Student Leadership

The Wisconsin Experience is defined by student leaders who inspire one another, advocate for change, and move the university into the future. At Wisconsin, you can be a member of student government, participate in Homecoming, get a leadership certificate, join one of more than 900 student organizations or create your own, join the Wisconsin Union Directorate, or be a Writing Fellow. The Center for Leadership and Involvement is your source for leadership opportunities at UW–Madison.

Associated Students of Madison

The Associated Students of Madison (ASM) is the official student government on campus. All students are automatically members and can get more involved by volunteering for a committee or campaign, taking on an internship, becoming a student staff member, or by serving as an elected or appointed official.

Greek Life

For 150 years, Wisconsin's fraternities and sororities have connected students through the ideals of friendship, leadership, scholarship, and service. Our chapters boast excellent academic records and raise thousands of dollars for charity, while providing smaller, close-knit communities. Approximately ten percent of UW students participate in Greek life. Wisconsin's fraternities and sororities include several historical African American, Latina/o, and Native American chapters.

Homecoming Committee and Wisconsin Alumni Student Board

The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) sponsors both the Homecoming Committee and the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB). The Homecoming Committee hosts a week of events on campus each fall, including the annual Homecoming parade. WASB is a group of 65 enthusiastic students who engage in philanthropic endeavors, campus and community outreach, recruitment, and campus events such as the All-Campus Party.

Leadership Certificate

UW–Madison students can complete a leadership certificate (similar to a minor) that requires documentation of a minimum of 100 hours of experience in leadership roles, civic engagement, work experience, and educational activities within and outside the classroom focused on leadership; three online courses; and a capstone education artifact (paper, website, presentation) that demonstrates the student's growth, learning, and impact on the community.


UW–Madison offers Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC programs. These programs combine course work, leadership training, extracurricular opportunities, social events, and more, and each offers distinct scholarship opportunities.

Army ROTC is considered one of the top leadership programs in the country. It is an elective curriculum that students take along with their college classes; when students graduate, they are officers in the US Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. The Navy ROTC (NROTC) educates and trains qualified students for service as commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. On top of their required college curriculum, NROTC students take naval science courses that include lectures, drill, and general military training; they also perform physical training. Detachment 925 is an Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program and one of the more distinguished detachments in the nation. Detachment 925 is a cadet-run corps that blends course work, physical fitness, leadership studies, and extracurricular events.

Student Organizations

Joining a student organization is a great way to get involved on campus, make friends, and develop leadership skills. Whether you love to dance, debate, play sports, write poetry, volunteer, sail, or campaign, there's a group for you.

Wisconsin Union Directorate

The Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) is the student organization that designs, manages, and promotes more than 1,000 events on campus each year. You can be a member of the committees that organize concerts, film showings, the Distinguished Lecture Series, the Union Theater events series, Hoofers outdoor recreation club activities, or a variety of student publications. The Distinguished Lecture Series Committee organizes an annual series of high-profile speakers, as well as many other events. The committee's interest in challenging current norms and ideals brings speakers such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Arundhati Roy, Sarah Vowell, and Ta-Nehisi Coates to campus.

Writing Fellows

The Writing Fellows program enlists talented undergraduate writers to serve as peer tutors in writing courses across the university. Each year, through a competitive and selective application process, the program chooses 30 students who are trained and paired with professors in many disciplines. Writing Fellows give student writers thoughtful, extensive feedback on their writing and participate in the university's teaching mission.