UW-Madison has one of the largest university research communities in the world, with more than 700 faculty, 1,500 academic staff, 700 postdoctoral fellows, 9,700 graduate students, and thousands of undergraduates. Relevant departments at the UW-Madison that rank among the top few in the country include BacteriologyBiochemistryBiomedical EngineeringBiomolecular Chemistry, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Chemical and Biological EngineeringChemistryComputer SciencesGeneticsMolecular Biology, Oncology, and Statistics,  In addition, the UW-Madison houses a number of internationally recognized research centers and facilities, including the Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Center for Genomic Science InnovationBiotechnology CenterLaboratory for Optical and Computational InstrumentationNuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, the UW Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the National Center for Quantitative Biology of Complex Systems.

The University is consistently rated as one of the top 10 universities in the nation in overall teaching and research excellence and in the ability to attract federal research funding. The School of Medicine and Public Health, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) are located on the Madison campus, resulting in a strength in the biological sciences that is unsurpassed anywhere. Research scientists on the campus are located in over 125 academic departments and may also participate in a number of interdisciplinary programs The attractive physical location of the campus, the diversity of the student population, and the wide range of social, athletic, and cultural events available on a large campus make the UW-Madison a very pleasant place to carry out graduate studies.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has extensive state-of-the-art campus facilities for hiking, biking, and sailing, as well as indoor swimming, tennis, racquetball, squash, and ice-skating. Students live in all parts of the city, although they are concentrated near the campus; more than half live within one mile of campus. Madison has an excellent bus system with frequent service to the campus from all directions, and many students commute by bicycle.

The City of Madison is the state capital and, with a population of nearly 270,000, is the state’s second-largest city. Situated mainly on an isthmus between two lakes, it is located 150 miles northwest of Chicago, and about 80 miles west of Milwaukee. The Madison community offers a wonderful diversity of cultural activities ranging from classic opera, theater, concerts, and dance, to progressive music, art, and local entertainment. Many events are free or affordable for students.

Madison and the Southern Wisconsin area offer excellent facilities for extracurricular activities. Access to the four lakes within the city provides for ice-boating, ice-skating, and ice-fishing in winter, and boating, sailing, paddleboarding, canoeing, swimming, water skiing, and fishing in the summer.  The city and the area are also known for excellent road cycling, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.