Local Atmosphere

Menomonie, WI
Tuition (in-state)
$16,690 ($8,944)
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small town movie theater and bowing alley are fun.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small town, not much to do. The lake is un-clean. The small town has it's unique shops.

2 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Menomonie is one of the most boring towns around this area with only a population of 14000 there isn't too much to do unless you're eating or drinking.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you love a local small cute downtown area

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love Menomonie but I don't think I would ever live here. It personally is to small of a town for me but I do love going to school here. Campus is right across the street from a cute little down that has a lot of antique stores and places to eat. Next to that is the huge lake that had beautiful houses to walk around. When I drive or walk away from town there is much more nature attractions to see like devils punch bowl or the bottoms which is a river with a huge beach. the people here are also very nice to the students.


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The University of Wisconsin-Stout is set in a small rural town approximately one hour from a major metropolitan area. Menomonie is a unique town with plenty of character. On Broadway and Main Street, students will find more bars than one could possibly visit in one night. Aside from the drinking, some students will say that there is nothing to do in Menomonie. Sure, there is no real mall; however, the creative student can always find something to keep himself entertained. Interesting places to visit include the Mabel Tainter Theater, Devils Punchbowl, and the Red Cedar River. Menomonie has movie theaters, bowling, mini-golf, awesome parks great for barbecues, multiple disk golf courses, and even a waterpark. The downtown area has numerous small shops, bars, restaurants, and cafés; however, some shops find it hard to stay open. The downtown area has several vacant storefronts that look terrible.

City slickers will sometimes complain about Menomonie not having enough shopping, glamour, or city culture, in general. Be advised that Menomonie is indeed a small town in rural Wisconsin. However, for these city folk, Eau Claire is only 30 minutes away and the Twin Cities are not much farther. Some students get so antsy on campus that they rarely stay there. During the first semester, students will notice that larger parking lots near the residence halls empty out on the weekends. Because of this, many students call Stout a "suitcase campus." Going home on weekends is common for freshman students, although not encouraged. Students routinely go home to work their jobs and be with high school friends. However, the students that stay on campus on the weekends make more friends and adjust more quickly to campus life.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Through the years, a number of presidential candidates have appeared at either Stout or Menomonie in their quest for the presidency. Speaking to a packed crowd in Harvey Hall on February 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy emphasized the importance of the college vote in the coming election.
  2. The first indoor pool in Wisconsin was built on the UW-Stout campus.
  3. A controversy in Menomonie over changing the name of high school mascot "The Indians" was mentioned in a "Saturday Night Live" news sketch.
  4. Menomonie made national news in relation to the release of the much anticipated "Star Wars" film "The Phantom Menace." Following the film's release, a group of men stole the 40-pound reel from a small local theater. Police eventually arrested a total of five men in connection with the crime. Three of the perpetrators received a sentence of five days in jail, as well as probation. In addition to news reporting agencies, the occurrence was mentioned by Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show."
  5. An elephant once escaped from a visiting circus in town. It was later wrangled up by local police.
Notable Natives
  • Tom Neumann – professional football player
  • Luke Helder – University of Wisconsin - Stout student who attempted to create a smiley face on the US map with pipe bombs
  • Alvin J. Baldus – U.S. representative
Local Slang
  • The Bottoms: A sandy section of the Red Cedar River just south of town
  • Bubblers: Drinking fountains
  • OB: A bar in Menomonie named Off Broadway
Points of Interest
  • Devils Punchbowl
  • Hoffman Hills Recreation Area
  • Lake Menomin
  • Mabel Tainter Theater
  • Red Cedar River
  • Trip Falls
Shopping Centers
Oakwood Mall (Eau Claire)
Movie Theaters
CineMagic Menomonie Stadium 7
2521 Hwy 25 N
(715) 235-0555
Movie Theaters
Oakwood Mall 12
4800 Golf Rd.
Eau Claire
(715) 835-1030
Movie Theaters
State Cinema 4 Budget Dinner Theater
639 Broadway St. S
(715) 235-5733
Major Sports Teams
Eau Claire Express baseball team: Collegiate Summer Baseball - Northwoods League
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Eau Claire: WI: 30 minutes
  • Saint Paul/Minneapolis: MN: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 10% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 57% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 33% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 29 responses

  • 31% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 28% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 41% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 59% No way.
  • 41% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.
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