Excellence and Opportunity

Nearly 15,000 undergraduates and more than 4,000 graduate students pursue their passions in the College of Letters & Science, choosing among courses in the natural and physical sciences, social science and arts and humanities.

L&S Student Stories

Standout Students

Geography Ph.D. student Chelsea Nestel in CNN: The future of maps: Cartography in the 21st century

Today, satellites and digital mapping tools have turned modern cartography -- the science and art of map-making -- into a technology-driven field. With accuracy all but guaranteed, new ways of visualizing space have emerged in the process. They mix art, experience and topography, approaching the physical world through the lens of time, perspective and storytelling.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Beata Nelson

Psychology major Beata Nelson began her swimming journey where any kid who loves the water might: at the neighborhood pool. Time spent there playing with friends quickly grew into swimming on club teams, competing for her high school, and committing to Wisconsin. And once a Badger, she found that her teammates offered the strongest support system she’d ever experienced.

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Just the facts

When Gerald Porter, Jr., enrolled in a journalism fact-checking class, he was apprehensive about wading into politics. How could he distill accuracy among all the claims, attacks and spin? Would there even be verifiable truths to be found? And in this era of political polarization, would anyone actually care about facts?

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From Dean Scholz

"Here in L&S, you will be a valued member in a bright, enthusiastic and extremely dedicated student body. You will encounter opportunities to deepen your interests, advance your career goals and make the world a better place."

Dean Scholz' Message for Students

Supporting All Students

The Center for Academic Excellence offers engagement opportunities, advising and tutoring, connections, career and graduate school preparation, social events and more for students who have historically been underrepresented in higher education, including first-generation and low-income students and students of color. CAE creates an enriching, inclusive and supportive community for the students it serves. 

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Student Resources, Opportunities and More

Thinking of enrolling here? Visit the Prospective Students page. Looking for details on advising, career services, areas of study, commencement and more? Visit the Current Students page