University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering
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Whether you are a high school student, an off-campus or on-campus transfer student, a re-entry student, or a returning adult student, we're glad you're taking a closer look at one of the top engineering schools in the world.


The student experience

The College of Engineering is one of the best places in the world to get an engineering education. We have excellent students. We have world-class faculty. We have an outstanding curriculum. As one professor said, “Our students learn how to do stuff.”

We do more than teach students. We immerse them in interdisciplinary activities and offer real-world design challenges. We introduce them to experts in their fields. And we provide them the technological tools and resources that will prepare them to meet twenty-first-century engineering needs.

In the classroom and in the lab, engineering students study and work hard—yet they also have rich social lives that include myriad extracurricular activities. Student life and learning in engineering offer exciting choices: international study, field research, internships, laboratory experience, entrepreneurial opportunities, and more.

Students with eye form.The college is internationally renowned for its research, and students at all levels have the opportunity to work directly with faculty, to propose and conduct research, and to publish and patent their results. Working in interdisciplinary teams, engineering students address real-world challenges—and actually design and build products that solve those challenges. They learn to present their ideas, pitch their products and launch successful companies.

Students also can join any of more than 55 registered engineering student organizations! These orgs offer experiences ranging from international automotive competitions to student chapters of engineering professional societies. Haiti experience.Through them, our students build and race everything from concrete canoes to electric snowmobiles. They conduct community service and educational outreach. They host and attend national professional engineering conferences. And, through organizations such as Engineering World Health and Engineers Without Borders, they help residents of communities worldwide to use low-cost medical devices and implement sustainable engineering solutions.

Annually, approximately 130 engineering students live, learn, work and serve abroad via our International Engineering Studies and Programs, internship and co-op programs, student organizations, and the chemical engineering summer course program.

A College of Engineering education not only offers students the time of their life, it prepares students for life in the real world — your world.


85 percent of all engineering majors participate in either an internship or eight-month co-op experience. 

The college has nearly 60 registered student organizations that provide engineers a wide variety of opportunities for involvement.  

The college fosters student innovation and entrepreneurship through major competitions, including the 20-year-old Innovation Days prize, the Qualcomm Innovation Prize. 

The college Engineers Without Borders chapter is among the largest in the country, with active or recent projects in El Salvador, Haiti, Kenya and Rwanda. Competitive teams have a track record of success, including hybrid vehicles (six national titles since 1993), clean snowmobile (four national titles since 2005), concrete canoe (six national titles), and steel bridge (five top-10 finishes since 2000).