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Increased Participation by 137%


The most popular student pledge amount is $25


33.5% of all pledges made by undergrads is $25


The average student pledge is $49.33

How long have students been giving back to the university?

Students have been giving back to the UW since Memorial Union was built in 1928 with funds donated by students. It’s a tradition that has helped to make the university one of the finest on earth.

Who pays for the UW?

Tuition, state dollars and private gifts each provide 17% of the UW budget. As state funding is cut and tuition stays frozen, private gifts become even more critical.

How does giving to the student campaign benefit me?

Graduating from one of the planet’s finest universities allows you to enter the workforce with an outstanding education and a degree that’s respected the world over. The value of that degree is tied directly to the continued excellence of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Giving from students and alumni helps to maintain that excellence.

I’m graduating soon. Why should I continue to be concerned about the UW?

As a graduate, you’re forever tied to the UW. And that’s a very good thing. The university has continued to be ranked among the nation’s best, with many programs ranking as some of the top in the world. Your giving improves the university, which leads to higher rankings, which strengthens how your degree is viewed and valued in the world.

What is the Wisconsin Idea Scholarship?

This scholarship was created by students, for students. It was started by the Class of 2012 to inspire the nation’s most innovative young leaders to discover the Wisconsin Idea. Now it’s the official class gift of the Class of 2017.

When do I have to pay?

Pledge now, but don’t worry about paying until fall. We ask that you fulfill your pledge by December 31, 2017. (We’ll send you a friendly reminder.)

Do I get a gift for pledging?

For a $5 pledge, you’ll receive a pair of limited-edition sunglasses. Pledge $10 to receive a Badger-crest keyboard sticker. A pledge of $25 or more gets you a special cord to wear during commencement. To pick up your gift, check your confirmation email for more details, or stop by Cap and Gown pick up May 10-11th at the UW Bookstore

Here’s a question to ask yourself: Do I believe in a bright future — for me and the UW?

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