Most students at Stout believe they are getting a good education; however, the consensus on workload is that it is fairly easy. Academic workload and rigor depend on the major of choice. Art and design students may be in labs until 4 a.m., waiting for paint to dry, while hospitality and tourism students take a wine and spirits class and then go celebrate what they have learned until the art students' paint has dried. Although the general academic rigor at Stout may not be intense, the professors are there to help. Because class sizes are small, most professors know students' names and faces. They don't look at students and only see a number; they see a student that needs inspiration. There have been professors who have been known for meeting their students at McDonald's at noon on a Sunday to help them get back on track. However, there are also professors that teach the same information and give the same assignments for two separate classes. With professors and classes, it's all about taking the good with the bad.
One of the benefits of a medium-sized university like Stout is that you don't have to deal with TAs (teaching assistants). Nearly all classes are taught by professors. In addition, there is only one large lecture hall on campus, which can hold 250 students. UW-Stout is not a large research-driven university. The No. 1 priority is teaching—not research.