Founders’ Day Tradition

From 20 students learning Latin and arithmetic in a 720 square foot room … to more than 43,000 students spread across 936 acres. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been growing since the first day of class on February 5, 1849, and we’ve been celebrating alma mater nearly as long. Find your local Founders’ Day event >

Bascom Hill 1899

Founding Fathers

Learn more about UW’s pioneering pupils and their connections to today’s UW-Madison.
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Founders' Day 1949

A Century of Celebrating the UW

Some things haven’t changed since the first Founders’ Day celebration nearly a century ago: Badger gather together to socialize, share stories of the good old days and celebrate the early days of the University of Wisconsin.
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