Everyone knows that Wisconsin Athletics are as consistent as successful as any university in the country. Longstanding success in football, basketball, hockey, track and field, volleyball and others are the trademark of Badgers sports.
But what some may not realize, is that Wisconsin’s academics are just as impressive; if not even more. The academic prestige of Wisconsin is a sense of pride throughout the university and state.
Wisconsin University is ranked incredibly high on the Shanghai Ranking System of the world’s universities. A highly-recognized system which measures many academic factors. These factors include: academic standards, recognition of students and faculty (awards, published papers, etc) and the success of the alumni.
We must all remember that college athletes are students first and foremost. So are the students that cram into the stadium. That is why academics are so important to a university. Despite the fact that academics do not get nearly the attention they deserve.
Not only is academic prestige important to the Badgers but also to the Big 10 as a whole. It’s a matter of conference pride and ammunition for bragging rights nationwide. This is the sort of thing you keep in your pocket when arguing with an SEC or Big 12 fan about conference supremacy.
The current unparalleled success in academics is a major draw for the Badgers in recruiting. Although, we’ve also seen instances lately where the high academic standards have kept kids out of Madison. Look at Craig Evans, a 2014 football prospect who was originally committed to Bucky, but opted to go with Michigan State. He did so after not being able to meet UW’s academic standards. Wisconsin keeps its standards fairly high for their athletes as well; a definite example of integrity.
To see where the Big 10 stacks up against the other four power conferences and where the Badgers come in on the world ranking list follow the links below. (check both!)
If you’re a Wisconsin fan and/or a fan of the Big 10, you will like the results on both of these links, trust me.