Life in Madison


With almost 30,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduate students, representing 50 states and 127 countries, UW-Madison is diverse, energetic and constantly in motion. Join one of the nearly 900 student organizations – or start a new one.

Jump around with 80,000 Badgers fans at Camp Randall Stadium and witness athletic feats from our 23 Big Ten varsity teams. Relax over live music and a stunning sunset at the Memorial Union Terrace. Build a lifelong community of kinship and support. As a Badger, the opportunities that lie ahead are boundless.


Our Chemistry graduate students are involved in recreational sports teams, science outreach programs, improv classes, local choirs, on-campus entrepreneurial workshops and classes, fine arts groups and classes, fitness classes, book clubs, religious groups and communities, and a host of other activities.


Madison is home to more than 255,000 people. In many ways, the University and the State Capitol are the hubs of activity downtown. Stroll down State Street, a vibrant pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants, which connects campus and the Capitol. Experience the largest farmers’ market of its kind as you walk around Capitol Square on a Saturday morning. Explore lakes Mendota, Monona, and Wingra by foot, bike, or kayak. Choose from dozens of arts, cultural, and sporting events each day as you become a part of the Madison community.

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