The University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County opened in the fall of 1968. The campus is jointly owned and maintained by Sauk County and the City of Baraboo, and the academic programs are provided by the UW Colleges, one of the 15 institutions of the University of Wisconsin System.
The mission of UW-BSC is to provide a high-quality liberal arts education and to advance the Wisconsin Idea by bringing the resources of the University to all residents of the service area. The campus offers a warm and supportive learning environment, along with fine arts and cultural programming, both on the campus and in the community.
UW-BSC was originally designed for 300 students, and it now serves approximately 600. Over the years, the campus has added a maintenance building, music, greenhouse, and art facilities. In 1995, a bequest from John and Murrel Lange enabled the construction of the Lange Student Center, which houses Student Affairs offices, student lounges, cafeteria, art gallery, gymansium, dance studio, racquetball courts, and locker room facilities.
In 1996, construction and remodeling projects for the music, library, and classroom buildings brought campus facilities to a total of 150,000 square feet. Through a beqeust from the Hill family, the James and Kathryn Hill Music Center added a dedicated music facility with customized practice rooms and a rehearsal hall. Campus renovation also continued with the construction of a new classroom and administration wing, bringing additional classrooms and offices.
In October 2015, the new science building expansion project was concluded, adding state-of-the-art chemstiry, biology, anatomy and physiology space to our campus. A lecture hall with seating for 70 to 100 is a central feature within the classroom spaces. This addition was generously supported by our partners the City of Baraboo and Sauk County.
From 1974-2009, UW-BSC provided college courses in the Federal Correctional Institution at Oxford, WI. The campus awarded 1-year certificates in Computer Sciences and Business, along with the 2-year Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. For more than 30 years, the FCI-Oxford program served as a national model for post-secondary arts and sciences education in the federal correctional system.
There is a new proposal to expand our teacher to Oxford prison again in 2016 and beyond. The project is still in the planning stage.
In 2009, UW-BSC received a Shared Savings award from Alliant Energy, in recognition of a boiler replacement project that significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and resulted in an annual energy savings of over $20,000. In 2013, the campus completed another campus-wide energy project that included the addition of solar panels on the Lange Center roof and an expected energy cost savings of $50,000 per year.
In 2015, the science building expansion project was completed with natural roofing materials including indigenous plantings, crushed stone and water run-off systems.