Our 150-year story of excellence and opportunity

Join the UW Oshkosh community in honoring our long tradition of excellence and opportunity as we mark our 150th anniversary with a sesquicentennial celebration in 2021. Since our inception in 1871 as the Oshkosh Normal School for teacher training, our dedication to quality and innovative higher education has been a hallmark of our success as a premier comprehensive institution. Over the decades, our name has changed several times and our educational focus has expanded to meet the needs of students in our region and beyond.


From busy indigenous communities to a manufacturing and learning center in east central Wisconsin, the Winnebago region is rich with stories and tradition. Learn about moments in UWO’s past to see how history stacks up upon this land.


Our sesquicentennial year of 2021 will be filled with a variety of events, activities and programs. Learn about these events on our sesquicentennial calendar and share your ideas for holding special programming or an event of your own.


In 2021, we embark on our 150th year of inspiring leaders, researchers and champions, and look forward to what our students dare to achieve. Help us ensure that our tradition of excellence and opportunity thrives for the next 150 years.

Land Acknowledgement


We acknowledge the original inhabitants of this area, the Menominee and the Ho-Chunk nations. This land encompasses the three campuses of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Lake Winnebago region. Please take a moment to honor these ancestral grounds and celebrate the resilience and strength that all Indigenous people have shown worldwide.

Sesquicentennial News

COEHS dean: UWO students returning to campus create ‘uplifting and motivating’ energy

New Titan mag preps readers for UWO’s 150th anniversary fall lineup

Lasting impact: Psychology professor’s UWO career spanned 55 years, 8 chancellors

More sesquicentennial news