About the University & Madison
About the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Founded in 1848, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has consistently been ranked among the 10 top universities in the country and one of the leading universities in the world. The University has one of the best and largest research facilities worldwide. Most areas of biological research are represented by internationally renowned scientists. National science polls rank the biomedical and biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as one of the best in the nation. The biological science community at the University is noted for its dynamic spirit of inquiry and its collegial atmosphere of collaboration, which crosses departmental boundaries.
The Madison campus comprises 125 departments, which engage more than 2,500 faculty members representing nearly all academic disciplines. More than 41,000 students are enrolled, including about 10,000 who study for advanced degrees.
The University entertains excellent sports facilities, including several indoor pools, the famous Nielsen Tennis Stadium for year-round indoor tennis, and several sport centers with gyms and numerous courts for basketball, volleyball, racquetball, squash, badminton, fencing, martial arts, gymnastics, and many more. In summer, outdoor facilities for softball and baseball, football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, tennis, beach ball and volleyball, field and track, etc. are provided. In winter, many indoor and outdoor ice arenas are maintained by the City and the University for ice skating and ice hockey.
Madison is a university city with a population of about 208,000 in a magnificent physical setting surrounded by five lakes. Its landscape is unique. Built on an isthmus between two glacial lakes, Wisconsin's Capital City offers lake views from nearly every Downtown location and all along the beautiful University of Wisconsin Campus. Madison has been ranked as the "Best City in the Nation" by "Money Magazine" and usually ends up among the top ten cities in similar surveys with respect to the quality of living. Such ranking is based on an unusually low crime rate, low unemployment rate, excellent public transportation, the location and infrastructure of the city, and many more criteria, including the intellectually exciting environment throughout the city.
Madison is a city of many parks and recreational areas. The 1,200 acre arboretum and the Vilas Park Zoo, one of the Midwest's best zoological gardens, are two remarkable examples. Camp Randall Stadium is home to the Badgers, winners of the 1999 Rose Bowl and contenders for the 2000 Rose Bowl.
Madison is a literate, arts-oriented city featuring numerous concert, dance, opera, and theater performances at the Union Theater on the University Campus, Kohl Center, and the Dane County Coliseum. The city is home to many fine musicians, and world-renowned guest artists perform on a regular basis. The city possesses numerous art galleries. The Elvehjem Museum of Art on the University Campus is just one example.
The Overture Center opened September 2004. This new $200 million center was a gift from the Frautschi family. This vision was for an integrated downtown cultural arts district. The Overture Center encompasses a whole city block and is only one block from the State Capitol.
The Monona Terrace Convention Center on the shores of Lake Monona was designed by the master architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938, being finally realized in 1997. The center includes an auditorium, ballroom, and 42,300 square feet of exhibition space.
Outdoor activities in the Madison area are endless. In summer, hiking, biking, running, roller skating, swimming, water-skiing, boating, sailing, wind surfing, bird watching, golfing, fishing, hunting; in winter, ice skating, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, even telemark and downhill skiing as well as snow boarding, are highly popular.