University of Wisconsin Madison

University of Wisconsin Madison

For 168 years, this campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, our students, staff, and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems. 

Top reasons to study here

  • We’ve changed the way the nation takes its vitamins and brought flamingos to Bascom Hill.
  • We’ve inspired satirists and senators alike. We’ve fearlessly sifted and winnowed to find today’s truths.
  • And with the Wisconsin Idea as our guiding principle, we’re not only changing the 936 acres we call home—Badgers are also creating a better future for Wisconsin

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About

History

1838 - The state territorial legislature passes a bill to establish a University of Wisconsin "at or near Madison, the seat of government. 

1849 - First class meets Feb. 5 under the direction of Professor Sterling. The event is celebrated as Founder’s Day.

1863 - First women admitted to UW in the Normal Department. 

1866 - Legislature designates the UW as the Wisconsin land-grant institution. 

Education

  • The numbers: 9,000-plus courses; 200-plus undergraduate majors and certificates; 250-plus master’s, doctoral, and professional programs; 2,000-plus faculty experts.
  • The meaning: limitless opportunities for academic growth.
  • The outcome: through research, international programs, internships, and countless other opportunities in and out of the classroom, your experiences will reshape how you view the world—and the impact you can have on it.

Research

The over-arching goal of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education is to address the complex challenges of the university’s broad research enterprise and support the needs of graduate education across campus, in a thoughtful and collaborative manner, all while providing strong leadership and clear vision in the constant pursuit of research and graduate education excellence.

Career

Career Services at UW-Madison are organized and delivered through individual schools/colleges. Each office listed below provides comprehensive career services for students and employer relations. The Career Services Council provides leadership and coordination between career resources on campus.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
27 1
2018
28
2017
28
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
37 -2
2019
35 -4
2018
31
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
51 -8
2019
43
2018
43
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
56 -3
2019
53 2
2018
55
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Student services

The Dean of Students Office provides resources to students struggling with a variety of issues and seeks to be the “go to” spot for student assistance on campus.

We’re here to help! Reach us by phone, in-person, or online. 

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards upholds every student’s right to learn in an inclusive community that fosters integrity through challenging and supporting students to reflect, integrate, and act on their Wisconsin Experience.

Housing services

Whether you are an undergraduate student in our residence halls, a PhD candidate in our apartment communities, a hungry customer in our dining markets, a summer program attendee, an employee, or a proud parent, University Housing provides an experience that is built for your success. We are here to serve you and to support the mission of the University.

We operate nineteen residence halls across the UW-Madison campus, providing a home to over 7,400 undergraduate students. We also operate three apartment communities serving about 3,000 graduate students, students with families, postdoctoral researchers, academic staff, and faculty. In addition, we manage seven dining locations.

Library services

The UW-Madison Libraries’ online collection (MadCat) offers a vast array of resources — from historical documents to current publications. Many of these items are available to alumni and the general public. 

ICT services

  • The people who provide IT services at UW‑Madison are working every hour of every day to help support the Wisconsin Idea so that the university can help improve people’s lives beyond the classroom.
  • DoIT is a center of campus IT operations, providing IT services & support to faculty, staff and students as well as their schools, divisions, departments and units.

Medical services

With two convenient clinic locations, our providers address concerns relating to colds, the flu, injuries, stress, and gynecologic care as well provide health consultations for international travel and trans health care services. Medical services also provides occupational medicine services to campus research facilities. Most medical services are free of charge.

Student Life

Campus life

With more than 44,000 students representing 50 states and 127 countries, our community is diverse, energetic, and constantly in motion. Jump around with 80,000 Badgers fans at Camp Randall Stadium and witness athletic feats from our 23 Big Ten varsity teams. Join one of the nearly 900 student organizations—or start a new one. Stroll down Madison’s vibrant State Street and experience the largest farmers’ market of its kind as you walk around Capitol Square. Relax over live music and a stunning sunset at the Memorial Union Terrace. Build a lifelong community of kinship and support.

Sports facilities

Recreation and Wellbeing

Mission: We move Badgers to play hard, get fit, and live well.

Vision: To build a movement of healthy habits through inclusion, education, innovation, and connection.

Values:

  • We put students first.
  • We celebrate what makes us different and use it to make us stronger.
  • We believe recreation is a gateway to wellbeing.
  • We remove barriers, build community, and push limits.
  • We strive to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
  • We practice what we preach.
  • We lean yes.

Student clubs

Wisconsin International Students Association (WISA) was established in Summer 2003. Our primary mission has always been to promote and improve the awareness of global culture to the students in University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as the community around Madison. 

Accreditation

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Every ten years HLC conducts a comprehensive review of the university to reaffirm accreditation. 

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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