The City of Madison

The campus spreads out along Lake Mendota, encompassing wooded hills, friendly shores and lively city streets.

Madison—the state’s capital city with a population of 208,000—offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural offerings, outdoor recreation, distinctive restaurants, unique shops and vibrant nightlife.

The city tops many “best” lists, including:

  • Best Cities, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2009
  • Best College Sports Town, Sports Illustrated on Campus, 2003
  • Best Small City to Live, Men’s Journal, 2004
  • No. 2, Best Places to Educate Your Child, Forbes, 2007
  • Nation’s Smartest City, bizjournals, 2008
  • America’s Best Adventure Towns, National Geographic 2009
Map of the midwest

The university’s location in south central Wisconsin makes for convenient access to Milwaukee (80 miles), Chicago (150 miles) and Minneapolis (270 miles). Daily buses serve all three cities.

Weather in Madison

Madison is located in a temperate climate zone and enjoys four distinct seasons. During the warmest months of June, July and August, high temperatures average 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius). Winters are cold with moderate snowfall. In the middle of winter, high temperatures average 25 degrees Fahrenheit (−4 Celsius) though temperatures can fall below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (−18 Celsius). Average annual snowfall is 44 inches (112 cm).

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