University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

About Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison was established in 1848 and is the flagship school of the University of Wisconsin System (comprised of 13 universities located around the state). Notable alumni include 13 Nobel Prize winners, numerous athletes, entertainers, politicians, authors and academics.

An internationally renowned leader in both research and education, the University of Wisconsin is home to important medical firsts: Vitamins A and B were discovered in 1913 and 1916, the process of how to enrich foods with vitamin D was realized in 1924, Warfarin was developed between 1940 and 1951, the first bone marrow transplant was performed in 1968 and the first cultivation of embryonic stem cells took place in a lab in 1998.

Students, faculty and staff are motivated by a tradition known as the "Wisconsin Idea," first started by UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904, when he declared that he would "never be content until the beneficent influence of the university [is] available to every home in the state." The Wisconsin Idea permeates the university's work and helps forge close working relationships among university faculty and students, and the state's industries and government.

Please explore the links below to find out more about the University of Wisconsin:


Founded by James Duane Doty in 1836 and named as state capital later that year, Madison officially incorporated as a city in 1856 with a population of 6,863. The only major U.S. city built on an isthmus, Madison served as a center for Union troops during the Civil War and Camp Randall served as a training camp, military hospital and prison camp for captured Confederate soldiers.

Today, with a population of 255,000, Madison offers an appealing mix of good schools, beautiful scenery, various arts and entertainment options, strong community involvement, many unique and eclectic local shopping opportunities, and a well-educated workforce, which allows Madison to be home to many high-tech companies. Sports enthusiasts have opportunities for both warm and cold weather sports year round (swimming, boating, skiing, skating, biking and fishing - just to name a few). 

Music festivals, art museums, performing arts venues, Farmers Market on Saturdays, minor league baseball, men's and women's college sports teams, and low crime are just some of the positive things that Madison has to offer.

The links below will offer you a variety of information about Madison:

City of Madison website Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Madison Metropolitan School District
Overture Center for the Arts Art Fair on the Square Henry Vilas Zoo
Dane County Farmers Market Olbrich Botanical Gardens Kohl Center
Madison Children's Museum Taste of Madison Concerts on the Square
Destination Madison Visit UW-Madison Photos: Madison Throughout the Seasons