With more than 40,000 students, exceptional academics, inspiring faculty and alumni, a beautiful campus and a vibrant college scene, UW–Madison is one of the nation’s premier universities.

UW-Madison is the birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, the principle that education should improve people’s lives beyond the university classroom. We believe the work that’s done here at the UW should help people in the state, the country and around the globe.

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Searching for top-notch academics? UW-Madison offers 160 majors and 4,200 courses. Seventy of our academic programs are ranked in the nation’s top 10, and UW-Madison overall is ranked seventh among public universities.

Red Hot Faculty

Our prestigious faculty includes committed teachers and world-famous scholars, including Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and National Medal of Science recipients.

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We’re nationally recognized for our extensive study-abroad program, which offers courses in more than 100 programs on six continents. We have the capacity to teach more than 60 languages on a regular basis, and the campus is home to nearly 4,000 international students who represent 120 countries.

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With more than 300,000 living alumni, members of the UW-Madison family are spread around the world. Not only are there a lot of us, but we’re also an accomplished group: we’re tied with Harvard for having the most alumni serving as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and we’re consistently ranked among the top universities for producing alumni who are Peace Corps volunteers.

Hot and Cold

With 933 acres located on the shores of Lake Mendota, UW-Madison boasts a beautiful campus through all four seasons. The city of Madison (population 220,000) has topped many “best” lists — best place to live and work, best college sports town, one of America’s safest cities, a top green city – and offers a combination of campus and city that together make one of the nation’s liveliest college scenes.

Glow Big Red

The excitement of Badger athletics electrifies campus, and Camp Randall Stadium has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best places in the nation to watch college football. Cheer on the Badgers’ 23 sports, and experience our famous “Fifth Quarter” with one of America’s oldest and most storied marching bands.