Since its founding in 1849, the University of Wisconsin has been internationally recognized for its academic standards and research accomplishments. A number of programs consistently rank among the top ten in the nation. In addition to academic achievements, the University maintains a strong commitment to the dissemination of knowledge and is, in every sense, a public university. The University of Wisconsin is guided by the "Wisconsin Idea," that the boundaries of the campus extend to the boundaries of the state -- and beyond. The influence and service of the University extends to people and institutions throughout the world.
The departments and centers at the University of Wisconsin - Madison are nationally and internationally recognized and ranked at the top in their fields. The University has a strong history of interdisciplinary academic activity, partly due to our Midwestern cooperative culture and the presence of significant state core funding of research. With nine schools, three colleges, and nearly 41,000 students, the University is host to the fifth largest population of international students in the country. This diverse population exposes students and residents to a plethora of cultures and traditions.
High-ranking academic schools and departments include our:
Scholars in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program at Wisconsin have access to the resources of many excellent departments at UW-Madison including:
Major institutes and research centers such as the UW Population Health Institute, the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, contribute to the University of Wisconsin - Madison's recognition as a world leader in the academic social and biological sciences and in the translation of research into social policy.
Other examples of our acclaimed institutes and centers include:
Numerous existing data sets and ongoing research projects are available to Scholars and UW-Madison's extensive library system is one of the ten largest in the nation. Users may quickly search through millions of library catalog records in MadCat, the library catalog.