Originally an extension of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the UW-Waukesha gained a new identity in 1972 when all such satellites around the state became the UW Centers, a separate institution within the UW System. In July 1997, the Board of Regents approved a new name: University of Wisconsin Colleges. Now numbering thirteen, the UW Colleges offer freshman and sophomore courses and an associate degree.|
Like the other Colleges' campuses, UW-Waukesha's land and buildings belong to a local government unit, in this case Waukesha County, which purchased the 86-acre campus from William J. Hughes and his wife, Blanche I. Fischer Hughes, in March 1965.
Assuming its share of responsibility, the University of Wisconsin provides faculty, staff, educational programs, technology, furnishings, libraries, and supplies. The first classes met in fall 1966 at Mt. St. Paul Seminary, because the new buildings were not ready for occupancy. In December, however, the campus opened in its current location, beginning with just Northview Hall, the Field House, and the Commons. Southview Hall opened in February 1969, and both the Administration Building and an extension to Northview Hall, more than doubling the size of the library, were added in 1978. The Fine Arts Center, with its 337-seat Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, came in 1987. In 1992, a computer center, and a new entryway to Northview Hall added 5,000 square feet to the campus.
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