About WAA

Since 1861, the Wisconsin Alumni Association has been enriching the lives of UW alumni by connecting old friends through the alumni directory, making new memories on our alumni tours, expanding horizons at lifelong learning events, and much more!

Alumni Facts

  • Living alumni: 435,412
  • Addressable alumni: 362,303 (91%)
  • International alumni: 14,467 (3%)
  • Alumni in Wisconsin: 146,810 (37%)
  • U.S. cities by alumni populations:
    • Madison: 54,758 (14%)
    • Chicago: 24,620 (6%)
    • Milwaukee: 20,355 (5%)
    • Twin Cities: 19,030 (5%)
    • New York: 11,989 (3%)
    • San Francisco: 10,305 (3%)
    • Washington, D.C.: 8,516 (2%)
    • Los Angeles: 5,752 (1%)
    • TOTAL: 155,325 (38.8%)
  • 19 Nobel Prizes and 38 Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded to UW alumni or faculty.
  • More than 1,000 UW-Madison alumni serve as CEOs, and nearly 16,000 hold an executive management position.
  • With 3,000 grads having served since 1961, UW-Madison is the number two all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers.
  • Browse through a list of many of UW-Madison’s most notable alumni.

WAA Serving Your Needs

University of Wisconsin

  • Founded 1848
  • Total enrollment in fall 2012: 42,818
  • Enrollment by residency:
    • Wisconsin: 27,991
    • U.S. (other than WI): 10,116
    • 4,711 students from 104 countries
  • 2012–13 yearly undergraduate tuition and fees:
    • In-state: $10,385
    • Out-of-state: $26,634
  • Recent and current building projects:
    • Memorial Union renovation (Phase 1: July 2012): Upgrading the Union is the first part of a multiyear project that also includes improvements to the health and safety of the lakeshore, as well as Alumni Park, a new greenspace connecting the lakeshore to Library Mall.
    • Signe Skott Cooper Hall (Phase 1: May 2012): The $52 million, five-story UW-Madison nursing school, located on Highland Avenue across the street from the Health Sciences Learning Center, is slated for completion in summer 2014.
    • Hamel Music Center: Groundbreaking is set for late 2015 for this new music performance facility on the corner of Lake St. and University Ave., which will include a recital hall, concert hall, rehearsal room, support spaces for the School of Music, and more.

The Wisconsin Idea

First started by UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904, the Wisconsin Idea is the principle that the boundaries and influence of the university should extend to the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

The Wisconsin Idea Today

Lending faculty expertise: The Wisconsin Idea Scholars Program was launched this year, connecting community leaders from across the state with UW-Madison experts to promote discussion and tackle pressing challenges.

Building Wisconsin’s economy: The Office of Corporate Relations connected more than 530 companies, organizations and individuals with campus business experts and resources.

Promoting volunteerism: Through the Morgridge Center for Public Service, 950 students volunteered 15,200 hours at food pantries, clinics, programs for the elderly and more.

Providing continuing education: 202,318 people took Continuing Studies classes, and 3,440 nontraditional students took UW credit courses via distance education or during evenings and weekends.

Visit wisconsinidea.wisc.edu to see the Wisconsin Idea at work.

UW-Madison Firsts

1875 – UW holds first class
1861 – Wisconsin Alumni Association founded
1899 – First alumni magazine published
1907 – Wisconsin Union founded
1917 – WHA Radio begins broadcasting
1924 – First Founders’ Day celebration
1939 – Wisconsin Union Theater opens
1945 – Memorial Library opens
1959 – First space-based weather camera
1968 – First bone marrow transplant
1973 – Nation’s only on-campus blood donation center created
1975 – Development of Wisconsin Solution, used in transplant surgery
1998 – First cultivation of embryonic stem cells in a lab
1999 – UW-Madison celebrates 150th anniversary
2002 – Students use Internet to register for classes
2011 – WAA’s 150th anniversary

The Wisconsin Alumni Association encourages diversity, inclusivity, nondiscrimination and participation by all alumni, students and friends in its activities.