Prospective Students

Why UW–Madison? The beautiful campus, our nationally recognized graduate program and the strength of our faculty. Yes, All this and much more.


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Graduate study is about connection.

For prospective students, connecting your experience and interests to a world–class graduate education, a pre–eminent research capacity, and an outstanding community are vital. Connecting your academic, professional and personal goals is a priority.

The Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin–Madison offers all these opportunities and connections and is invested in providing a cohesive, integrated student experience. Our approach blends a top–notch graduate education with the deep, sophisticated research opportunities so crucial to a meaningful graduate–student experience.

In addition to making a $1.1 billion annual investment in research, UW–Madison enjoys a strong global reputation. The National Research Council found that UW–Madison has more highly rated doctoral programs than any other American university.

The university is ranked 19th among world universities, one of only six American universities to place in the top 20 of an annual survey done by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. It was also ranked 30th in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

Being part of the intellectual community at UW–Madison also means connecting to the broader world through the Wisconsin Idea, the century–old  belief that the boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the state and beyond.

You’ll also want to look at the strength of our faculty, who connect through their teaching and mentoring skills.  Whether they have composed symphonies, pioneered stem cell discoveries, worked to identify the elusive Higgs boson subatomic particle or used their entrepreneurial acumen to form start–up companies, faculty are finding creative ways advance knowledge through education and research.

But you’ll live here, too. And the quality of life in Madison is widely admired. The 933–acre campus is located on the shores of scenic Lake Mendota in the heart of one of the nation’s most livable cities.

The well–rounded educational and research experience offered by the Graduate School at UW–Madison makes the connections that will make you successful.

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