University of Wisconsin Madison

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is distinctive in its scale and breadth, the premium we place on our relevance to society, and our commitment to inclusivity in the broadest sense.

Top reasons to study here

  • For 168 years, this campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. We’ve fearlessly sifted and winnowed to find today’s truths.
  • As a public land-grant university and research institution, our students and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems.
  • We’ve changed the way the nation takes its vitamins and brought flamingos to Bascom Hill. We’ve inspired satirists and senators alike.

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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.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 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

Since UW Madison is a research university, there are tons of research opportunities available to students (and roughly 15% of students take advantage of this). It doesn’t matter if you’re studying biochemistry or postcolonial literature; this opportunity is available to any student, any major!

 To get started, explore your options using the links below and then talk to your advisor about your next steps.

Career

Career Services at UW-Madison are organized and delivered by schools and provide comprehensive career services including career advising and workshops, job postings, career fairs, on-campus interviews, and more.

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.

Whether you are a student, employer, or UW-Madison faculty or staff member there are resources, events, and connections available to you.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

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.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
-
2019
43
2018
43
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
-
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
-
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.

Services

Student services

Student Life, a part of the Division of Student Affairs, is here if you need assistance or help navigating your way. If you are looking to get involved with student government for a student organization; are interested in learning more about leadership opportunities; seeking identity-based spaces and resources; are facing a conduct violation; or just need to talk we are here. Explore our departments:

Housing services

Welcome to the Division of University Housing at UW-Madison! 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.

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.

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

Whether you're competing or cheering from the stands, you will quickly find that every year is a good year to be a Badger! Watch your favorite teams compete at Camp Randall Stadium, the Field House, the Kohl Center, and the Porter Boathouse. Game days add an energy to campus and downtown, as students and the community come out to support our athletics. Last year, over 1.3 million Badger fans watched their favorite teams play.

Your student ID card gets you free access to our indoor recreational facilities, two swimming pools, and 63 acres of outdoor recreational fields. You can choose from more than 100 group fitness classes per week or become a member of one of over 40 sport clubs.

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) since 1913.Every ten years HLC conducts a comprehensive review of the university to reaffirm accreditation. 

UW–Madison’s last comprehensive review site visit was March 25–26, 2019.  In June 2019, UW-Madison received notice of reaffirmation of accreditation, with the next comprehensive review scheduled for 2028-29.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed it, but some of the classes were poorly run, poorly instructed, or just uninteresting

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Alyssa Schmirler rated 5 out of 5 stars

I had a great experience studying at UW-Madison. The academics and professors are excellent. The athletics are exciting. The student and social life are well balanced. The campus is beautiful and located in the heart of Madison.

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