Diversity in Engineering Student Experience

The UW-Madison College of Engineering has a long history of educating and inspiring future engineers to become innovative and dedicated leaders in their field. We know diverse experiences are the driving force behind ground-breaking discoveries that will solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. We encourage you to explore this page to learn more about life as a Badger Engineer!  

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Meet the Students

“Make sure to have fun. College isn’t just about learning in the classroom. It’s a unique experience and a unique time…Go out of your way to experience new things. Meet new people. Spend time with people that are completely different from you. Take risks. While you need to work hard and take care of business academically, you have so much opportunity to expand your horizons.” – Nate Holton, Class of 2006

Get Involved

Explore some student organizations and groups

Photo of students in Morgridge Fab Lab

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The mission of NSBE is centered on academic achievement, professional development, and community involvement. The Wisconsin Black Engineering Student Society (WBESS) is the student chapter affiliated with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).The WBESS student chapter affiliated with NSBE is dedicated to promoting success of ethnic minorities pursuing STEM at UW-Madison. Learn more at 


QTE, Queer and Trans Engineers, is a student organization functioning to support and provide a place for engineering students who identify as LGBTQIA+. We strive to support queer engineering students through society, education and advocacy. For more information contact




SHPE logoThe Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) empowers the Hispanic community in all aspects of STEM education, academic development, and professional growth to its members. Learn morea at

SWE logoThe Society of Women Engineers (SWE) empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. Learn more at


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Based in Waters Residence Hall, the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) residential learning community is a welcoming environment where women interested in STEM fields build a strong community with each other and UW-Madison staff and faculty who share their interests. Learn more here.




LEED scholars at a meeting

“If you really get to know each other, you can really count on one another for so much outside of your classes. You will create the strongest relationships that will go beyond graduation.” – Sourinthone Bounket, Class of 2017