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  • The League of American Bicyclists recognized UWL with a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University Award in 2015. UWL is one of the only five Wisconsin colleges to achieve the honor.
  • For 16 out of the past 17 years, UWL student-athletes posted the highest combined GPA in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They finished with a cumulative 3.23 GPA in 2015-16.
  • UWL’s biochemistry major received national accreditation in 2017, just as demand for biochemists in Wisconsin is up. Now accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology…a first in the UW System … UWL’s program is helping meet that demand.
  • UWL is No. 1 in awarding physics degrees among bachelor’s degree granting programs in the country. UWL had an average of 31 physics degrees granted annually between 2011-13, making it tops nationally on the American Physical Society list released in spring 2015.
  • UWL Biology Professor Roger Haro received the 2015 Wisconsin Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It was the fourth time in five years UWL faculty took the prestigious honor. Biology Professor Scott Cooper received the award in 2014, History Professor Víctor Macías-González in 2013 and History Professor Greg Wegner in 2011.
  • UWL has been awarded the honor of hosting the 2018 NCAA III Women's and Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In March 2017 UWL hosted the NCAA III Wrestling Championships.
  • Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers recommended UWL for reaccreditation following a spring 2016 campus visit to ensure standards. The comprehensive review occurs every 10 years.
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 America’s Best Regional Universities in the Midwest lists UWL as the state’s top and No. 4 public university in the Midwest among institutions providing undergraduate and master’s programs. It’s the 16th consecutive year UWL has remained the state’s top-ranked UW System comprehensive university.
  • College of Business Administration students had the highest first-time pass rate in the nation on the Certified Public Accountant exam among undergraduate-only programs with more than 60 exam candidates. Among the 270 schools with both undergraduate and graduate programs, UWL was in the top 10 percent, No. 22 overall.
  • The men's track & field team won its record 18th indoor NCAA III title in March 2017. It was the university’s 70th overall national title.
  • The women’s gymnastics team won the 2016 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Team Championship. It was the 17th national title for Eagle gymnasts, a record unmatched by any other university.
  • About $296 million in new building projects are complete or in progress on campus since 2007. Another $126 million in projects are planned through 2020.
  • The latest campus building to open is also the latest to receive top marks for energy and environmental design. The $55 million, student-funded Student Union that opened in January has received LEED Gold Certification. Both Centennial Hall and Eagle Hall received the prestigious certification when they opened in fall 2011.
  • Professor of Latin American History and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Víctor M. Macías-González received the 2016 American Historical Association’s Equity Award for successfully recruiting and keeping under-represented racial and ethnic groups in the history profession. Macías-González was the 2014 Wisconsin Professor of the Year,
  • UWL’s physician assistant program has a 100-percent pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam. That, small class sizes, and partnerships with the Gundersen Medical Foundation and Mayo Clinic School of Health Science keeps the program attractive.
  • The College Band Director's National Association recognized the UWL Wind Ensemble in spring 2017 as an elite group of just 10 programs nationwide in its "Small Program Band" competition.
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