Photos: Notable people who are UW alumni (2022)

There are several notable people who graduated or attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Here's a sampling of them.

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Greta Van Susteren

CNN legal analyst and television personality Greta Van Susteren, shown speaking at UW-Madison graduation in 1998, is a native of Appleton and graduated from UW in the late 1970s.

  • SARAH TEWS — State Journal archives

Joan Cusack

Actress Joan Cusack has twice been nominated for Academy Award for best supporting Actress for her work in "Working Girl" and "In & Out." Cusack performed with Madison's now-defunct ARK Improvisational Theatre and graduated from UW-Madison.

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James Lovell

James "Jim" Lovell, Jr. is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission. He was the first person to fly in space four times, the first of only three people to fly to the moon twice and the only one to have flown there twice without making a landing. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison for two years before transferring to and graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952.

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Stephen Ambrose

Stephen Ambrose, American historian and biographer, spent his childhood in Whitewater and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1963. Ambrose, probably best known for his books on Lewis and Clark and World War II, wrote more than 30 books, including biographies of U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

  • JOSEPH W. JACKSON III — State Journal archives

Gaylord Nelson

Gaylord Nelson, former Wisconsin governor, U.S. senator and the father of Earth Day, was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1942.

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Robert M. La Follette

Robert M. La Follette served as governor of Wisconsin, U.S. senator and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and was a candidate for president in 1924. "Fighting Bob" La Follette’s long public career included promoting open primaries, improving the lives of farmers and workers, and leading the state to become one of the first to adopt child labor laws. La Follette graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1879.

Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes, an author and illustrator of children's books, wrote his first book in 1979, when he was a 19-year-old art student at UW-Madison.

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Hector DeLuca

Hector DeLuca, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and former chairman of the university's biochemistry department, is one of UW-Madison's most prolific inventors and has drawn honors worldwide. DeLuca, a protege of the famed Harry Steenbock, is well known for his research involving vitamin D. DeLuca earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1955.

  • CRAIG SCHREINER — State Journal archives

August Derleth

August Derleth, a Sauk City native, wrote more than 100 books including biographies, children's books and fiction, as well as hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1930.

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Conrad Elvehjem

Conrad Elvehjem, an internationally known biochemist in nutrition, received hisPh.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1927. Known for his research in nutrition and vitamin B complex work, Elvehjem was also president of the University of Wisconsin from 1958 until his death in 1962.

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Michael Feldman

Radio personality Michael Feldman, host of the popular broadcast "Whad'Ya Know?,'' grew up in Milwaukee andgraduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1970. He spent some of his early days in radio at WORT, broadcasting from Dolly's Diner on Williamson Street.

  • JOSEPH W. JACKSON III — State Journal archives

Jeff Greenfield

Jeff Greenfield, award-winning television journalist and author, obtained his degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1964. While at the UW, he was editor of the campus newspaper, the Daily Cardinal.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller is a musician and singer-songwriter who was born in Milwaukee and went on to record a number of top 10 singles including "The Joker," "Take the Money and Run," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Jungle Love" and many more. In 1961, he entered the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he formed the band the Ardells, and was joined by his friend Boz Scaggs a year later. The blues band also included Ben Sidran and Ken Adamany. Miller dropped out six credit hours shy of a literature degree, opting to pursue his music career.

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Laurel Clark

Laurel Clark was a medical doctor, U.S. Navy captain, NASA astronaut and space shuttle mission specialist who died in the space shuttle Columbia disaster. She was born in Ames, Iowa, but considered Racine in Wisconsin to be her hometown. In 1983 she received a bachelor of science degree in zoology from UW-Madison.

Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson, a Republican politician, was the 42nd governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001, making him the longest-serving governor in the state. Thompson also served as the U.S. secretary of health and human services under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. Thompson earned both his bachelor's degree (1963) and his law degree ('66) from UW-Madison. While in law school, Thompson was elected chairman of the Madison Young Republicans.

