UW-Madison Bascom Hall in the fall with students walking by

Why choose UW–Madison?

Badgers change lives.

A group of graduates display their Badger pride during UW-Madison's spring commencement ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

It’s as simple as that. At UW–Madison, we help you find the path to a better life, for you and for the people around you.

As a public university and a prolific research institution, our students, staff and faculty members are committed to providing a world-class education that solves real-world problems.

Whatever your dream—whether it’s a degree toward a new career or a certificate that accelerates your current job—UW–Madison is a catalyst for the extraordinary.

That’s because we want YOU to move the world FORWARD.

Your future, your way.
Learn on your terms through a top-ranked university.
#15
best public university in the U.S.
—U.S. News & World Report, 2019

See What Sets Us Apart

A city, a community, a university

People are drawn to UW–Madison because of our outstanding academic reputation. They become lifelong Badgers because of how they are welcomed. It’s a Midwestern thing and we think you’ll love it.

You’ll see it in the smiles of fellow students as you walk across campus. You’ll hear it in the voices of your instructors during your online courses. You’ll feel it in the ways you are treated by the people who mentor you and the 400,000 alumni who support you. You’ll live it when you embody the Wisconsin Idea.

Lake Mendota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, including Bascom Hill and Bascom Hall, are pictured in an early morning aerial

It’s all part of how we change lives at UW–Madison. So let’s go forward together!