For Wisconsin

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“We want to be not just the University of Wisconsin, but also the University for Wisconsin.” – UW System President Ray Cross

Wisconsin’s public universities, colleges, and extension networks are working to improve the state’s competitive edge by leveraging the state’s human capital, supporting business and industry, and strengthening local communities. The goal is a robust Wisconsin economy where current and future generations can enjoy a high quality of life.

Today, approximately 180,000 students are enrolled at University of Wisconsin System campuses. With retention and graduation rates that exceed national benchmarks, and lower-than-average administrative overhead, the state’s public university system is performing at a high level. However, Wisconsin faces big challenges that demand stepped-up efforts and new solutions.

To succeed in a global marketplace fueled by innovation, the message close to home is clear:

  • The best Wisconsin jobs will require a college degree. More
  • Wisconsin businesses turn to the UW for new ideas, support, and innovation. More
  • The UW has a strong, positive impact in communities crisscrossing Wisconsin, where the “Wisconsin Idea” is alive and well. More

Knowledge powers Wisconsin – its hardworking residents and high-caliber workforce, its economy and entrepreneurial spirit, its communities and quality of life.