University of Wisconsin, Madison

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The University of Wisconsin at Madison is picturesque, set on an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. With over 40,000 students from all over the world, this is a dynamic, vibrant place to spend four years studying, rooting for the excellent football and basketball teams and watching countless sunsets at the Memorial Union Terrace. The campus is spread out alongside the lake shore and offers miles of running, hiking and bike trails. Downtown Madison is only a mile away; bustling with tons of shops, restaurants, and bars.


Stay: The Graduate | Breakfast: Short Stack Eatery

Lunch: GrazeDinner: Lucille's

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Travel Info: Closest to campus, fly into Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), providing regional and national air service on Madison’s northeast side. Taxi’s and the city’s bus service are both available at the airport. Many students fly into Milwaukee’s Mitchell’s airport, one hour away, citing cheaper fares and more flight options. Take the Badger Bus, with daily service between Mitchell and campus. The nearest Amtrak stop is in Chicago, a 2-½ hour drive from Madison.

Visitor Information: Tour Wisconsin

Stay: Right next to the University, on the shores of Lake Mendota, check-in to the Edgewater, fresh off a 100 million dollar renovation. The Graduate Hotel is a new concept in hotels opening unique properties in college towns offering a stylish, affordable option that combines the college experience with a local flavor. With Portage Pi for coffee and juice and a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the lake, this is a great place to use as a base for your stay. Another good choice is the Madison Concourse Hotel.

Coffee: Right on campus, Coffeebytes, is owned by 2 Wisco graduates. Sencha Tea Bar on State Street is known for their signature tea lattes and blended drinks. Head to the first Madison branch of Wisconsin’s own Colectivo, right near the Capitol.

Breakfast:Parents and students rave about the breakfast at Short Stack Eatery (open Wed-Sun) and Sunroom CafeMarigold Kitchen, voted the best breakfast by Madison Magazine, has an eclectic menu featuring chilaquiles, duck confit hash, tofu scrambles, alongside more traditional breakfast fare. Basset Street Brunch Club also has a great breakfast menu with choices as varied as chicken and biscuits, oatmeal Crème Brulee, avocado toast, pancakes, and omelets.  Visiting on the weekend?  DLUX is very popular - we have to wonder if it’s the lure of the bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary bar.

Lunch: Food trucks are not allowed in Madison, but the street food scene is hot and happening thanks to a ton of food carts. Many of the carts are located by Library Mall, and downtown by the Capitol. Sample an international array such as Banzo for Middle Eastern, Bulgogi Korean Tacos, Caracas Empanadas, and Blowing Smoke BBQ. Rather sit down for a meal? Enjoy a great view of the capital while dining at Graze, inspired by N.Y.’s gastro pubs. The market driven menu offers a variety of small plates, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Offering Red Brat, White Brat and much more, head to State Street Brats for Brathaus favorites.



Casual: All offer delicious, local, farm to table menus it’s a hard choice between Lucille’s, A Pig in a Fur CoatMerchant, Graze, or Cooper’s Tavern. Honoring all the great traditions of Wisconsin, eat at The Old Fashioned for beers, brats and cheese. Students rave about the sushi at Red Sushi and Muramoto.


A Step Up: James Beard award winning Chef Tory Miller has quite an empire in Wisconsin, in addition to Graze, his restaurant Sujeo, a homage to his Asian roots, has been the talk of Madison since it opened. L'Etoile serves upscale French inspired American fare and his latest, Estrellon, focuses on Spanish inspired tapas in an impressive 6,000 square foot space with two dining levels. Dine at Fresco, on the rooftop of the Museum of Contemporary Art or lakeside at hip, Bistro Sardine. Popular, Cento is where old world Italian meets modern farm to table. Carnivores will be happy at Rare Steakhouse.

Late Night Snack: After a night out in Wisco, make sure to order Ian’s Pizza or Pizza di Roma (“PDR”). Ian’s, which is a popular student favorite, has amazing pizza and is known for their Mac and Cheese Pizza. PDR also has amazing pizza and is known having the best spinach slice.

Local Attractions: Nothing beats Memorial Union Terrace for sunset where students gather with pitchers of beer, cheese curds or homemade ice cream. On Saturday, Dane County Farmer’s Market is the place to be.  If you’re timing is right catch a Football or Basketball Game, The Badgers are consistently top contenders in the NCAA tournament.

Welcome to Your New Home


The school spirit and the city of Madison are amazing!
— Fiona
Buy a warm coat!
— Elizabeth
The city of Madison is part of your campus so there is no shortage of things to do!
— Gabe
Off campus housing is the way to go. Most students live off campus in apartment buildings, that are filled with students so its like a dorm, just so much nicer!
— Danny
Great academics, a vibrant downtown, and living by the lake are some of the things that make Wisconsin so incredible!
— Lucy





Bucky Badger

School Colors

Black, Gold, & Badger Red

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Action


Average - 1380


Average - 29








Admissions Office

702 West Johnson Street, Suite 1101
Madison, WI 53715-1007

(p) (608) 262-3961
(f) (608) 262-7706

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Frank Lloyd Wright
Gaylord Nelson
Charles Lindbergh

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