Since 1848, this campus located on the shores of Lake Mendota has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. UW-Madison is one of the best public universities in the U.S. and a prolific research institution. Our students, representing 50 states and 124 countries, and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems. We’ve changed the way the nation takes its vitamins and brought flamingos to Bascom Hill. We’ve inspired satirists and senators alike. We’ve fearlessly sifted and winnowed to find today’s truths. And with the Wisconsin Idea as our guiding principle, we’re not only changing the 936 acres we call home—Badgers are also creating a better future for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.