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University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 2,531 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 7 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

51% Women
49% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Big Ten Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $465,981)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $129,866)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 121 201 Yes -
Basketball 17 16 - Yes
Football 107 - - -
Golf 8 12 - Yes
Ice Hockey 26 26 Yes Yes
Rowing 74 171 - -
Soccer 28 31 - Yes
Softball - 17 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving 22 28 - -
Tennis 7 11 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 18 Yes Yes
Wrestling 29 - Yes -
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - - Yes
Baseball - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.3%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.8%
Hispanic 3.6%
Non-resident alien 10.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 3.8%
Two or more races 1.0%
White/non-Hispanic 73.1%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 4
Drug Law Violation 53
Liquor Law Violation 630
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 9
Property Crime 73

Notable Alumni

  • Charles Lindbergh, Aviator who completed the first solo trans-Atlantic flight
  • David W. Grainger (Class of '50), Senior chairman, W W Grainger, Inc., Skokie, Ill.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect
  • Gena Rowlands, Actress
  • Harry Steenbock (Class of '16), Professor; discovered and patented Vitamin D
  • Jane Brody (Class of '63), Health columnist, New York Times
  • Jerry Bock (Class of '48), Co-composer of Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello
  • Jim Lovell (Class of '50), Astronaut, Apollo 13 mission
  • Joan Cusack (Class of '84), Actress (Working Girl, In and Out, Grosse Pointe Blank) Famous Alumni Who Never Graduated:
  • George Poage [Class of 1903], African American medal winner in track in the 1904 Olympics
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Austin from Downers Grove, IL
  • 4
  • The great thing about Madison are the two separate neighborhoods to choose from, Southeast and Lakeshore. I personally find my personality more aligned with Southeast so I chose to live…

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  • Louie from WI
  • 5
  • It's exciting, it's fun, and it's something to experience. Never will you get the experience to walk through a hallway and socialize with every person possible. A conversation is waiting…

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  • Raquel from Chicago, IL
  • 5
  • Dorm life is great. It is the first community that you become apart of. The House Fellows on each floor are given a small allowance to set up different events…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Anna from Brookfield, WI
  • I am a current student here

    The dining halls are amazing, especially for women since it is a pay-per-item dining. The unions and badger markets around campus building also have great options during the school hours.

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  • 5
  • Jemimah from Madison, WI
  • I am a current student here

    Amazing! Coming from the land of dairy and farming, expect the most exquisite and freshest dairy products and fresh produce.

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  • 4
  • Raquel from Chicago, IL
  • I am a current student here

    The food overall is good. There are many different options depending on the day and the dining hall that you go to. The only thing is that after a few months the same food does get to be a little tiring.

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  • 5
  • Austin from Downers Grove, IL
  • I am a current student here

    Both Lakeshore and Southeast have great dining facilities very close to them, being Dejope and Gordon's dining halls. They have great variety and serve very good food! Also, if you live in the residence halls you receive a 30% discount on all food, which is very nice. Gordons is only a 30 second walk from the Southeast residence halls, which is newly renovated, while Dejope is a brand new building which is within walking distance form Lakeshore dorms. All of the food they serve is very good and I have it every day!

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  • 4
  • Cordell from Barneveld, WI
  • I am a current student here

    Dining halls are great but the selection can become repetitive if you eat there enough. But there are other restaurants everywhere on campus.

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  • 4
  • Dylan from New Berlin, WI
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food court type areas looked top-notch and there are countless other places to eat on campus on well. It doesn't look like a student could ever be hungry!

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  • 4
  • Courtney from APO, AE
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    According to some of my family members, there's plenty of places to eat on campus, and there are great organic farmer's markets around on the weekends.

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  • 5
  • from Madison, WI
  • I am a current student here

    There are a variety of dining halls as well as areas on campus for dining. I have no complaints.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Anna from Brookfield, WI
  • I am a current student here

    I am in Greek life and enjoy it very much. The sororities do not haze, but they do need to work on being more integrated with one another

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  • 0
  • Austin from Downers Grove, IL
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is not an overwhelming presence on campus, as participation is under 20%, but it is a popular option for out of state students. I am personally involved in Greek Life, and there is a fantastic system at the University of Wisconsin. I have met a ton of great people, and the organizations here certainly do not perpetuate the typical negative stereotypes that are often portrayed in the media about Fraternities and Sororities. I have not had a single negative experience, and have met a ton of great friends, both guys and girls alike. If you are interested in joining a strong brotherhood or sisterhood and always having the option to attend fun social events, I strongly encourage everyone to give it a shot and see if it is for them!

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  • 0
  • from Madison, WI
  • I am a current student here

    Yes, if you're interested in sororities and fraternities, they are available here.

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  • 0
  • Molly from Park City, UT
  • I am a current student here

    I am apart of Greek life and it is a fun thing to be apart of. However it isn't that big of a thing on campus so if you are interested do go through rush because its only one weekend and whether you join or not you can meet some pretty cool people.

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  • 0
  • Lisle from Elkhorn, WI
  • I am a current student here

    No one except out of state students do greek life. Viewed as a huge negative on campus and people look down upon here.

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  • 0
  • Madison, WI
  • I am a current student here

    Lots of fraternities and sororities to rush if that's what you're into.

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