Learn more about Wisconsin’s NCAA Division II university

Parkside prides itself on a commitment to academics and athletics


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Athletics Department is committed to a balanced student-athlete experience that develops future leaders and active community members. As the only NCAA Division II member in the state of Wisconsin, we strive to live the “Life in the Balance” philosophy by promoting academic excellence, athletic success, and community engagement to ensure personal growth and development.

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Parkside is Wisconsin’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II University. As a Division II University, Parkside Athletics emphasizes:

  • Our commitment to academic success;
  • Our ability to award athletics scholarships;
  • Our unparalleled access to NCAA championships; and
  • Our balanced approach that allows students to “Make It Yours”

This balanced approach allows our student-athletes to participate in highly competitive athletics, earn scholarships while allowing high participation in academics and civic engagements to prepare them for life after graduation.


Parkside is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) made up of 11 universities throughout Michigan, Indiana and the Rangers in Wisconsin. The goal of the GLIAC is to provide their universities and student-athletes with innovative, educational and competitive programs while remaining committed to ensuring a fair, safe and inclusive environment for all the member institutions.

For wrestling, the team competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), a  conference that uses high-level athletics competition to develop champions in the classroom and community while empowering student-athletes to be impactful and positive leaders.

Facts about Parkside

  • Founded in 1968, Parkside has continued to enrich the minds of its students, changing the lives of all who attend
  • Parkside offers custom-tailored degrees that meet the needs of today’s job market as well as students’ unique interests
  • Parkside is part of the University of Wisconsin System, made up of 13 four-year institutions throughout the state
  • Parkside is affordable, high-quality education giving students a strong return on their investment for when they graduate
  • Located at the side of Petrifying Springs Park, Parkside’s idyllic campus is an amazing place, to study, to learn and to compete

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