University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW) is the flagship school in the state university system. It is known for having an overwhelmingly white student body in an overwhelmingly white state.

Facts and Figures:

Tuition: $10,415 in-state, $29,665 out-of-state

Undergraduate Population: 29,580

Graduate population: 9,002

Total student population: 38,582

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 85%

 

Campus Rating

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE): Yellow Light

    American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) - C: No required courses in Composition, U.S. Government/History, Economics, or Mathematics.

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    No plan to cut failing diversity program at UW-Madison
  • A program intended to promote diversity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is backfiring, while a very different program at Vassar College is attracting diversity without even trying. According to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, an independent study of the UW program released Thursday reveals that participants make up only a small percentage of each freshman class, despite the program’s...

  • UW-Madison hopes new diversity program will be better than last
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) is starting a new initiative this fall to help incoming freshmen from one of the whitest states in the union better understand diversity. Up to 1,000 students will participate in the pilot program, called “Our Wisconsin,” according to The Post-Crescent. It is projected to cost $150,000 to $200,000, and requires a paid program director and...

  • University of Wisconsin Regents says no to demand for safe spaces
  • The University of Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents passed a resolution Friday defending the principles of free expression in reaction to student demands for “safe spaces.” The Associated Press reports that the resolution passed easily by a vote of 16-2, and was inspired by the racial protests at the University of Missouri and elsewhere, which have occasionally involved...

  • UW launches $200K diversity training after protests of vandal's arrest
  • Administrators at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW) are rolling out mandatory cultural competency training in the wake of threats from students angry over the arrest of a vandal. UW was rocked by student outrage earlier this year when a black man was arrested on campus for 11 counts of vandalism and one count of disorderly conduct for threatening an innocent bystander, and protest leaders...

  • UW-Madison suspends frat for alleged toleration of racial slurs
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison has suspended its Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity for allegedly responding inadequately to complaints about a “discriminatory environment” at the chapter. UW issued a press release Tuesday announcing the suspension, saying SAE would be reinstated on November 1, provided that each of its members completes training in diversity, inclusion, and...

  • UW Madison students deface Lincoln statue with list of demands
  • Hundreds of students participated in a mass walkout last week to protest the recent arrest of a classmate, demanding “community control” of the school’s police force and even defacing a statue of President Abraham Lincoln with a copy of their demands. The student, an alleged vandal accused of spray painting dozens of buildings on campus and costing the university $4,000 in...

  • UW-Madison policy calls on professors to distribute grades based on race
  • A new policy at the University of Wisconsin - Madison states that good grades should be distributed equally among students of different races. The policy, named the “Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence,” calls for “proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels of an institution, including high status special programs,...

  • Students nation-wide to attend four-day, university funded white privilege bash
  • Major universities across the country are offering course credit, and in some cases even paying the cost, for students to attend an annual national event known as “The White Privilege Conference.” The 2016 conference will feature a variety of speakers and numerous breakout sessions, all of which come at an additional charge. On two of the four days, participants will have the...

  • UW profs.: vandal's arrest contributes to 'oppressive,' 'threatening' campus
  • Professors at the University of Wisconsin, Madison condemned the recent arrest of a convicted serial vandal as the result of an “over-policed” campus, saying administrators ought to “limit the circumstances under which officers may enter the classroom.” “The classroom arrest of an African American student for allegedly vandalizing university buildings with...

  • UW finally caves to liberal students' diversity demands
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison leaders have finally caved to the demands of student protesters only days after ‘BlackOut’ disrupted a Board of Regents meeting for the third time. The call for the university to act on the group’s demands grew over the weekend after UW student Karie Le posted on Facebook that a white, middle aged man spit on her and told her to “go back to...

  • UW students launch ‘Coalition Against the Ultra Right’
  • A newly-formed “Coalition Against the Ultra Right” at the University of Wisconsin hopes to combat the “Islamophobia,” “xenophobia,” and “misogyny” that President-elect Donald Trump apparently “has promised.” In a letter sent to the entire “UWM community,” members of the group assert that Trump has not merely incited...

  • UW course to explore 'The Problem of Whiteness'
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a class next year called “The Problem of Whiteness.” The course objectives, according to an online overview, are to teach students “what it really means to be white” in order to help them “understand how whiteness is socially constructed and experienced in order to help dismantle white supremacy.” [RELATED:...

  • UW students petition to shut down YAF, punish leaders
  • Students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison are demanding that their school’s administration put members of a conservative club “through intensive diversity training.” An online petition being circulated by the school’s “Student Coalition for Progress” condemns the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter on campus for hosting Ben Shapiro, whom they claim...

  • UW: 'Problem of Whiteness' class 'not designed to offend'
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison released a statement to reassure the public that “The Problem of Whiteness” class was not intended to be offensive. The statement, released Monday, defends the African Cultural Studies 405 course “The Problem of Whiteness,” explaining that “the course title refers to the challenge of understanding white identity and non-white...

  • Lawmakers demand UW cancel 'Problem of Whiteness' course
  • Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are calling on the University of Wisconsin-Madison to cancel its course on “The Problem of Whiteness” and repudiate the professor instructing it. “I am extremely concerned that UW-Madison finds it appropriate to teach a course called, ‘The Problem of Whiteness,’ with the premise that white people are racist,” State Rep. Dave...