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.

"Now that I’m here at Madison, every day validates that I made the right decision. Every day, I think, yes, I’m so glad I’m here."

"The biggest thing that CAE has provided me is a support system of reliable staff that can help me with job opportunities, internships, advising — almost anything.”

"Geography is the study of the world around us, and journalism is putting it into words and sharing it."

"A fascination for the unknown and a curiosity in the way the world works means that the liberal arts are as much a lifestyle as an academic study."

L&S Student Stories

Standout Students

Two UW-Madison students named Goldwater Scholars; two receive honorable mentions

The Goldwater Scholarship is considered the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in America.

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UW student with political ambitions receives prestigious Truman Scholarship

UW-Madison senior Jordan Madden will be able to build upon his mission of helping others as the recipient of a 2018 Truman Scholarship.

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Four computer sciences business ideas win; and one already has customers

Four projects created by computer-science students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison won a total of $12,000 in prizes in the computer science department's NEST competition on April 6.

"I'm excited for two reasons," said organizer Jignesh Patel, professor of computer science. "The first-prize winner, Moonshot Learning, already has made sales - indicating that it's answering a real need in the marketplace. And second, two of the four winners were headed by women, who have been traditionally under-represented in our field."

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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