The UW System

The University of Wisconsin System consists of two nationally recognized Research I universities and 11 comprehensive universities across 26 campuses, as well as a statewide extension network with offices in every county.

The University of Wisconsin System sustains one of the richest traditions in American higher education, fulfilling its mission and advancing the Wisconsin Idea by providing world-class education, research, and public service for residents of the state and beyond. The UW System contributes to the strength of Wisconsin’s economy by opening its doors to students from families across Wisconsin, regardless of background or income level, helping state residents earn college degrees and also attracting talented students from outside the state.

The UW System is a powerful asset to Wisconsin’s economy, returning $24 for every $1 invested by the state. The UW System plays a central role in improving the human condition for our state’s citizens by encouraging the pursuit of civic engagement and leadership that benefits communities, partnering with business and industry to generate entrepreneurial know-how and economic prosperity, and creating opportunities for lifelong learning that improves lives.