The University of Wisconsin is a public research university that was established in 1848 – the same year that the state of Wisconsin became an official state. At the time it was first public university in the state. The school is located in Madison, Wisconsin – which is also the capital city. The 2013 enrollment was approximately 43,000, with 29,000 of them being undergraduates. Their official school colors are cardinal red and white.
University of Wisconsin academics are recognized worldwide for their excellence. In 2014 the school was ranked 37th in the world by QS World University Rankings. No matter who conducts the academic rankings, Wisconsin generally ranks in the top 50. The school is most known for their research programs, and college of agriculture and life sciences.
The University of Wisconsin is not only one of the most prestigious academic universities, but they are also a well known athletic university in a number of sporting events. They are most known nationwide for their football, basketball, and ice hockey teams. In football, many fans relate the Badgers to their “Jump Around” student section tradition. The tradition entails the entire student section jumping around at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Badgers basketball is the model of consistency, with the team reaching 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, the most recent saw them earn a spot in the 2014 Final Four. They were also ranked in the top 5 of the 2014-2015 preseason college basketball rankings. Badgers Ice Hockey is also well known for having won six national championships – which ranks 4th in NCAA history.
Their biggest rival in all sports is the Minnesota Gophers, who compete with Wisconsin each year in what is called the Border Battle. The Border Battle is an athletic competition in which each athletic team earns points for their respective school – the winner earns bragging rights for that upcoming season.
- Russell Wilson – current NFL quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.
- Ron Dayne – former Heisman Trophy winner.
- Bud Selig – Major League Baseball Commissioner
- Phil Hellmuth – Professional poker player and youngest person to win the World Series of Poker.
- Dick Cheney – former Vice President of the United States
- Charles Lindbergh – Medal of Honor and Orteig Prize winner for being the first person to make a nonstop flight from New York City to Paris, France in 1927.