Engineering differential tuition: Making a difference for you
With the support of the Wisconsin Engineering Student Council, the UW Board of Regents approved differential tuition for engineering students in 2008—and Polygon passed a motion reaffirmming that need in February 2011.
Since 2008, the College of Engineering—with input from engineering students—has invested differential tuition in four key areas: educational innovation (for example, increasing technology use in class), instruction (for example, expanding or opening new sections in high-demand courses), hands-on activities (for example, at the department level, upgrading labs used by undergraduates), and student services (for example, undergraduate academic advising and the Student Leadership Center).
Unlike "regular" UW-Madison tuition, differential tuition dollars "follow" engineering students into the College of Engineering, where we put those funds to work to directly benefit you. Here are more examples of how that happens.
UW-Madison engineering students benefit from differential tuition
How the Student Leadership Center benefits engineering undergrads
Differential tuition for UW-Madison engineering undergrads opens space in high-demand courses
What a UW-Madison engineering education means for your future
Throughout the College of Engineering, instructors are migrating core courses into "blended" courses that incorporate technology to enhance students' educational experiences and make better use of students' and instructors' in-class time.
The Student Shop has improved training processes, purchased a variety of new equipment, and increased access to shop services in general. Learn more.
In ECE 270 and ECE 271, the circuits lab courses, Associate Faculty Associate Mark Allie's students have moved from a traditional lab bench to Mobile Studio, a portable lab kit that, with a laptop, can simulate all the experiments they need to learn about current, voltage and frequency. Learn more.
Documents from the history of differential tuition
2009-2010 Polygon dfferential tuition update
Undergraduate student "wants" concerning their academic experience in the UW-Madison College of Engineering
College of Engineering call for differential tuition proposals
College of Engineering proposes differential tuition for undergraduates