Our Mission

The mission of University of Wisconsin–Madison Badger Precollege is to engage, encourage, and guide youth along a path to life readiness. We are proud to offer a variety of academic and recreational programs across the UW–Madison campus.

Youth explore arts and music, language and culture, business, leadership, STEM, sports, college preparation, or a combination of these topics, in programs that range from a single afternoon to multiple weeks. No matter the subject or the duration, UW–Madison Badger Precollege help children look past the possible and reach for the impossible.

Serving All Youth

UW–Madison is committed to achieving equitable outcomes for all youth, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Many precollege programs offer scholarships and other forms of financial assistance. Several precollege programs enroll potential first-generation college students and provide a path to UW–Madison undergraduate enrollment. Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our Commitment to Safety

UW–Madison precollege programs achieve high standards for educational and recreational experiences. We recognize that working with youth is not the same as working with college-aged students. Therefore, our precollege programs follow specific youth protection policies, laws, licensing requirements, and best practices. This ensures that all participants are safe and protected. Find more information on our Program Compliance.