Our Campus & Community

Lake Mendota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, including the Memorial Union Terrace, are pictured in an early morning aerial taken from a helicopter on Oct. 23, 2018. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, established in 1848, is a world-class university, nationally and internationally recognized for academic excellence, incredible students, inspiring faculty, and a vibrant and diverse campus community. The faculty, recognized as leaders in their fields, serve on study sections and editorial boards and have been the recipients of the most prestigious national and international awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Medal of Science. The student population is made up of over 42,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students drawn from every state in the U.S. and multiple countries, creating a diverse study body that adds to the richness of the educational experience. With well over $1 billion in research expenditures in the last fiscal year, UW-Madison has remained among the nation’s top 5 most successful institutions at securing research support for more than 20 years. To top it off, our beautiful campus is situated on 936 acres along the shores of Lake Mendota in the center of the city of Madison, the Capital of Wisconsin.

The city of Madison has a population of approximately 250,000 and is the only North American city built on an isthmus. It is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. and offers its residents natural beauty, a rich cultural and artistic environment, and a safe and high standard of living. The four magnificent lakes that surround the city as well as 6,300 acres of park space and biking/hiking trails allow for four seasons of recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts including swimming, biking, hiking, sailing, skiing and much more. The city offers fine libraries, museums, and the Overture Center for the Arts. In addition, State Street, a pedestrian mall full of coffee shops, book stores and a plethora of restaurants, joins the University campus together with the strikingly beautiful Capitol building and surrounding square which is a center for outdoor concerts, art fairs and farmer’s markets.

Considering the low cost of living in Madison, the high quality of life, and the superior quality of science on campus, Madison is an exceptional place to undertake graduate studies in Cancer Biology.