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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What is a Polytechnic?

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

The Polytechnic Blend: Applied Learning and Liberal Arts

As a graduate of UW-Stout, you will develop the theoretical and critical thinking skills similar to your peers who attend a more traditional liberal arts college. The difference is that, here at Stout, we also blend that theory with extensive applied learning experiences. 

Our Polytechnic Designation

UW-Stout’s polytechnic designation is based on three tenets that prepare our students to be ready to hit the ground running in the career field of their choice:

Career Focus: We offer a comprehensive curriculum that prepares graduates for professional careers.

Applied Learning: We blend theory with practice to produce innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Collaboration: We work closely with business, industry and other educational institutions to benefit students and grow the economy.

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.


98.2% of grads employed or continuing education

85% of students participate in applied learning

100% of programs have advisory boards