Our Vision: "The University of Wisconsin–Madison will be a model public university in the 21st century, serving as a resource to the public and working to enhance the quality of life in the state, the nation and the world."
Our Mission: The University of Wisconsin–Madison is the original University
of Wisconsin, created at the same time Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848.
It received Wisconsin’s land grant and became the state’s land-grant
university after Congress adopted the Morrill Act in 1862. It continues to be
Wisconsin’s comprehensive teaching and research university with a
statewide, national and international mission, offering programs at the
undergraduate, graduate and professional levels in a wide range of fields,
while engaging in extensive scholarly research, continuing adult education
and public service.
The primary purpose of UW–Madison is to provide a learning environment in
which faculty, staff and students can discover, examine critically, preserve
and transmit the knowledge, wisdom and values that will help ensure the
survival of this and future generations and improve the quality of life for
all. The university seeks to help students to develop an understanding and
appreciation for the complex cultural and physical worlds in which they live
and to realize their highest potential of intellectual, physical and human
Our campus spans 936 acres in Madison, Wisconsin and enrolls approximately
43,000 students. For more information about us, visit