Since 1928, when the doors to Memorial Union opened, the Wisconsin Union has served as the living room of the UW-Madison campus. The Union connects students, faculty, staff, members and visitors through shared cultural, social and recreational events and experiences.
In 1935, the Board of Regents designated the Union as the University’s Division of Social Education. As such, it continues to have responsibility for:
- The social, recreational, and cultural welfare of the student body
- Instructing students in the importance of serving their community
- Utilizing its programs and spaces for out-of-classroom learning
The Union is based on the principle that the University of Wisconsin-Madison experience should involve learning outside of the classroom.
UW students, faculty, staff, Union members and guests eat, meet, learn and relax in the two Union locations daily—Memorial Union on the shore of beautiful Lake Mendota, and Union South in the heart of campus near Camp Randall Stadium.