Colleges & Universities

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Allen Centennial Garden

UW's Garden serves as an outdoor classroom for students and the community.

Colleges & Universities

Why is "Forward" our state motto? A progressive, innovative spirit. State Capitol spirit. The energy, scholarship and world-class universities.

Want to see for yourself? Check out Madison's institutes of higher education.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a world-class research university with more than 43,000 undergrads. Want a piece of their discovery? Check out the state-of-the-art Discovery Building, home of two world-class biomedical research institutes and a public space for campus and community members to gather and celebrate science.

Interested in the arts? Take in a captivating performance from the music department or the invigorating works displayed at the Chazen Museum of Art.

If exploration is more your style, UW-Madison has three immersive ways to experience campus. Coming in summer? You can paddle through the peaceful waters of Lake Mendota. Coming this way in winter? Snowshoe across the lake's frozen waters for a unique, awe-inspiring view of Madison. If you're looking for year-round fun, you can paint an iconic piece of Madison – the Union’s sunburst chair. All led by students happy to share their experiences at the university.

Whatever the season, sports are always top of mind. Big Ten athletes? Champion-level teams? Crazed fans ready to jump around? Check, check and check. Check out the full spread of Wisconsin sports programs and get ready for game day

A visit to the university wouldn't be complete without a stroll through the Allen Centennial Gardens. Or a scoop of ice cream from the Babcock Hall Dairy Store. Or a relaxing visit to the Wisconsin Memorial Union. There are more highlights than we can name. You better get started. 

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Madison College is a nationally-recognized community college offering hands-on training for more than 50,000 students through associate degree and professional certificate programs. Six Madison-area campus locations offer student-led or self-guided tours.

And the arts? Madison College's Mitby Theater produces two student-run theatrical productions each year and sponsors several choral and instrumental community groups.

And we can't forget sports. This is Madison after all. And Madison College offers a variety of championship-caliber programs.


Edgewood College is a Catholic college in the Dominican tradition. Its stunning campus located off the shores of Lake Wingra is home to Madison's only independent liberal arts college and serves 2,800 students. 

Edgewood's a Green Tier Campus, with buildings certified in exceeding regulations to reduce overall impact on the environment. Dominican Hall has been LEED® Silver certified, designating it as one of the world's greenest most energy-efficient buildings.

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