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Proactive, Resourceful, Connected, Caring

Students of the UW-Stevens Point College of Professional Studies (CPS) are trained as professionals in business, education or health-related fields, and are attuned to the college’s values of being proactive, resourceful, connected and caring. Whether pursuing a degree in nursing, early childhood education, business or another of our professional disciplines, our students continually develop skills in and out of the classroom that prepare them to make a positive and lasting impact on the world in which they live and work. Our goal is to develop leaders who are prepared to combat the most pressing and critical issues that plague our society.

Rachel Craig, CPS Faculty Heroes Award
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Why choose the College of Professional Studies?

Pre-professional majors require students to work a semester or longer actually on the job in an apprentice role, where they are graded by both university faculty and the practitioners under whom they work. This culminating experience is called different things by different majors: student teaching, internship, externship or clinical experiences. Our students achieve acceptance into prestigious internships at a rate higher than the national average.

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Featured Videos

Our college’s majors and graduate programs are as diverse, but their common thread is student professional preparation. Watch our featured videos to learn more.

Ryan Lehman

Hired Before Graduation

Many students in the College of Professional Studies are hired before graduation. Find out where these Pointers are starting their careers!

Coleton Schubring
Hailey Kraynik

Insights of Interns

Students from the College of Professional Studies share what it’s like get a taste of the working life.

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Recent Research

From “How Wisconsin laws can nurture the local wineries and breweries that drive regional economies” to “”Mask adherence surveillance of university and broader community settings,” CPS students work alongside faculty members to conduct important research.

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By the Numbers

total CPS students, including 485 graduate students
students graduated from CPS programs in 2021-22
CPS centers and community outreach programs
“When deciding to attend UW-Stevens Point, I knew I wanted to stay close to my family. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as a non-traditional transfer student. Little did I know, the university and its community would grow to be a part of my family.”
Vanessa KurthMarketingSenior
“I was inspired to become a teacher by seeing the difference my parents are able to make on each of their students.”
Payton WesterElementary Education
“We all concluded that this DPT program is one of the best things that we ever did.”
Abby ScaffidDoctor of Physical Therapy
“There are so many people here to support you, your ideas … or maybe even to address where your restlessness might be pushing you.”
Leah KnightsMBA
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Meet Your Dean and Assistant Deans

Our faculty and staff work in tandem with industry leaders to advance their professions by providing a well-prepared workforce, applying cutting-edge research and contributing professional expertise. You’ll benefit from our hands-on style of instruction, personal attention and comprehensive understanding of our fields as you learn key concepts and practices of applications.
Rebecca Sommer

Rebecca Sommer

  • Dean – College of Professional Studies
Lynda Fernholz

Lynda Fernholz

  • Assistant Dean – School of Education
  • Professor – Literacy
  • Faculty Co-Adviser – Aspiring Educators
  • Faculty Adviser – Student Chapter Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas
Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer

  • Assistant Dean – School of Health Sciences and Wellness
Kevin Neuman

Kevin Neuman

  • Assistant Dean – College of Professional Studies
  • Head – Sentry School of Business and Economics
  • Professor – Economics

News and Events

Stay up-to-date with all the happenings, news and events in the College of Professional Studies.

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