  • AMBER ARNOLD — State Journal archives

William T. Evjue

In 1917 William T. Evjue founded The Capital Times, whose motto was, and still is, "Wisconsin's Progressive Newspaper." Evjue, also the editor and publisher of the newspaper, grew up in Merrill and arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1902.

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Shirley Abrahamson

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by Gov. Patrick Lucey in 1976. She became chief justice in 1996, the first woman to head the court in the history of the state. She received her doctorate of law in American legal history in 1962 from the UW Law School.

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Errol Morris

Errol Morris is an American film director of "The Thin Blue Line" (1988), "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara" (2003), for which he won the Academy Award for best documentary, and a number of other acclaimed films. Morris' debut feature was "Gates of Heaven" (1978), a film on Roger Ebert's list of the 10 greatest films ever made. He graduated from UW-Madison in 1969 with a B.A. in history.

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Author and 1993 Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss grew up in Madison and attended UW-Madison in the early 1970s. He has written biographies of Bill Clinton and Vince Lombardi as well as the novel "They Marched Into Sunlight," a saga of the Vietnam era.

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Don Ameche

Born in Kenosha, Don Ameche was a versatile leading man of 1930s and '40s films and second cousin of Alan Ameche, the Heisman Trophy winner from UW-Madison in 1954. His second film career began in 1983 with ''Trading Places,'' starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, and two years later, he won an Oscar as supporting actor in "Cocoon."

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Charles Lindbergh UW student

American aviator Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Lindbergh was a student at UW-Madison before he left the university in 1922.

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Barbara Crabb

Judge Barbara Crabb, U.S. District judge for the Western District of Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in 1960 and her law degree in 1962. Judge Crabb has been in the news lately for her ruling that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

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John Muir

John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. In 1860 he entered the University of Wisconsin. After three years he left Madison to travel the northern United States and Canada.

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Karl Paul Link

Karl Paul Link was a UW-Madison researcher and biochemist who is best known for his discovery of the anticoagulant warfarin, which is used in the prevention of the formation of blood clots in blood vessels. The most famous early patient to be helped by warfarin was President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Link obtained his Ph.D. in agricultural chemistry from UW-Madison in 1925.

  • UW-Madison archives

Steve Bornstein

Steve Bornstein, currently the president and CEO of the NFL Network and also the National Football League's executive vice president of media,graduated in 1974 from UW-Madison with a bachelor of science in communications.

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Michael Feldman (copy)

Radio personality Michael Feldman, host of the popular broadcast "Whad'Ya Know?,'' grew up in Milwaukee andgraduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1970. He spent some of his early days in radio at WORT, broadcasting from Dolly's Diner on Williamson Street.

  • JOSEPH W. JACKSON III — State Journal archives

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What is UW Seattle famous for? ›

Ranked the 10th best global university,* the UW is home to a renowned medical center and top-ranked programs in medicine, engineering, nursing, law, business and social work. The UW is the country's top public research institution and one of the oldest universities on the West Coast.

What is unique about UW? ›

Bubble gum, vinyl, synthetic rubber and the color TV tube were all invented at the UW. The idea for the Wave was conceived at the UW in 1981. Husky Stadium has the record for having the loudest game in college football history: 130 decibels in 1992 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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60,000 Huskies strong, UWAA members share a passion for the purple and gold. We believe in the value of higher education and the impact that the University of Washington makes on our world.

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Average GPA: 3.8

The average GPA at University of Washington is 3.8. This makes University of Washington Extremely Competitive for GPAs.

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Rankings: UW is among the best in the nation, world according to three news outlets. Three new rankings out this month place UW among the best schools in the nation and the world. Times Higher Education released its 2021 World University Rankings of the top 1,000 universities in the world.

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Tier 1 schools include Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, UChicago, Caltech, Columbia, Brown, Northwestern, The University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Duke, Vanderbilt, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and Rice.

How prestigious is UW? ›

The University of Washington tied for No. 28 on the Times Higher Education annual reputation ranking, released Wednesday. The UW moved up one place from 2020. The UW shared the spot with Duke, and placed fourth among U.S. public institutions behind UC Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Michigan.

