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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
  • 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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  • 3
  • Anna from Poynette, WI
  • Apr-10-2014 I am a current student here

    The meal plan is an excellent option for busy students. The meals aren't over priced and have a lot of options. They're also very accommodating for special diets.

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  • 4
  • Nolan
  • Mar-21-2014 I am a current student here

    It's good, though it can get monotonous. Every dorm has a frig and mwave and there are plenty of low cost options for delivery and to walk to that are healthy, even in a Wisconsin winter.

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  • 4
  • Ms. Allison
  • Feb-21-2014 I am a current student here

    I am a basic eater. Gordon has a nice variety and about everything is good.

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  • 5
  • Emily
  • Jan-28-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Tons of restaurants that accept the campus's paying method

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  • 4
  • Anne from Middleton, WI
  • Jan-25-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is really good on campus and there are plenty of dining halls to go to, no matter where you are on campus. There is no meal plan, just putting money onto your ID card, which doubles as a sort of debit card on campus, and using it to buy the food and other things on campus, such as laundry. Its a much more convenient way to keep track of your money and saves you from wasting any. They do a great job of having variety in the food choices and just about all the dining halls on campus are new.

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  • 4
  • Becky from Cumberland, RI
  • Jan-18-2014 I am a current student here

    Food on campus is generally good :) there's a variety of foods such as salads, sandwiches, Mexican, burgers, omelets, soups and many cultural foods. The deserts are also super good! And there are special nights such as waffle night, nacho night, etc.

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  • 3
  • Cynthia from Cottage Grove, MN
  • Jan-15-2014 I am a past student here

    There are few stop-and go stores located in the dorm dining halls as well as sit-in dining. Costs are fairly reasonable but its dependent on the item. Their locations are convenient and are open to all students whether they live in that particular dorm or not, as long as a personal UW ID is present. The taste of the food is satisfactory.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 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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  • 0
  • Kayla from Cecil, WI
  • Dec-17-2013 I am a current student here

    Hahahaâ?¦I laugh because I just turned in a huge project pertaining to Greek Life here at UW. Even though I'm not a member of the Greek community, I know many people that are. Not one person regrets their decision to go Greek. The few interactions I had with frats and sororities have all been positive. They are responsible, and though they like to party, they go the extra mile to make sure nothing bad happens. They all seem to love their brothers/sisters, and it seems a very positive influence in their life. But, as I said, I only talked to 3 organizations, so I'm not sure how the others are. I would assume they are similar.

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  • 0
  • Xiani from Madison, WI
  • Dec-08-2013 I am a current student here

    I'm not in fraternity or sororities, so I don't know much about Greek life on campus. But I've heard they're really good and fun. So try it out!

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