Our Polytechnic Advantage

What is a Polytechnic? Learn about this remarkable designation and why it's so important to our students.
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That’s how you’ll be described as a graduate. Ready to achieve. Ready to succeed.

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 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. 98.4% 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 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.

What is a Polytechnic?

Polytechnic institutions are career-focused undergraduate and graduate universities that combine applied learning with a liberal arts education.

Polytechnics are career-focused universities that combine applied learning with a liberal arts education and offer programs that both anticipate and respond to business and industry demands. / UW-Stout

History and Significance

UW-Stout was given our designation as “Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University” in 2007 by the UW Board of Regents. This designation is only applicable to about 3% of universities in the U.S. and includes other highly respected polytechnic peers such as Cal Poly, Michigan Tech, and MIT.

Polytechnic Summit highlights innovation, collaboration across disciplines, nations

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98.4% of grads employed or continuing education


100% of students participate in applied learning


100% of programs have advisory boards