Resources and Support
Our academic opportunities and resources give students everything they need for a challenging college career supported by faculty, advisors, technology, mentors, facilities, and tutors.
Our professors are nationally and internationally recognized teachers and scholars. With over 2,000 faculty members, a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1, and just 29 students in the average class, you can get to know your professors. And because Wisconsin is among the top public universities in the number of professors who have won prestigious awards and prominent grants, you'll be learning from the people who are creating today's cutting-edge knowledge.
Academic advisors are partners in planning your academic experience at UW–Madison. Your first advising experience will take place during SOAR, our summer orientation and registration program. From there you’ll be assigned an advisor in your area of interest or a specialist to help you figure out your areas of interest. Your advisor will help you consider major options, plan your course work, identify ways to get involved, explore career options, and progress toward graduation.
Since 1958, when Wisconsin was one of the first schools in the country to introduce an honors program, we've been offering our most academically talented students unique opportunities to challenge and surround themselves with others who love to learn. Each school and college on campus offers an honors program in addition to learning communities, service-learning courses, and research opportunities geared toward those who have a desire to accomplish something remarkable.
Students who want to push the frontiers of knowledge have the opportunity to do so from the moment they step foot on campus due to our many undergraduate research opportunities. Undergraduates work side-by-side with world-renowned researchers, assisting with ongoing research or designing and directing their own projects. The annual Undergraduate Symposium gives students in the biological, physical, and social sciences, as well as in the arts and humanities, the opportunity to present their work to other students, faculty, and potential employers.
The UW–Madison libraries boast the 11th-largest research collection in North America and the largest library in the state, Memorial Library. The library system includes more than 40 libraries. Holdings total more than 7.3 million printed volumes, over 20,000 electronic journals, and more than 7 million items such as government documents, maps, films, video games, and musical scores. The libraries offer free wireless, computer labs, laptop checkout, study rooms (some can even be reserved online for study groups and meetings), digital collections, live online help, E-reserves, and a café.