The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (also known as UW–Eau Claire, UWEC or simply Eau Claire) is a public liberal arts university located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States. Part of the University of Wisconsin System, it offers bachelor's and master's degrees and is categorized as a postbaccalaureate comprehensive institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. With a student enrollment of more than 10,000 and an annual budget approaching 200 million dollars, UW-Eau Claire is the largest of the four postsecondary schools in the city.
The campus consists of 28 major buildings spanning 333 acres (135 ha). An additional 168 acres (68 ha) of forested land is used for environmental research. UWEC has been called "Wisconsin's most beautiful campus" because of its location on an "especially attractive portion" of the Chippewa River in the Chippewa Valley.
The university is affiliated with the NCAA's Division III sports program and the WIAC Intercollegiate Conference. The university has no mascot, though its students, staff, and faculty are referred to as "Blugolds."
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