Our Polytechnic Advantage

Applied Learning + Career Focus + Collaboration. Learn why this remarkable combination is so important to our graduates.
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Our Polytechnic Advantage

Polytechnic institutions are career-focused undergraduate and graduate universities that combine applied learning with a liberal arts education. UW-Stout was designated “Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University” in 2007 by the UW Board of Regents. As Wisconsin’s Polytechnic, we are uniquely positioned to make you career-ready through 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 and studios 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 discover your passion. Network at our career fairs—some of the largest in the Midwest—or with the 1,500 employers nationwide who actively recruit Stout students. 98.4% 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 that infuse their expertise into each of our programs. As a student, you'll collaborate with these partners and our award-winning faculty to solve real-world problems.


98.4% of grads employed or continuing education


100% of students participate in applied learning


100% of programs have advisory boards

Collaboration in Action

The Polytechnic Blend

This designation is only applicable to about 3% of universities in the United States.

Student & Faculty Research

All Student & Faculty Research News

Travel opens broader world to students as they prepare for careers, college life

Summer study abroad experiences include Sweden, Hawaii, Scotland and Botswana

Faculty members continue lifelong learning through sabbaticals, professorships

Seven professors earn awards for research, to improve teaching expertise through professional development

Master’s graduate Bernin has ‘awesome experience’ in WiSys Quick Pitch state finals

Josh Bernin had a day to remember recently when he earned his master’s degree in May from UW-Stout. Then, he had another special moment two months later.