University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Midwest
City/State: Eau Claire, WI
Locale: Small City (25,000 to 100,000)
Student Population (FTE): 11,000
In-State Tuition: $8,800.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $16,400.00
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Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Public/State University
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Intersectionality is at the heart of UW-Eau Claire's commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity. At UWEC, faculty, students and staff provide cultural programming, support services, academics and international opportunities that support the full depth, breadth and diversity of the human experience. Our award winning Gender & Sexuality Resource Center serves as a central hub, not only for LGBTQIA+ students to access support services and community, but also as a driving force behind policy/structural change, ensuring that LGBTQIA+ students' and allies' experiences at UW-Eau Claire are equitable, invigorating, and educational.

Our Synopsis

At UW-Eau Claire, LGBTQIA+ students and allies are supported institutionally and individually, with an eye toward their personal growth and campus experience. We offer policies commensurate with our mission, among them: preferred name, gender inclusive housing, all gender restrooms. New to UW-Eau Claire is The Bridge (LGBTQIA+ Resource Center), a community-based space for LGBTQIA+ students and allies in the Davies Student Center. There, students can access resources (the space is staffed by student interns), play games, study, relax, watch tv, and be notified of many programs/events throughout the academic year. Of note are Q Fest (an award winning student-run film festival focusing on queer lives and experiences) and The Fire Ball (an extravagant drag ball fundraiser which happens to be the 2nd largest event on campus!). At UW-Eau Claire, LGBTQIA+ students and allies will find numerous opportunities to get involved and get connected!

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire has truly allowed me to thrive as an LGBTQIAP+ person. I've had so many opportunities to evolve as an individual and a member of the queer community at UWEC that I feel I would have missed out on at any other university. There's truly a community of people at UW-Eau Claire to support and lift LGBTQIAP+ students. It's remarkable.

— 21 yr. old, lesbian/cis female, Senior

"As an ally at UW-Eau Claire, I've been given so many wonderful opportunities to explore my own privileges in ways that have made me a much better advocate and, in many cases, friend to my many LGBTQIA+ classmates. As an intern in the Women's & LGBTQ Resource Center, I have been able to transform those opportunities into meaningful change–both on campus and off."

— 22 yr. old, ally/cis female, Senior

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


The Fire Ball


National Coming Out Day


Trans Awareness & Empowerment Week


Q Fest


Queer Holiday Dinner


Admissions Office

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Admissions Office

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Flesch Family Welcome Center
127 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Phone: (715) 836-5415

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
4.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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