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Why Choose Wisconsin

A university is known by the quality of its faculty. Wisconsin is a university that produces Nobel Prize winners, recipients of the National Medal of Science, Pulitzer Prize winners, and members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Education. Only a handful of universities, along with UW-Madison, can claim top ranking in nearly every independent survey, year after year.

  • U.S. News & World Report, 2009: Ranks Wisconsin as the seventh-best public university and 37th among all universities. The UW also received mention for its "first-year experiences," "undergraduate research/creative projects," "learning communities" and "study abroad."
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2007: Ranked UW 17th among the top 500 world universities
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, 2008: Ranked UW 19th among the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges
  • Kaplan/Newsweek How to Get Into College Guide, 2007: America's Hottest Big State School
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2007: UW is ranked as one of 45 public universities that are "Best Buys"
  • Princeton Review, 2008: Lists Wisconsin in "The Best 366 Colleges"
  • Students' Guide to Colleges, 2007: Lists Wisconsin as one of "America's top 100 schools"

Other Rankings

  • Fortune 500 Companies: Ranks second in the number of graduates who become chief executives in Fortune 500 companies
  • Peace Corps: Ranks second for number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps and second for the number of Peace Corps volunteers
  • Research & Development: Ranks second among public universities and third among all universities for research expenditures. In 2005-06, UW-Madison received more than $703 million in research awards
  • Voluntary Support: Ranks fifth among public universities and 12th among all universities for private giving to education
  • Libraries: Ranks 11th in number of volumes (7.2 million) and campus libraries (43)
  • Doctorates: Ranks second in research doctorates granted
  • Patents: Ranks fifth in patent revenue and 15th in the power of its patent pipeline according to The Scientist magazine

Academic Programs

  • Academic Programs & Resources
  • Undergraduate Majors: 134
  • Master's Degree Programs: 153
  • Doctoral Programs: 114
  • Courses Offered: 4,378
  • Academic Departments: 185
  • Average Class Size: 29 students
  • Libraries: 40; Volumes: 7.3 million
  • Computer Labs: 108
  • General-Access Computers: More than 1,000

Student Resources

  • Academic Advancement Program
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Division of Information Technology
  • International Student Services
  • McBurney Disability Resource Center
  • Morgridge Center for Public Services
  • Multicultural Student Center
  • Race Relations Education Program
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • University Health Services

Outside the Classroom

  • Residence Halls: 17
  • Club Athletic Teams: 35
  • Intramural Sports: 30
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities: 4
  • Swimming Pools: 2
  • Outdoor Recreation Area: 63 acres
  • Student Organizations: 761
  • Fraternities and Sororities: 47
  • Performing Arts Events: 1,500/year
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