University of Wisconsin – Madison

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public, land-grant institution that offers a complete spectrum of studies through 12 schools and colleges. With more than 43,000 students from every U.S. state and more than 130 countries, UW–Madison is the flagship campus of the Wisconsin state university system. UW–Madison is a formidable research engine, for over 25 years ranking in the top 5 U.S. universities as measured by dollars spent on research. Faculty, staff, and students are motivated by a tradition known as the Wisconsin Idea, the principle that the boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the state and beyond.

UW-Madison, along with affiliated organizations and connected startup companies, contributes over $15 billion per year to the Wisconsin economy, while supporting 193,310 Wisconsin jobs and generating $848 million in state tax revenue. (2015 UW-Madison Economic Impact Report, NorthStar Economics Inc.)

“At UW-Madison we understand the importance of research universities working as partners to nourish entrepreneurship, support innovation, promote economic development and to help make Wisconsin a place where new technologies thrive and new businesses want to locate.”
– Chancellor Rebecca Blank

Location: Madison, Dane County

Year Founded: 1848

Employees: 21,727 (on Madison campus)

Website: http://www.wisc.edu

Accolades:

UW–Madison ranks fourth in the country as measured by dollars spent on research at U.S. universities (National Science Foundation); 13th among public institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges; 11th best public institution (Forbes 2014); Second “most-influential” university in higher education social media (Klout.com, 2011)