University of Wisconsin–Madison A legacy of excellence and a force for change

As a flagship university and research powerhouse, UW–Madison makes incredible discoveries about our world and changes lives in the state, the nation and the world.

Research & Innovation

UW–Madison’s research portfolio has far-reaching potential for impacting how we live today and react to our changing world. We spend more than $1 billion annually on research activities. From the humanities to the social and hard sciences, our vast research has a singular mission: to improve lives.

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8th in the nation for research expenditures (2019)

2,133active patents (2021)

400+startups formed from UW–Madison research endeavors

Students raising thank you banners for their teacher in a virtual online class

Faculty Excellence

UW–Madison is home to many of today’s top thinkers, researchers, and leaders. When global challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic emerge, our growing team of Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, and National Medal of Science winners rises to the occasion. While our faculty have pivoted to online learning, they remain dedicated to supporting students, finding meaningful new ways to connect.

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10Fellows in the National Academy of Inventors

300,000+ peer review articles citing UW–Madison faculty publications

2,000+honorific awards received by UW–Madison faculty

The Wisconsin Experience

UW–Madison’s vision for the total student experience combines learning in and out of the classroom, with students engaging in four areas of intellectual and personal growth. Applying what they learned about problem solving and creativity in their engineering coursework, undergrads Joel Baraka and Anson Liow created a board game to help children in refugee camps learn math, science, social studies, and English.

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Tisiya Mahoro, standing, helps students at Kinakyeitaka Primary School in Uganda play the 5 STA-Z board game developed by UW–Madison engineering students.
Tisiya Mahoro, standing, helps students at Kinakyeitaka Primary School in Uganda play the 5 STA-Z board game developed by UW–Madison engineering students.

31undergraduate average class size

1,000+student organizations

60+theme-focused First Year Interest Groups

44%of undergraduates gain research experience (2019)

Meghan Welsh, a UW Health speech therapist, uses the new Badger Shield+ during a therapy session.

Beyond Campus

First articulated in 1905, the Wisconsin Idea is a belief that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom and the boundaries of campus. Last year, as coronavirus cases spread across the country and hospitals faced PPE shortages, UW–Madison engineers responded with a design for a medical face shield made from common materials that 450 manufacturers put into production. Together, the contributions of students, faculty, staff and alumni continue to extend far beyond our campus.

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451K+living alumni

#1producer of Peace Corps volunteers (2020)

71Nobel, Pulitzer Prizes and Academy Awards won by UW alumni & faculty

232,000+jobs supported (2021)