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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
Bascom Hall at dusk.JPG
MottoNumen Lumen (Latin)
Motto in English
"God, our light" or
"The divine within the universe, however manifested, is my light."[1]
TypeFlagship, public, land-grant, sea-grant
Endowment$1.87 billion[2]
ChancellorDavid Ward
Academic staff
Students42,595 (Fall 2010)[3]
Undergraduates28,897 (Fall 2010)[3]
Postgraduates9,358 (Fall 2010)[3]
LocationMadison, Wisconsin
933 acres (378 ha)
SportsWisconsin Badgers
ColorsCardinal and white            
MascotBucky Badger (Buckingham U. 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.[4]

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. "Ask Abe Archives – Campus Traditions". Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  2. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2010 to FY 2011" (PDF). Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Community: : University of Wisconsin–Madison". Retrieved June 9, 2012.

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