UniverCity Program Snapshot

UniverCity Year (UCY) connects Wisconsin communities and campus resources to solve local challenges. Our goal is to make better places together.  The program is a three-year, four-step process that puts Wisconsin cities, towns, villages, and counties first. At the same time, students gain high-impact learning experiences. It’s truly the Wisconsin Idea in action.

Watch these videos to learn more about how UCY can support community-identified goals, connect UW-Madison faculty and students to real-world projects, and put the Wisconsin Idea into practice.

To learn more about UniverCity Year, visit our partnership page. View the UCY communities here.

Learn more about what the UniverCity Year (UCY) program can do for communities, students, and faculty in this video.

Make the Wisconsin Idea come to life by partnering with UniverCity Year (UCY) and working with communities across the state.

Read the 2023 UniverCity Year report! 

The 2023 UniverCity Year report showcases six partners: Columbia, Polk, and Outagamie counties, the Town of Germantown, the City of Stoughton, and the Koshkonong Creek Collaborative, which consisted of the City of Sun Prairie, the Towns of Deerfield and Cottage Grove, and the nonprofit Friends of Koshkonong Creek with support from Badger Farms, LLC.

UCY completed 61 community-based projects that engaged 359 students, 28 community project leads, and 54 faculty, instructional staff, and researchers from eight UW-Madison schools and colleges. UCY also partnered with UW-Milwaukee.



To get involved, please contact UniverCity Alliance at UniverCityAlliance@wisc.edu.