The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the oldest and largest campus in the University of Wisconsin System, a statewide network of 13 comprehensive universities, 13 two-year colleges, and an extension service. UW-Madison was founded in 1848 as a public, land-grant university.
Today, it offers a complete spectrum of highly regarded programs in liberal arts and professional programs, with a total enrollment of more than 42,000 students. One of two doctorate-granting universities in the system, UW-Madison's specific mission is to provide "a learning environment in which faculty, staff, and students can discover, examine critically, preserve, and transmit the knowledge, wisdom, and values that will help insure the survival of this and future generations and improve the quality of life for all."
In achievement and prestige, UW-Madison has long been recognized as one of America's great universities. It is a research powerhouse, one of only two universities in the U.S. to be ranked in the top five in total research expenditures for 20 consecutive years.
In the most recent Academic Ranking of World Universities from China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University, UW-Madison was ranked 17th in the world, based on a formula that includes number of alumni who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, and scholarly citation indexes. The strength of academic departments across campus and the university's support for cross-departmental collaboration means faculty and Ph.D. students in business are able to benefit not only from close ties to faculty, staff, and students within their own school, but through interaction with colleagues from other highly ranked graduate programs across campus.