The Wisconsin Experience



Engaging students in projects that make the world a better place is a commitment that we're now calling the Wisconsin Experience. It's a belief that fosters a unique learning environment where student life is linked to learning about about ourselves and the world around us. Students have myriad opportunities to become involved with the "real world" beyond the borders of campus. Our undergraduates can undertake research, study abroad, learn about diverse cultures, play leadership roles, and participate fully in community service and volunteerism. UW–Madison produces graduates who are creative problem solvers, able to integrate empirical analysis and passion, seek out and create new knowledge and technologies, adapt to new situations, and engage as world citizens.

For example, our residential learning communities give students an immersion experience in topics such as language, current events, or science. The Undergraduate Research Scholars program offers first- and second-year students hands-on experience in research or other creative endeavors by working closely with faculty and research staff.

Studies consistently show that students who have these types of experiences are more engaged with their peers and with faculty, earn better grades, are more satisfied with their education, and are more likely to stay in college.

Learning Opportunities include:

  • Research opportunities
  • Service learning
  • Multicultural resources
  • Study abroad
  • Academic & career advising
  • Student organizations
  • Athletics & recreation
  • Your health
Through the Wisconsin Experience, students will engage in the following areas of intellectual and personal growth:

Empathy and Humility
  • Develop and demonstrate cultural understanding of self and others
  • Engage locally, nationally and globally in a respectful and civil manner
  • Appreciate and celebrate one another’s abilities, views and accomplishments
Relentless Curiosity
  • Actively learn with expert instructors, scholars and peers
  • Engage in creative inquiry, scholarship and research
  • Develop resilience, and foster courage in life and learning
Intellectual Confidence
  • Develop competence, depth and expertise in a field of study
  • Integrate ideas and synthesize knowledge across multiple contexts
  • Exercise critical thinking and effective communication
Purposeful Action
  • Apply knowledge and skills to solve problems
  • Engage in public service, partner with others and contribute to community
  • Lead for positive change

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Created:2009-06-02 19:00 CDTUpdated:2020-02-21 15:44 CDT
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