Madison consistently ranks among the country’s best places to live, and with good reason. Here, you will find vibrant arts, entertainment, cultural, and recreational options — combined with a down-to-earth attitude that makes the city easy to enjoy.

There is plenty to do here year-round, both in the city and on campus. The active cultural and entertainment scene bring innovative thinkers, visual artists, and performers to Madison. Big Ten sports energize the community, and residents enjoy outdoor recreation in all four seasons.

Best of all, while the quality of life in Madison is exceptional, the cost of living is moderate. This contributes to an MBA education that is a financially sound decision.

Students share their favorite things to do in and around Madison.


Top 100 Places to Live, 2016


Happiest Cities
in the World

National Geographic, 2015


15 Best Cities
for Young Adults

Forbes, 2014


Top Ten Healthiest Cities, April 2015

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