Strength in Numbers


Students and AlumniStudent success 7078 Undergrads, 2213 Masters, 1455 Doctorates. 4.01 years to graduation.
Academy Award winning UW alumni
20 Nobel Prizes won by faculty or alumni
40 Pulitzer Prizes won by faculty or alumni
50 States represented by our students
128 Countries are home for UW students
1,000+ CEOs who are UW–Madison alumni
3,239 Peace Corps volunteers since 1961 making UW #1
441,731 Living alumni

RankingsStatewide Economic Impact - $15 Billion annual contribution. 400+ Startups formed from UW-Madison Startups. More than 430 thousand living alumni
1st Semester-long study abroad participation (2017)
1st Twitter account in U.S. higher education (2016)
1st in Doctorates granted among U.S. Universities (2017)
6th in nation for research expenditures (2016)
8th Patents among worldwide universities (2017)
15th in producing graduates who go on to become venture capital-backed founders of companies.
13th Kiplinger’s 100 best values in public colleges (2018)
15th Best Public College (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
18th Best public U.S. colleges (Forbes, 2017)
27th Center for World University Rankings (2018-2019)


University Firsts
First discovered vitamins in the 1910s, cultivated embryonic stem cells in the 1990s, and helped unearth a human species in the 2010s.

First test of butterfat content in milk in 1890.

Launched first university dance program in 1926

First space-based weather camera in 1959

Conducted the first bone marrow transplant in 1968 the first National Stem Cell Bank in 2005, and in 2014, the first master’s program in energy conservation.

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