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

  • The university seeks to help students to develop an understanding and appreciation for the complex cultural and physical worlds in which they live.
  • The university offers a broad and balanced academic programs.
  • We maintain a level of excellence and standards in all programs that will give them statewide, national and international significance.

Master's Programmes

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About

Education

The numbers: 4,700-plus courses; 200-plus undergraduate majors and certificates; 250-plus master’s, doctoral, and professional programs; 2,000-plus faculty experts.

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

The UW Student Job Center focuses on providing student’s part-time employment opportunities both through UW-Madison on-campus departments as well as off-campus private and public sector jobs. Positions are posted throughout the year, updated daily, for jobs in both the academic year and summer terms. Students seeking full-time professional career opportunities should utilize campus Career Services Offices and other direct resources found on our links page.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2018
28
2017
28
2016
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
2018
31
2017
-
2016
-
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
2019
43
2018
43 2
2017
45
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2019
53 2
2018
55 -2
2017
53
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

International Student Services (ISS) offers a wide variety of services and programs to international students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The ISS staff provides information and programs to international students about the campus and community and provide support and assistance concerning visas and related immigration issues.

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 are a wealth of resources, staff expertise, services, and learning spaces.

The Libraries manage the 11th largest research collection in North America. We provide convenient access to print materials; 24/7, multi-platform access to thousands of electronic journals, e-books, and databases. 

ICT services

More than 100 IT services are available to UW-Madison faculty, staff and students. 

Medical services

University Health Services (UHS) is the UW-Madison student health center. UHS was recognized by the Princeton Review as the best college health service in the United States in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Student Life

Campus life

With more than 40,000 students representing 50 states and 124 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.

Sports facilities

We support over 40 different sport clubs―student-run organizations that practice and compete at the local, regional, national, and international level. Although each club varies in its level of competition and commitment requirements, each offers an opportunity to represent the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part of a team.

Student Reviews

UW-Madison
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed it, but some of the classes were poorly run, poorly instructed, or just uninteresting
UW-Madison Highly Recommended
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.
Nice College!
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars
Overall it has been pretty good, the transition high school into college was hard for me especially since I am the first in my family and had no prior knowledge. I like all the different space I could use on campus and all the friends I made. I could improve on being more independent and using time wisely

Madison, Wisconsin, United States