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Aerial photo of campus and downtown Madison with Lakes Mendota and Monona

About UW

Since its founding in 1848, this campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, our students, staff, and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems. We’ve changed the way the nation takes its vitamins and brought flamingos to Bascom Hill. We’ve inspired satirists and senators alike. We’ve fearlessly sifted and winnowed to find today’s truths. And with the Wisconsin Idea as our guiding principle, we’re not only changing the 936 acres we call home—Badgers are also creating a better future for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

Quick Facts

  • 1848
    Year founded
  • $1.3B
    In research expenditures annually
  • 41
    Pulitzer Prizes
“The University of Wisconsin–Madison is distinctive in its scale and breadth, the premium we place on our relevance to society, and our commitment to inclusivity in the broadest sense.”
Rebecca M. Blank, Chancellor

UW–Madison Strategic Framework, 2020–25


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Madison, Wisconsin

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