University of Wisconsin–Madison

Out-of-Classroom Involvement

New students sit outside of Union South.

Job Opportunities

Students can visit the Student Job Center to view thousands of part-time job and internship openings both on campus and around the Madison community.

During your student’s college years, you will hear about an aspect of the university’s history that continues to guide the campus today: the Wisconsin Idea. The Wisconsin Idea charges the university to stretch beyond the borders of the campus and to share its ideas and knowledge. The Wisconsin Experience interprets that philosophy for students, encouraging them to apply learning inside and outside the classroom to make the world a better place.

Student Organizations

More than 1,000 Registered Student Organizations—spanning many areas of academic and out-of-classroom interests—are available to UW students. The Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI) is the link for students to get involved on campus and to grow their leadership potential. Students can explore all available student organizations on the Wisconsin Involvement Network website.

Volunteering

The Morgridge Center for Public Service connects students with local, state, and global communities through a broad spectrum of service opportunities to help students become engaged citizens. Opportunities include volunteering, service-learning courses, fellowships, internships, social entrepreneurship, advocacy, policy, philanthropy, and more. The Morgridge Center’s largest program is Badger Volunteers, with more than 700 students participating each semester.

Fraternities/Sororities

The fraternity/sorority community connects students through the ideals of leadership, scholarship, citizenship, and fellowship. More than 4,200 UW students—representing nearly 15 percent of the undergraduate community—are members of fraternities and sororities.

Multicultural Student Center

The Multicultural Student Center (MSC) works to collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically under-served students, can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience. The MSC hosts lunches, coffee breaks, discussion groups, social justice workshops, and social events. The MSC is a great place for students to relax, meet new friends, find community, and strengthen their leadership skills.

Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC) supports LGBTQ+ students and their allies. The center offers a gathering space, support services, peer mentoring, and leadership programming, including Crossroads for QTPOC. Located in the Red Gym, the center also facilitates educational programs and trainings on identity and justice issues across campus.