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

Your words in print

Undergraduate journals published at UW-Madison span disciplines from science to history to poetry. They’re a great place for students to submit thoughtful writing and experience the process of working with editors to refine their work for a larger audience. The Wisconsin Undergraduate Journal Association brings together eight on-campus publications that showcase student scholarship.

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Chasing Hollywood dreams

For communication arts students Ali Walton and Ryan Holtz, a life-changing summer internship is capped with a star-studded celebration. 

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Coding for equity

Computer sciences and Spanish double-major Katie Zutter is working to make the tech industry more inclusive.

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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