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

Japanese literature course leads to the ultimate field trip for UW students

Adam L. Kern, a professor of Japanese literature and visual culture, waschosen for an extensive profile on a popular prime-time television program in Japan. The show’s producers wanted Kern to pick four students to accompany him on a free, week-long trip to Japan.

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Chemistry as a catalyst for examining art

Victoria Cooley came to UW-Madison with an interest in chemistry. She’ll leave this spring with a unique set of skills, knowledge and experiences that she will use to pursue a future as an art conservation scientist.

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UW students lead comprehensive study on poverty in southern Wisconsin

Over the last 18 months, Swetha Saseedhar has been part of a team of UW-Madison students assembling a Community Needs Assessment for the Community Action Coalition (CAC) of Southern Wisconsin — a community action agency serving Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha counties. The team met with over 275 people in communities across the three counties to better understand economic struggles and what policy solutions might help.

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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