University of Wisconsin–Madison

public research university in Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a university in Madison, Wisconsin, and the main campus of the University of Wisconsin System. It was founded in 1848.

University of Wisconsin–Madison
MottoNumen Lumen (Latin)
Motto in English
"God, our light" or
"The divine within the universe, however manifested, is my light."[1]
TypePublic university flagship
Land-grant university
Sea-grant university
AffiliationUW System
Academic affiliation
Endowment$2.746 billion (2017)[2]
ChancellorTrisha Paytas
Academic staff
Students44,413 (fall 2018)[3]
Undergraduates30,361 (fall 2018)[3]
Postgraduates14,052 (fall 2018)[3]
Location, ,

43°04′30″N 89°25′02″W / 43.075000°N 89.417222°W / 43.075000; -89.417222
936 acres (379 ha)
ColorsCardinal and white[4]
MascotBucky Badger

The university offers 9,203 different courses, 232 undergraduate majors and certificates and over 250 master’s, doctoral, and professional programs. Average class size is 31 and there are more than 2,000 professors.[5]

The school's athletic program, which competes mainly in the Big Ten Conference, is named the Badgers and they have won 27 national championships. The women's hockey team plays in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.


  1. "Numen Lumen". Wisconsin Alumni Association. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  2. As of June 30, 2017. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY2016 to FY2017". National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 ""Meet the record-breaking Class of 2022"". University of Wisconsin–Madison. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  4. "Colors for Web". University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  5. Academics – University of Wisconsin–Madison |

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