University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County

The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County is a branch campus of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater located in Janesville, Wisconsin. Known informally as "U Rock," and home to the College of Integrated Studies, the campus enrolls approximately 1,000 students pursuing an Associate of Arts and Sciences. Rock County campus students are welcome to live in residence halls on the Whitewater campus, and a free shuttle runs between the two campuses.

University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County
TypePublic, State University
Academic staff
Location, ,
50 acres (20.2 ha)
ColorsPurple and White         
SportsSoccer, Basketball, Volleyball

Newspaper articles, dating back from 1963[1], mention proposals of a new university in the Rock County area. The proposal to build the campus was dated in 1965, with the estimated cost at $1,050,000.[2]The Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on October 6th, 1965 [3] The campus opened in 1966 and was called "The University of Wisconsin-Rock County Center. The intent of the college was to provide affordable college education to all types of students (traditional and non-traditional) and to prepare them to transfer to a four year university.

During the fall 2018 semester, URock changed its name and began operating under a new campus name, the "University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Rock County[4]."

Enrollment was 1220 in fall, 2013, and the student/teacher ratio was 18:1.[5] Currently, enrollment is at 897 students with 79 academic staff.

The school offers a general education associate degree. After beginning studies at UW–Rock County, students transfer to other UW System institutions as well as to colleges and universities throughout the country to complete their bachelor's degrees.

The campus hosts the Rock County Engineering Program,[6] a partnership with UW–Platteville offering a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. The program was established to support the industrial base of Rock County.

The school's athletic teams, known as the Rattlers, participate in three sports: co-ed soccer, men's and women's basketball, and volleyball.

UW-Whitewater at Rock County has an art department that offers classes in drawing, oil painting, and design, a theater area that produces plays and musicals, and a music department that offers classes in music theory, aural skills, and ensemble offerings including two separate choirs, a chamber orchestra, a jazz band, and a concert band.


  1. "Group Urges New UW Centers." Wisconsin State Journal (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Rock County Archives Newspaper Clipping Collection), October 11, 1963.
  2. "Center Plan Given Board's Approval." Beloit Daily News, January, 21 1965. Campus Archives Newspaper Clippings/Newspaper Clippings 803/Newspaper Clippings 1964-1968. Newspaper clippings. University of Wisocnsin Rock County, Gary J. Lenox Archives, Janesville, WI.
  3. "Fact Sheet." No Date
  4. "UW-Whitewater Fact Book." UW-Whitewater Fast Facts. Last modified , 2018.
  5. University of Wisconsin Colleges Office of Academic Affairs. The University of Wisconsin Colleges' Fact Book 2013-2014. Madison: University of Wisconsin Colleges, 2014, p. 53.

University of Whitewater Fact Book[1]

  1. "UW-Whitewater Fact Book." UW-Whitewater Fast Facts. Last modified , 2018.
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