Madison, Wisconsin, is the kind of place where college students can find plenty of things to enjoy outside the classroom. From over 200 miles of hiking trails to beautiful lakeside retreats to the country's largest producer-only farmer's market, there's a rich mix of activities in the City of Four Lakes. Spectator sports are huge here, as are family-friendly arts and culture and a thriving nightlife scene. Here's what aspiring students at colleges or universities in Madison need to know about the higher education offerings in the city.
Madison Area Technical College, founded in 1912, is the second largest institution of the Wisconsin Technical College System. It provides certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs in areas such as agricultural technology, animation, culinary arts, marketing, veterinary technician, nursing and more.
Those interested in cosmetology colleges in Madison can explore options at Paul Mitchell the School, Aveda Institute, and the Academy of Beauty Professionals.
The East-West Healing Arts Institute massage school also offers training and continuing education programs.
Madison's largest institution of higher learning is the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Established in 1848, this public land-grant university and research institution is home to 13 schools and colleges. Students can embark on over 200 undergraduate majors and a whopping 250 master's, doctoral and professional programs.
Those looking for a smaller, more intimate educational atmosphere can look to Edgewood College. This Catholic school, founded in the Dominican tradition, aims to help students pursue "lives of ethical leadership, service, and a lifelong search for truth." More than 60 majors are available, including those in accounting, education, political science and women's and gender studies.
Those looking for graduate colleges in Madison can embark on a variety of master's and doctoral programs at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Popular programs, such as business and nursing, are well-represented, but some obscure programs are also available, such as plant pathology, Scandinavian studies, water resources engineering and cancer biology.
At Edgewood College, the most popular master's and doctoral programs are in the field of education.
Herzing University's most popular master's program by far is nursing.
To see a full list of postsecondary education opportunities in the state, visit our Wisconsin colleges pages.