The Wisconsin Idea
The university is influenced by the populist Wisconsin Idea holding that research conducted at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, should be applied to health problems, agriculture and the environmental issues within Wisconsin. Check out our complete list of the top 25 colleges for Outside readers.
Bascom Hall is considered the heart of the campus and sits overlooking Bascom Hill, a site made famous by Vietnam War student protestors and current-day sun-bathers.
The arboretum was established on farmland and pastures in the early 1930s and now features some of the oldest and most extensive restored ecosystems collections in the country.
Wisconsin boasts two unions: Union South, which features a climbing wall, bowling alley, and hotel, and Memorial Union on the shores of Lake Mendota. Memorial Union is famous for its views of the lake and sailboats and for the Rathskeller, a German pub.
Within the Hoofer program, UW's outdoor recreation program, students can compete in alpine, nordic, and freestyle skiing; equestrian; and sailing.
Alternatively, students can join one of the six Hoofer clubs or any of the 33 club sports teams.
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