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Madison is the vibrant state capital of Wisconsin and home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With a population of 233,000 (500,000 metro area), Madison is located in south-central Wisconsin, 77 miles west of Milwaukee, 270 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul, and 122 miles northwest of Chicago. With its strong economy, unique natural beauty, exciting nightlife and restaurants, and recreational offerings, Madison consistently ranks as one of the best places in the country to live, work, go to school, play, and raise a family. Wisconsin's beautiful capital city offers both small town charm and a range of leisure and cultural opportunities usually found in only much larger communities.

Madison is a city of many special arts, ethnic, and community events including the widely-acclaimed downtown Farmers’ Market with over 200 vendors (#1 “Star Farmers’ Markets” by Food & Wine magazine, 1996), summer “Concerts On The Square” with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, “A Taste Of Madison,” dozens of performances by the Madison Repertory Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Madison, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Madison Opera, and, the popular “Art Fair on the Square,” one of the top art fairs in the country which draws about 200,000 people each summer. The city is sometimes described as The City of Four Lakes, as five lakes located in and around Madison offer swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and other outdoor activities. Madison has a climate characterized by variable weather patterns and a large seasonal temperature variance. Summer temperatures are pleasant and comfortable, averaging in the lower 80s, and Winter temperatures can be below freezing, with moderate to occasionally heavy snowfall.

Even though it gets cold in the winter, Madison is known for its exceptional quality of life. Money magazine named Madison the “Best Place To Live in America” in 1996 and the “#1 Best Mid-Size City to Live in the Midwest” in 1998. Over twenty-five other major national publications, including Parenting, U.S. News & World Report, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Expansion Management, Bicycling, Outside, Ladies Home Journal, and Entrepreneur, have honored Madison with top-tier rankings in key categories including: “Great Places to Raise a Family,” “Best Schools in the Nation,” “America’s Safest Cities,” “Best Cities for Working Moms,” “America’s Best Places to Live and Work,” “Where to Retire,” “Best Places In America to Start and Grow a Company,” “One of America’s Seven Dream Towns,” “Best Cities For Women,” “Best Bike Towns in the County,” and “Most ‘Child-Friendly’ Cities.”

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is situated partially on an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. Founded in 1848, UW–Madison is the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System. It became a land-grant institution in 1866. UW–Madison is organized into 20 schools that enrolled 29,153 undergraduate, 8,710 graduate, and 2,570 professional students. Its comprehensive academic program offers 135 undergraduate majors, along with 151 master's degrees programs and 107 doctoral programs. The University of Wisconsin Badgers compete in 25 intercollegiate sports in the Big Ten Conference and have won 27 national championships. Go Bucky!

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