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A Brief History

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh can trace its roots back 134 years to 1871 when the institution was established as the Oshkosh State Normal School. At the time of its founding, the campus was composed of one main building on a six acre site. The original school structure was destroyed in a fire that occurred in 1916. Dempsey Hall, the existing main administration building, was constructed in 1918 to replace the original facility.

In 1971, it’s centennial year, Oshkosh was renamed the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, as it is known today. Over the years, the institution has grown from that one original structure to a campus of fifty-eight buildings on over 184 acres. The main academic portion of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh contains over 5.3 million gross square feet of space located on 123 acres, creating a very compact, urban campus.

Campus Area Calculation

  • Main Building Footprints: 1,013,162 sq. ft, 23.26 acres
  • Other Building Footprints: 144,009 sq. ft, 3.31 acres
  • Parking Area: 1,195,019 sq. ft, 27.43 acres
  • Walkway Area: 697,647 sq. ft, 16.02 acres
  • Total Green Space: 4,992,063 sq. ft, 114.60 acres
  • Main Campus Grounds: 5,361,608 sq. ft, 123.90 acres
  • Other Campus Grounds (Oshkosh Sports Center, etc.) : 2,680,292 sq. ft, 61.53 acres
  • Grand Total: 8,041, 901 sq. ft, 184.62 acres
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Building Chronology

As can be seen in the following chart, a majority of the campus was constructed within a twenty-year time span from 1951 to 1971. In that period, 78% of all GPR and 97% of all PR facilities were constructed. As a result of this period of significant construction, the majority of the campus facilities and infrastructure are between thirty and fifty years old.

  • Oviatt House: 1883
  • Multi-Cultural Education Center: 1902
  • Harrington Hall: 1913
  • Dempsey Hall: 1918
  • Pollack Alumni House: 1920
  • Swart Hall: 1927
  • Radford Hall: 1951
  • Albee Hall: 1955
  • Webster Hall: 1957
  • Reeve Memorial Union: 1959
  • Polk Library: 1962
  • Donner Hall: 1962
  • University Police (Security Building): 1962
  • Halsey Science Center: 1963
  • Buckstaff Planetarium: 1963
  • Taylor Hall: 1963
  • Fletcher Hall: 1964
  • Stewart Hall: 1965
  • Evans Hall: 1965
  • Heating Plant: 1975
  • Clow Social Science Building: 1966
  • Gruenhagen Conference Center: 1966
  • Scott Hall: 1967
  • Arts & Communications Building: 1970
  • Titan Stadium: 1970
  • Nursing/Education Building: 1970
  • Blackhawk Commons: 1970
  • Kolf Physical Education Building: 1971
  • Field Studies (Aquatic Studies) Center: 1979
  • Ceramics Lab: 1988
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center: 2007
  • High Avenue Parking Ramp: 2007
  • Horizon Village: 2011

Phone: (920) 424-3466

Fax: (920) 424-0259

We are located in the Campus Services Center across the Fox River from the main campus. The facility is the second building on the right hand side of Witzel Avenue.

Monday-Friday

7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

650 Witzel Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54902