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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
  • Megan from Wisconsin
  • 3
  • as nice and ogg and smith are, go with witte or sellery. sure, you'll suffer during the first few months, but the people you'll meet are much more open and…

  • Jan-21-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Bailey from Darlington, WI
  • Mar-02-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    It may seem amazing to be able to get pizza and pasta and all that everyday. You realize after a while that there really isn't much variety in dining halls.

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  • 4
  • Alexis from Gurnee, IL
  • Jan-13-2015 I am a current student here

    The food in the dining halls is pretty good and pretty cheap, although I wish the fruit was less expensive.

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  • 4
  • Madison, WI
  • Jan-07-2015 I am a current student here

    Where you eat will be dictated by where you live. Southeast has Gordon's which has decent food that you will get tired of very fast and will make you fat very fast. Lakeshore has Liz Water's Dining Hall which has the same food as Gordon's as far as I can tell. The Memorial Union and Union South, however, are home to delicious food places that will make you happy and feel well-fed...especially because they take Wiscards which are what you use to pay for food.

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  • 4
  • Vance from Maryville, TN
  • Jan-04-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Pretty great. Above average food, plenty of options. Could be better, but not by much.

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  • 4
  • MacKayla from Altoona, WI
  • Dec-28-2014 I am a current student here

    The food for freshman is awesome! It's not always super cheap and there isn't a meal plan, but there are grocery stores around too so you don't always have to eat at the cafeteria. The options in the cafeteria are numerous and delicious.

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  • 5
  • Evan from Saint Paul, MN
  • Dec-22-2014 I am a current student here

    For dining halls, there is a wide variety and the food is great. It's cheaper than meal plans at other universities because it is a la carte and forces you to be conscious about how you spend your money. Outside of dining halls, there are plenty of local restaurants, whether they're on State Street, or are interspersed within campus or in the area. If you've got a craving for some kind of international food, chances are that it's available within walking distance.

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  • 5
  • Anonymous from Fremont, CA
  • Dec-22-2014 I am a current student here

    I'm pretty sure that the food here is a lot better than that of other schools. At Rheta's you get to choose from 6 different stations. There are burritos/tacos/quesadillas, burgers, desserts, mashed potatoes/chicken, pasta, pizza, salads and fruits, and sandwiches. Gordon's is even bigger.

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  • 4
  • Kayla from Atlanta, GA
  • Nov-09-2014 I am a current student here

    Dining halls are cheap and pretty good, but it doesn't change much. There are a ton of restaurants near campus, though.

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  • 5
  • Mary from WI
  • Nov-06-2014 I am a current student here

    There are so many choice when it comes to dinning. There are several dinning halls throughout campus that have a variety of great options every day. If you don't feel like going to a dinning hall, State Street is full of both fast food and sit down restaurants.You are sure to find something you love!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Lisle from Elkhorn, WI
  • Mar-05-2015 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
  • Jan-07-2015 I am a current student here

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

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  • 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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