Student Life

Enjoy a beautiful campus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with 933 acres along the shore of Lake Mendota, five area lakes, 6,000 acres of parkland (including 260 parks and 14 conservation parks) and more than 150 miles of running, hiking, and biking trails throughout Madison. The University also boasts great campus experiences through 800 student organizations and leadership opportunities as well as year-round extracurricular opportunities in sports, arts, culture, politics, service, and social issues.



The community outside the campus also contributes to the graduate school experience. Madison (Population: 236,901 [2011 estimate]) is the state capitol of Wisconsin. Small enough to navigate easily, Madison also provides cultural resources and amenities that rival those of cities many times its size. Madison is a great place to learn, live, and play, and students are a vital part of its appeal. Madison has been recognized in many national surveys and magazines for its high quality of life. Like the university, the city is on everyone’s “best of” lists. With the multitude of things to do in Madison, there is something to explore, enjoy, or learn in any season.