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Colleges / University of Wisconsin-Madison

UW Madison Student Life

UW Madison is on a 936-acre campus in an urban setting in Madison, Wisconsin, not far from Milwaukee. There are many activities and organizations for UW Madison students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

UW Madison also has fraternities and sororities..

UW Madison Housing

UW Madison offers housing. Students are not required to live on campus First year students are given priority for on-campus housing.

Most UW Madison students live off campus. In 2021, 22% of undergrads at UW Madison lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 78% of students lived off-campus or commuted to UW Madison. There are 7,476 spots available in on-campus housing for all 33,585 undergraduates. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

UW Madison offers coed housing and .

UW Madison Athletics

At UW Madison there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at UW Madison:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Crew NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Sailing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Golf Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Ice Hockey Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Swimming And Diving Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Track And Field Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Fencing Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Lacrosse Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Racquetball Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rugby Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Ultimate Frisbee Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Volleyball Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 1
Water Polo Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Club Teamsheerleading Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Is UW Madison Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

University of Wisconsin-Madison is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The UW Madison campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

UW Madison offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to UW Madison

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to UW Madison, take Interstate 90/94 to Madison, WI. If you need to fly, book your flight to Dane County Regional airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Wisconsin you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore UW Madison's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

UW Madison Students

52%

Women

48%

Men

90%

Full Time

10%

Part Time

61%

In State

39%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

68%

9%

8%

6%

4%

3%

2%

0.20%

0.07%

Undergraduate Students

33,585

Graduate Students

11,955

Non-Resident / International Students

2,983

UW Madison Campus Services

Student Services
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Counseling
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

45,540

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

57%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$10,742

Out-of-State

$38,630

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 1
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