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 classes on February 5, 1849, and we’ve been celebrating our 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: Badgers 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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