Colleges & Universities
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Wisconsin's capitol city is a progressive, energetic destination that attracts scholars from around the world to pursue their higher education goals.



The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a world-class research university with more than 43,000 undergrads is considered one of Madison's greatest gems. Make your first stop a visitor information center, where you will find maps, parking, and tour information that will help you explore everything campus can offer. 

Our destination is all about discovery, and UW-Madison hosts state-of-the-art research facilities, including the Discovery Building, an innovative space that houses two world-class biomedical research institutes and a public space for campus and community members to gather and celebrate science. Just down the road is the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW Hospitals, who have a long tradition of translating laboratory discoveries to bedside application.

If you're interested in the arts, take in a captivating performance from the music department or the invigorating works displayed at the Chazen Museum of Art.

UW-Madison now features three new ways to experience the storied university. Two seasonal experiences help you explore Madison’s history and scenery in a new year. Paddle through the peaceful waters of Lake Mendota. Take a snowshoe stroll over the lake’s frozen waters for a unique look at Madison. For year-round fun, indulge your creative side by painting an iconic piece of Madison – the Union’s sunburst chair. Each experience is led by a UW-Madison student, who will share Madison’s history and first-hand accounts of what sets Madison apart.

Whatever the season, sports are always top of mind at UW-Madison! UW varsity athletics programs are part of the Big Ten Conference and the WCHA, and continually produce champion-level athletes. Football, basketball and hockey season help to paint a "sea of red" around town as Badger fans support their teams. Read our Game Day itinerary for more information. 

A visit to UW-Madison wouldn't be complete without a stroll through the Allen Centennial Gardens, an ice cream stop at the Babcock Hall Dairy Store, or a relaxing visit to the Wisconsin Memorial Union, famous for its gorgeous views of Lake Mendota, live music and laid-back ambiance.

For more information and ideas, read our University Highlights itinerary. 



Madison College offers hands-on training for more than 150 careers through associate degree and professional certificate programs. Madison College is a nationally recognized community college educating 50,000 students annually. Stop by any of the six Madison-area campus locations or stop in at the welcome center to get a student or self-guided tour media player.

Madison College's Mitby Theater produces two student run theatrical productions each year and sponsors several choral and instrumental community groups. There is always an interesting performance for visitors!



Edgewood College is a Catholic college in the Dominican tradition, located off the shores of Lake Wingra. Edgewood is Madison's only independent liberal arts college and serves 2,800 students at its small, lively campus.

Edgewood's buildings are certified in exceeding regulations to reduce overall impact on the environment, and it is known as a Green Tier Campus. The newest addition, Dominican Hall, was LEED® Silver certified, designating it as one of the world's greenest most energy efficient buildings.