Located in the west of the state, the Eau Claire campus of the university of Wisconsin dates to 1916. The city itself is named for a tributary of the Chippewa River that runs through the area.
The four colleges of Eau Claire are Arts & Sciences, Business, Education & Human Sciences, and Nursing & Health Sciences. Master’s courses are offered across all colleges, and Eau Claire also offers a specialist in Education and Doctor of Nursing Practice programmes.
Eau Claire offers a wide range of excellent scientific facilities. The Materials Science and Engineering Centre is dedicated to community projects and research and development catered towards the needs of business. A welcome escape from Wisconsin’s cold winters can be the Eau Claire Greenhouse, with 3500 square feet of vegetation and five growing zones.
The Foster Art Gallery is part of the Haas Fine Arts Centre, and hosts exhibitions from both the student body and professional artists. TheMcIntyre Library has six floors, and houses manuscript collections and local government records from the surrounding area.
Athletics teams are known as the Bluegolds, after the university colours of navy blue and old gold, and compete in the NCAA Division III. There are ten men’s sports programmes and twelve women’s, including volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics. Located on an oxbow lake two miles from campus, Carson Park contains both a baseball and American football stadium.
Notable Eau Claire alumni include Justin Vernon, who founded the folk band Bon Iver, NASA scientist and dean at Stanford Pamela Matson, US Senator Joseph Ball, congressman Mark Green, and political journalist Ann Devroy.
The university is symbol is the Council Oak, an oak tree on campus that is sacred to the local native American community.