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The primary mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison is to provide a learning environment in which faculty, staff, and students can discover, examine critically, preserve, and transmit the knowledge, wisdom, and values that will help ensure the survival of this and future generations, and improve the quality of life for all. The university seeks to help students to develop an understanding and appreciation for the complex cultural and physical worlds in which they live, and to realize their highest potential of intellectual, physical, and human development.

UW–Madison also seeks to attract and serve students from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds, and to be sensitive and responsive to those groups, which have been historically underserved by higher education. Through policies and programs, the university embodies respect for, and a commitment to, the ideals of a pluralistic, multiracial, open, and democratic society.


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