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About UW

The University of Wisconsin, one of the nation's largest and most productive institutions of higher education, is dedicated to the support of academic freedom.

Founded in 1848, the first class of 17 students enrolled February 5, 1849. Today, Wisconsin ranks as the nation's ninth largest university with 41,507 students.

On a single campus, students can find a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs and student activities. Wisconsin has ranked among the top educational institutions in the country in every published survey of faculty and administrators since the early 1900s.

As one of the nation's first land-grant universities, Wisconsin maintains a strong research emphasis in agricultural and life sciences. Award-winning research spanning the academic disciplines, however, has earned Wisconsin a place among the world's elite institutions of higher education. The quality of its undergraduate, graduate and research programs is recognized around the world.

The flagship school of the state system, UW-Madison offers the only public schools of law, medicine and veterinary medicine in the state and is one of only two state-supported schools to offer doctoral degrees.

One of the most picturesque college campuses in the country, Wisconsin sits along the shore of beautiful Lake Mendota. The city of Madison and the University were designed to be linked, signifying the interrelated nature of academic and political life at Wisconsin.

Bascom Hall serves as the centerpiece of the campus. It sits atop the beautiful tree-lined Bascom Hill, which offers a magnificent view of downtown Madison.

Schools and Colleges

  • College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Human Ecology
  • College of Letters and Science
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Graduate School
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Law School
  • Medical School

Academic programs

  • 138 Undergraduate Majors
  • 185 Academic Departments
  • 271 Doctoral, Master's and Professional Graduate Programs
  • 4,224 Courses & 13,564 Sections
  • 44 Libraries & 6.14 million volumes

Beautiful Campus

The University of Wisconsin campus rolls for 930 acres along the shores of Lake Mendota, encompassing wooded hills, friendly shores, and the streets of downtown Madison.

Union Terrace

Relax on the Memorial Union terrace with sailboats, canoes, sailboards, and kayaks in the background. The Lakeshore Path is a pedestrian and bicycle-only trail that runs from the Union to Picnic Point, a peninsula that juts out into Lake Mendota. Along the way are numerous beaches or spots to stop and enjoy the beautiful lake views.

Spend an hour alone with your thoughts walking the trails of the UW Arboretum, a 1,300-acre nature preserve right in the middle of the city. Or visit Wisconsin's majestic State Capitol building only minutes away from campus.

And if ever you find yourself with a free afternoon, you may wish to enjoy lunch or a latte with friends at one of the many restaurants lining State Street in the heart of downtown Madison.

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