Since 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has been enriching minds and changing lives. That legacy continues today.


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has been a vital academic presence in southeastern Wisconsin since 1933, when it established two-year centers in Racine and Kenosha. For years, residents in these communities were eager for a university that offered a four-year degree. Finally, in 1965, the Wisconsin State Legislature passed a bill merging the two centers and creating the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Site selection for the new campus was carefully determined by a commission that decided on a beautiful 690-acre parcel equidistant between the Kenosha and Racine downtown areas. Founding Chancellor Irvin G. Wyllie thoughtfully selected the name “Parkside” to represent the picturesque campus and to exhibit service to all of southeastern Wisconsin.


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus is a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress.


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population and its local, national, and global communities. To fulfill this mission, we:

  • Offer high-quality academic programs rooted in the tradition of a liberal education in the arts, sciences, and professions; responsive to the occupational, civic, and cultural needs of the region; and actively seeking the continued input of all stakeholders
  • Generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge through research, professional, and creative activity that benefits communities throughout the region and the world
  • Attract and retain a diverse and multicultural population of students, faculty, and staff
  • Foster a teaching and learning community that provides opportunities for collaborative faculty, student, and staff interaction in support of excellence
  • Utilize technology creatively and effectively in courses, programs, and services
  • Prepare students to be successful in their professional, civic, and personal lives
  • Provide programs that meet the intellectual and cultural needs of people throughout their lives
  • Provide and share in cultural and intellectual activities in partnership with our local and regional communities

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