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UW-Madison dairy science department to hold visit day April 15

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Dairy Science invites prospective students and their parents to visit campus on Wednesday, April 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to explore what the program has to offer.

Attendees of the Dairy Science Spring Visit Day will get a firsthand look at one of the world’s leading dairy science departments as they tour the UW-Madison campus and Dairy Cattle Center, meet faculty, participate in hands-on workshops and learn about the wide variety of learning opportunities available to dairy science majors. Current students and alumni will be on hand to answer questions and share their experiences.

The UW-Madison undergraduate dairy science program emphasizes a combination of cutting-edge, science-based knowledge and hands-on experience. Award-winning research and extension faculty teach more than 20 undergraduate courses covering nutrition, reproduction, mammary physiology, genetics and other aspects of dairy management. On-campus, state-of-the art dairy facilities enhance the learning experience.

Spring of junior year is a good time for high school students to start making campus visits, notes Kent Weigel, professor and chair of the dairy science department. These visits can play a pivotal role in helping students decide where to apply for and ultimately attend college.

“When students come visit us, they are often amazed by the small-school feel of our ag campus and the extra benefits they get by studying at a Big Ten university,” says Weigel. “That, plus our proximity to the heart of the dairy industry, is what makes UW-Madison such a special place for students to attend college.”

For UW-Madison admission eligibility, it is recommended that seniors rank in the top 25 percent of their high school class. Transfer students must have completed at least 24 semester hours of college-level work. Most transfer students have a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

To attend the Dairy Science Spring Visit Day, please register online by April 10 at For more information, contact Cathy Rook at (608) 263-3308, or Ted Halbach at (608) 263-3305,