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For every 100 applicants, 49 are admitted. This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools. If you exceed their requirements, you have an excellent chance of getting in.

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Our culture at UW-IT is defined by collaboration, innovation and service to our entire University. We work together and with countless others throughout the UW to advance important work — whether that's world-class research, advancing the teaching and learning experience or streamlining business processes.

What does UW Seattle look for? ›

Aim for a 1430 SAT and 33 ACT

That said, UW may consider high test scores (1400 SAT/31 ACT or above) for students who may not otherwise be admitted. UW superscores both the SAT and ACT and a high score can help push you over the top if you're a borderline applicant.

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User-Determined User Busy.

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The University of Washington is No. 17 in the world — No. 3 among U.S. public universities — on the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released today.

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The most popular majors at University of Washington include: Social Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Communication, ...

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What GPA is required for Harvard? ›

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Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ4%
Stanford UniversityStanford, CA4%
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT5%
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI6%
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Is UW an Ivy League school? ›

The Hidden Ivies include many small colleges, such as Davidson College, Pomona College, Carleton College, and Oberlin College, as well as some large research universities, like Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Southern California.

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As a working class school, UW is definitely elite, but compared to other much elite schools for the elite then ya, UW is not Stanford. I rarely interact with other people from UW CSE, this is the case even in Seattle as its just not a very big program.

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1. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.

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No, University of Washington-Seattle Campus is a college that does not have any religious affiliation. Learn about the reasons to consider religious or Christian colleges here.

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What is the hardest college to get into in Washington state? ›

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At the UW, you will not be disadvantaged for sending low scores or for not sending scores. In fact, when reading your application, the reviewers will not see your test scores, if provided. However, high test scores (1400 SAT/31 ACT or above) may be considered for a handful of students who may not otherwise be admitted.

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Aim for four to eight AP exams in your junior and senior years. For competitive Ivy League schools, admission officers also want to see AP courses for core subject areas and additional courses. If possible, aim to pass about seven to 12 AP exams if applying to these highly selective schools.

What is a UW grade in college? ›

A "UW" indicates an unofficial withdrawal. Students who register for courses but do not attend classes are given the grade of "UW" which will influence the GPA in the same way as an "F" grade.

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University of Washington-Seattle Campus is located in Seattle, Washington. If you are interested in visiting UW Seattle, the address is 1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, Washington.

How prestigious is UW? ›

The University of Washington tied for No. 28 on the Times Higher Education annual reputation ranking, released Wednesday. The UW moved up one place from 2020. The UW shared the spot with Duke, and placed fourth among U.S. public institutions behind UC Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Michigan.

Is UW a Tier 1 school? ›

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Can I get into UW with a 3.5 GPA? ›

As you can see, the majority of students who got in had an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher, an SAT score (ERW+M) above 1050, and an ACT composite score of 20 or higher. Strong students can be rejected if they don't have high grades in challenging AP, IB, and Honors courses.

Does UW give good financial aid? ›

It's a great sign that the loan percentage is so low at University of Washington - in fact, University of Washington is in the top 10% of schools in terms of how many students have to take out loans. This usually means the school has a strong financial aid program, and grants are enough to pay for the cost of college.

Is UW Seattle expensive? ›

University of Washington's tuition is $12,242 for in-state and $40,740 for out-of-state students. Compared with the national average cost of in-state tuition of $11,286, University of Washington is more expensive.

How much does it cost to live on campus in University of Washington? ›

Seattle Undergraduate Students
Budget ItemsLiving with Parents / RelativeLiving on / off campus
Rent, utilities & food$5,196$16,068
Personal & miscellaneous$2,388$2,388
Transportation$714$492
Resident Tuition$12,242$12,242
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In truth, you need close to a 4.0 unweighted GPA to get into Harvard. That means nearly straight As in every class.

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1. Brown University. Founded in 1764, Brown University lays claim to a diverse selection of famous alumni.

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The University of Washington is No. 17 in the world — No. 3 among U.S. public universities — on the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released today.

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Its members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

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