UW–Madison is the largest institution in the University of Wisconsin System. Eight colleges and schools offer undergraduate training at UW–Madison: Agricultural and Life Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Human Ecology, Letters & Science (the largest college), Nursing, and Pharmacy. In addition, the Graduate School offers master’s and doctoral degrees in almost every field. The three professional schools are the Law School, the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the School of Veterinary Medicine.
UW–Madison has long been recognized as a national leader for the achievements of its alumni and faculty and for the prestige of its academic programs that serve more than 42,000 students. Among notable University of Wisconsin facts: it houses the nation’s oldest educational radio station; UW–Madison scientists invented the round silo and the first space-based weather camera; conducted the first bone-marrow transplant; created the first synthetic gene, and cultivated the first embryonic stem cells in a lab.
The campus is located on the southern shore of Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin, and spans 935 acres. The university operates on a budget that exceeds $2 billion. Approximately 60,000 people are associated with the university as either students or employees. This city-within-a-city has its own businesses, residence halls, police department, food services and maintenance, and counseling and health services, as well as a dairy plant and store.