vision, and values of UW-Stout.
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Our Mission

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is a career-focused, comprehensive polytechnic university where diverse students, faculty and staff integrate applied learning, scientific theory, humanistic understanding, creativity and research to solve real-world problems, grow the economy and serve a global society.

The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to professional careers in industry, commerce, education and human services through the study of applied mathematics and science, art and design, business and management, social and behavioral sciences, education, family and consumer sciences, select engineering programs, applied technologies, select health studies, and technical communication.

Our Vision

UW-Stout will build on its position as a distinguished polytechnic institution and as an international leader in higher education. We prepare lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens through collaborative programs that integrate applied learning, theory and research with business, education, industry, arts and government.

Our Values

In the UW-Stout community, we value: 

  • The advancement of academic excellence;
  • The nobility of spirit, a diversity of people, respect and inclusion for all;
  • The pursuit of innovation, technology and sustainability with a constant eye to the future;
  • The ideals of collaboration, competence and continuous improvement;
  • The commitment to education as a means to illuminate the lives of all.

Our Polytechnic Tenets

Applied Learning

Learn by doing as early as your freshman year in our interactive learning environments. We have 3 times as many labs as classrooms on campus! Get your hands on experiential learning opportunities like undergraduate research and paid co-ops where you can earn while you learn.

Career Focus

Choose from distinctive majors within six career clusters to explore what you're passionate about. Network at our career fairs—some of the largest in the Midwest—or with the 1,500 employers nationwide who actively recruit Stout students. 98% of our grads are employed within six months of graduation.


Connect with the leaders in your field who are making a difference within and outside the classroom. UW-Stout is a recognized leader in creating partnerships with businesses and non-profit organizations who infuse their expertise into each of our programs. As a student here, you'll collaborate with these partners and our award-winning faculty to solve real-world problems.