Founded in 1968, the University of Wisconsin Parkside is a four year university based on an expansive 700 acre campus. The nearest town is Kenosha, which is situated on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan and is seven miles from the state border with Illinois.
Academic study at Parkside is divided between the four colleges of Arts & Humanities, Business, Economics & Computing, Natural & Health Sciences, and Social Sciences & Professional Studies. In total Parkside offers 37 majors and 40 minors, as well as five master’s degree programmes. A famous alumni of the mathematics programme is Linda Ham, NASA’s first female flight director.
The artistic centre at Parkside is known as ‘The Rita’ after a university donor, and is home to both theatrical productions and cinema showings, with a focus on foreign films. The facility also includes a music recital hall, art gallery, and classrooms equipped with the latest technology.
Sustainability is a key ethos across every University of Wisconsin branch, and Parkside maintains hundreds of acres of restored prairie and nature preserves in Kenosha and Racine, available for study and research by students and visiting professionals.
Athletics teams are known as the Rangers, and are the only outfit in Wisconsin to compete in the NCAA Division II. There are a total of thirteen sports programmes, including basketball, soccer, and men’s wrestling. The DeSimone Gymnasium offers a swimming pool, racquetball courts, and the Power Ranger weight room for use by the entire student body.