The College of General Studies offers classes on two campuses known as UWM at Waukesha and UWM at Washington County. Waukesha and Washington counties established the campuses more than 50 years ago and still own the land and facilities. UWM works with the counties to operate and maintain the campuses.
UWM at Waukesha occupies 86 acres on the western edge of the City of Waukesha. The campus includes 11 buildings covering 277,016 square feet.
Waukesha County purchased the land for the campus from William J. Hughes and his wife, Blanche I. Fischer Hughes, in 1965. The first students enrolled at what was then UW-Waukesha in December 1966. Their classes met at Mount St. Paul Seminary until UW-Waukesha’s buildings opened the following September.
Original campus buildings included Northview Hall, the Field House and the Commons. Southview Hall was added in 1969, and the Administration Building and an extension to Northview Hall, which more than doubled the size of the library, were constructed in 1978. The Fine Arts Center, with its 337-seat Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, was built in 1987. A 1992 renovation that included a computer center and new entryway to Northview Hall added 5,000 square feet to the campus.
In 1996, a $5.7 million project added 20,000 square feet to the Commons and renovated existing spaces. The Commons expansion included a student lounge and student activities, student affairs and study center offices, as well as a new dining area and bookstore.
The Field House was remodeled and expanded in 2001 to include three classrooms and a fitness center.
UWM at Washington County sits on 87 acres in West Bend that were purchased from Carl Pick in 1965. Surrounded by the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest, the campus includes 4 buildings with 199,117 square feet.
The Washington County campus has had four major expansions since it opened in September 1968 as UW-Washington County. A $1.9 million expansion in 1980 added about 34,300 square feet.
A second $2.1 million expansion was done in 1990 to accommodate continued enrollment growth. That expansion included new computer labs, classrooms, faculty offices, additional cafeteria space and a new bookstore.
The Collins Science building was completed in 2002 and essentially turned the U-shaped campus building into a square surrounding a central, outdoor courtyard. Paid for with a combination of public funds and donations, the $8.4 million project added 71,816 square feet and included new science and computer labs, as well as additional classrooms. The project also included extensive renovation of administration and faculty offices.
In 2008, the previously unfinished third floor was completed with state-of-the-art lecture halls and classrooms, engineering labs, faculty offices, a commons area and a new boardroom.