Celebrate 175 years of UW–Madison
From 1848 to today, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been home to both dreamers and doers. Badgers are driven by public service, pushing beyond our boundaries, and solving society’s largest problems. We call it the Wisconsin Idea. Because this is where an idea can change the world.Learn more about UW 175
Join the festivities
To mark our 175th anniversary, the UW is hosting events on campus and across the state through May 2024. Join us in celebrating the UW’s world-changing impact on the past, present, and future.See the UW 175 event calendar
Experience 175 years of pushing beyond boundaries
Groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Life-saving medical advances. Pioneering fields of study. Barrier-breaking social movements. UW–Madison has always been home to history in the making. Here’s your chance to experience it all.Explore a timeline of UW–Madison
1851 If you build it, they will climb
North Hall becomes the first building on campus, where 56 students eat, sleep and study in one place.
1889 Picking a mascot is no miner matter
The UW goes with “Badgers” for its mascot in a nod to the state’s nickname — the origin of which may surprise you.
1926 Doubling down on dance
Under the direction of Margaret H’Doubler, the UW begins the nation’s first college dance program.
1935 The New Deal adopts a Wisconsin idea
President Franklin D. Roosevelt taps UW professor Edwin Witte to draft the landmark Social Security Act.
1959 Say cheese: Satellite photos are something special from Wisconsin
The UW contributes to NASA’s groundbreaking Explorer 7 launch.
1969 13 demands, thousands of allies
Black students launch a campuswide strike to educate the community about racism and rally around change.
2013 The human family tree sprouts another limb
UW paleoanthropologists play a key role in discovering a new branch on the human family tree: Homo naledi.
2023 Rink rank: Most women’s titles ever
The Wisconsin women’s hockey team sets a new national record by winning its seventh championship.
Get the latest anniversary news and updates
In celebration of the University of Wisconsin’s 175th anniversary, banners designed in collaboration by Molli Pauliot, Marianne Fairbanks and Stephen Hilyard merge traditional Ho-Chunk handcrafts with cutting edge animation software to create a design that honors Ho-Chunk heritage and the technical skill of the handmade.
At a special ceremony held Tuesday, Nov. 7, the campus community and invited guests celebrated the installation of Ho-Chunk banners on Bascom Hall, commissioned as part of the University of Wisconsin’s 175th anniversary.
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