The University of Wisconsin–Stout (UW–Stout or Stout) is a member campus of the University of Wisconsin System. The school was founded in 1891 in Menomonie, Wisconsin and enrolls more than 9,300 students. It is named in honor of its founder, James Huff Stout, and is one of two universities in the UW System not named for the city in which it is located, the other being UW-Parkside. Stout is also the base of operations for a studio of Wisconsin Public Television, where WHWC-TV is licensed from, and is home to the studios for WVSS and WHWC as part of the Wisconsin Public Radio network.
Since 1971, UW–Stout is one of only two special mission universities in the UW System: it provides focused programs "related to professional careers in industry, technology, home economics, applied art and the helping professions." UW–Stout's programs prepare students for productive careers in industry, commerce, education, human development through the study of technology, applied mathematics and science, art and design, business, industrial management, human behavior, family and consumer sciences, and manufacturing-related engineering and technologies. UW–Stout offers 40 undergraduate majors, 19 graduate majors, and two advanced graduate majors. The university is one among a small group of polytechnic universities in the United States which tend to be primarily devoted to the instruction of technical arts and applied sciences.
On March 9, 2007, Stout was designated "Wisconsin's Polytechnic University" by the UW-System Board of Regents.
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