The Big Ten Reasons

1. Our Students

The University of Wisconsin-Madison attracts a diverse, talented study body from many backgrounds. About half of incoming freshmen rank in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. Students come from every county in Wisconsin, every state in the union, and more than 100 nations around the world. Students are admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business as sophomores—and admission is competitive. Business students at Wisconsin work hard, but they also know how to have fun. They have the technical skills employers look for and a reputation for being good team players. You will find your classmates to be creative, thoughtful, high-energy students who want to make a difference.

2. Our Faculty

Our faculty members are among the most published researchers and accomplished teachers in the field of business education. They are authors of nationally adopted textbooks and prize-winning academic research. They bring their cutting-edge knowledge into the classroom and pride themselves on being accessible to students.

3. Innovative Curriculum

Our business curriculum reflects input from scores of executives from leading firms who serve on the school’s advisory boards and are actively involved with our students. Group projects are a notable part of the business curriculum, with many projects done as a team on behalf of a local company or organization. In addition to 10 majors, you can choose from certificates and specializations to gain additional knowledge to round out your portfolio. You can opt for electives chosen from the many world-class departments within UW-Madison—from international studies, to foreign languages, to economics, and dozens more.

4. Career Opportunities

Wisconsin is known for offering comprehensive career development, advising, and placement assistance. The dedicated staff of the Business Career Center gets to know you and your career goals. They work with you to develop the interviewing skills and the resume that will help you launch your career. Center staff also work closely with leading companies looking to hire Wisconsin graduates. In a typical year, more than 450 companies come to campus to recruit our business undergraduates. 

5. Leadership Experience

Wisconsin business students are highly engaged. It shows in their active participation in more than two-dozen business student organizations. Student organizations bring in noted speakers, network with industry professionals, conduct community service projects, and in general expand students’ knowledge while helping them build close ties to their classmates. The business school boasts a unique resource, the Accenture Leadership Center, which focuses on offering students hands-on opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

6. Grainger Hall -- a Great Place to Learn

Located in the heart of campus, Grainger Hall, the home of the Wisconsin BBA, offers a student-friendly environment. Modern classrooms, welcoming common areas, space dedicated to team projects and leadership development, Grainger Hall offers them all. The two-story business library is one of the most popular spaces on campus. Grainger offers a lounge specifically for undergraduate business students, but they are just as likely to be found in Grainger’s first-floor café, where students, faculty, and staff all enjoy the chance to grab a quick sandwich or meet up with friends for coffee and conversation.

7. Large Campus, Small Business School

The Wisconsin School of Business is an integral part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is nationally and internationally recognized for academic excellence. Being a business student at UW-Madison means you can reap all the benefits of a large and highly regarded public university and the excitement of being part of a Big Ten campus. Yet, you also receive all the personal attention possible in a comparatively small business program filled with familiar faces. It’s the best of both worlds.

8. High-Quality Student Services

As a business student you’ll benefit from the range of high-quality student services. We offer academic advising to help you plan your business education every step of the way. Our Business Learning Center offers small group academic support for quantitative courses. Want to study abroad? You can gain insights from staff with the expertise to help you locate the international learning opportunity that best meets your interests. 

9. City of Madison

Madison is consistently rated as a great place to live. Our students rave about its people, and atmosphere. They love the way it combines big-city entertainment options with small-town friendliness. Madison is a vibrant capital city with a downtown built between two beautiful lakes. Favorite activities include: watching Big Ten sports, including football in historic Camp Randall stadium; dining at one of the city’s dozens of diverse restaurants, windsurfing on Lake Mendota; or taking advantage of nature and bike trails that lead from the lakefront campus to the scenic countryside that surrounds Madison.

10. Alumni

Once you graduate, you join a powerful network of more than 37,000 Wisconsin School of Business graduates living and working around the world. As a Badger alum, you become part of a network that can open doors —across town or around the world. You will be in good company. Numerous studies have ranked Wisconsin at the top in terms of number of alumni who are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.  Whether you end up running a major company, launching your own start-up, or pursuing a totally different path,  you will continue to benefit from the knowledge, experience, and friendships you gained at the Wisconsin School of Business.