University of Wisconsin–Madison

Strength in Numbers

Student Experience: 612720 Degrees Granted since UW-Madison Was founded. Time to Graduation has steadily Declined and now averages 4.07 years. Students rate their overall experience at UW as Excellent or very good. We had a record breaking number of Bachelors degrees awarded in 2016 at 6896 and 35 thousand freshman applicants applied in the calendar year 2016.

Students and Alumni
Academy Award winning UW alumni
20 Nobel Prizes won by faculty or alumni
38 Pulitzer Prizes won by faculty or alumni
50 States represented by our students
105 Countries are home for UW students
1,000+ CEOs who are UW–Madison alumni
3,239 Peace Corps volunteers since 1961 making UW #1
442,236 Living alumni

1st Semester-long study abroad participation (2017)
1st Twitter account in U.S. higher education (2016)
2nd in Doctorates granted among U.S. Universities (2016)
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)
28th Academic Ranking of World Universities (2018)


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, the launch of the first university dance program in 1926, the first space-based weather camera in 1959, 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.