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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
  • 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…

  • Jul-27-2012 Read More
  • Amber from Greenleaf, WI
  • 4
  • All in all, I've heard very good things about dorm life. For the most part, it is a positive experience. I have heard of problems in the Southeast dorms though…

  • Jan-09-2012 Read More
  • Freshman from Indiana
  • 3
  • Active involved RA, sometimes a little camp leaderish but appreciated nonetheless. I knew she was there and cared, even when I didn't want to participate in funsy things The old dorms…

  • May-22-2012 Read More
  • Anonymous
  • 4
  • The rooms are decently sized for dorm rooms, and there are plenty of choices for where to live, having dorms spread throughout all of campus.…

  • Jul-03-2012 Read More
  • Harleen from Madison, WI
  • 4
  • Dorm life here is pretty fun. You really do make friends with people you'll spend the rest of the year going on ice cream runs with, doing homework together, etc.…

  • Dec-06-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • BuckyFan
  • Aug-13-2014 I am a current student here

    There is no meal plan; you pay a la carte. This means you pay for whatever you want to eat. The food is actually very good and the dining halls have been renovated and are only a few years old.

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  • 4
  • Amelia from Milwaukee, WI
  • Jul-23-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is very good. There is always a variety, each little section of the dining hall has new dish each day, along with some staples if you like a little bit more continuity. There is always a supply of fresh fruit and a salad bar. The food is a la cart, so you never pay more than what you consume. There are times that you are gonna miss Mom's chicken pot pie, but that's inevitable, even if they were feeding you lobster every day.

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  • 3
  • Hannah Nguyen
  • Jul-01-2014 I am a current student here

    A variety of food from lots of countries, not authentic but okay for foreigners' taste. Food served until 12:00am during weekday and 01:00am at weekends.

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  • 4
  • Alexander from Las Vegas, NV
  • Jun-23-2014 I am a current student here

    The food in the dining halls is okay. There's a variety at first, but then it gets repetitive. You'll figure out what you like and what you don't. The reason it gets 4 stars is because of all the dining options available. State street has most things you can imagine. Asian, barbecue, sandwiches, you name it.

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  • 5
  • Krista from Richland Center, WI
  • Jun-11-2014 I am a current student here

    Located near State Street, which is lined with restaurants as well as campus specific dining places are all great, accessible and affordable.

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  • 4
  • Alexander from Pewaukee, WI
  • May-27-2014 I am a current student here

    The dining halls are not the best, but State street has everything anyone could want, minus a Denny's or Perkin's, but still very quality.

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  • 3
  • Titus from Laurel, MD
  • Apr-27-2014 I am a past student here

    The food for the most part was great, however it was very expensive. Ramen noodles, and hot dogs were a huge part of my life.

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  • 5
  • Badger Pride from Chicago, IL
  • Apr-15-2014 I am a current student here

    Gordon's food is awesome. I still go back to get their dining hall food. So many options. Plus a waffle bar... Food carts in library mall are bomb. Seriously try every cart at one point. A little pricey but oh so worth it. Go to restaurants up by the capitol if you are feeling a little fancier and want a delicious meal. Oh and Ian's Pizza. Yes.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Amelia from Milwaukee, WI
  • Jul-23-2014 I am a current student here

    I was not a part of Greek life, but it is part of the campus if that is something that you are interested in. I have friends in Greek Life, and we have Greek Row on Langdon. People who choose to join love it and I'm glad it's part of our culture. That being said, Greek Life does not run the culture at Madison, it does not over power other activities or interferre really in the average students life. It's just fun if that's what you want to do.

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  • 0
  • Badger Pride from Chicago, IL
  • Apr-15-2014 I am a current student here

    Love greek life here, small from an outside perspective (only 10%) but seems huge once you are in it. Because it is smaller than other schools the community is more tight knit. Expanding greek life for sure. Wish there was a better relationship with the Greeks and Non-greeks though. There can be a bit of tension sometimes. There is always something to do though when you are in greek life and is a great experience.

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  • 0
  • Bear
  • Apr-01-2014 I am a current student here

    I am not into Greek life

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  • 0
  • Nolan
  • Mar-21-2014 I am a current student here

    IDK - I didn't rush and have no interest in it.

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  • 0
  • Anne from Middleton, WI
  • Jan-25-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is prevalent on campus, but isn't dominant. If you want to be in a sorority or fraternity, there is plenty to choose from and rush week is crazy! But if it isn't your thing, its not a big deal at all. It is not clique-y like high school.

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  • 0
  • Becky from Cumberland, RI
  • Jan-18-2014 I am a current student here

    There are a lot of frats and sorority on campus and people do join them but honestly, you don't need to join one to go to their parties or have fun. They do a lot of events on campus so if you join one make sure you have the ability to manage your time well! I do know that people who join Greek life love it so it's up to you whether you want to. It's definitely not the only way to socialize on campus though!

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