Welcome to The University of Wisconsin-Madison!


Did you know that:


1. UW-Madison is a selective public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin, United States?


2. It was founded in 1848 and had the first class in February, 1849?


3. It was the first public university established in Wisconsin and remains the oldest and largest public university in the state and it became a land-grant institution in 1866?


4. This 933-acre campus is located on the shores of scenic Lake Mendota in the heart of one of the nation’s most livable cities?


5. This campus is in the 3rd rank based on Research expenditure ranking (national) in 2011–12?


6. This university has 13 schools and colleges, 21,727 faculty & staff and 414,627 living alumni?


7. It has more highly rated doctoral programs than any other American university, according to The National Research Council?


8. The university is ranked 19th among world universities, one of only six American universities to place in the top 20 of an annual survey done by Shanghai Jiao Tong University?


9. It was also ranked 30th in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings?


10. “The Wisconsin Idea” consisting of research, teaching, and service at the UW was first articulated by UW–Madison President Charles Van Hise in 1904?



  1. http://www.wisc.edu/about/facts/
  2. http://grad.wisc.edu/prospective/
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93Madison


For more information: Read the overview by the Graduate School!