Our physical therapy students are united by their passion for their chosen profession, their desire to learn and explore, and their commitment to serving the community. The experiences you will have as a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are challenging and rewarding, and will serve you well throughout your career.
Life at UW-Madison
UW-Madison has a rich tradition of educational excellence. In its 2015 report, U.S. News and World Report ranked UW as the 13th public university in the nation.
Over 43,000 students are enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nearly 12,000 of these are graduate and professional students who come to UW from all over the world.
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- UW-Madison offers 134 undergraduate majors, 149 master's degree programs, 108 doctoral degree programs and 12 professional degrees.
- We rank 24th among all U.S. universities for research expenditures.
- UW-Madison has educated 32 Rhodes Scholars, 17 Nobel Prize winners, 26 Pulitzer Prize winners and over 10 National Medal of Science award winners.
- The main campus spans 933 acres, including beautiful lake areas, the lawn of Bascom Hill, colorful Allen Centennial Gardens, and vibrant Library Mall. It is bordered by Lake Mendota, the largest of Madison’s four lakes.
Life in Madison
Living in Madison offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural offerings, outdoor recreation, distinctive restaurants, unique shops and vibrant nightlife. Madison, the capitol of Wisconsin, has a population of almost 250,000. Lake shoreline, the 1200-acre UW Arboretum, and numerous parks, trails, and golf courses.
Government and education are the primary economic activities of the community, providing plentiful employment opportunities.
Madison is also known for its outstanding public schools, low crime rate and superior quality of life. It is consistently ranked among the nation's best cities. Here's a sampling of some Madison rankings:
- 5th best U.S. city for young professionals (Forbes, July 2015)
- 3rd healthiest city (Livability.com, April 2015)
- One of the 13 hottest American cities for 2016 (Business Inside, January 2016)
- Platinum level bicycle friendly community (The League of American Bicyclists, November 2015)
- One of the top 10 happiest cities (National Geographic, January 2015)
- 10th best city for an active lifestyle (WalletHub, January 2016)
- 11th best city for families (WalletHub, June 2014)