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Edgewood College is a community of learners committed to creating an inclusive campus climate that fosters learning, respect, and the search for truth. Guided by our Sinsinawa Dominican heritage and its values of community, partnership, truth, justice, and compassion, we embrace diversity and inclusion and demonstrate our commitment through every aspect of campus life.
As a College community, we stand against acts of discrimination, intolerance, or hate. We expect all community members to assume responsibility for actively understanding and embracing their roles in creating a just and compassionate world. Our Catholic identity calls us to nurture an environment that values human dignity and worth, the pursuit of the common good, and equality for all persons, as reflected in our core values and Catholic Social Teaching principles.
Through study, reflection, and action, we strive to ensure that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is lived daily in practice. Our mission's continued fulfillment is dependent upon Edgewood College is a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning community. We invite and welcome the rich diversity of the world's cultures, perspectives, and experiences to our lifelong learning community.
Our location on the shores of Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin, offers you a variety of academic, cultural, and recreational opportunities. We are blocks away from a vibrant and exciting city that offers music, art, theater, sporting events, museums, many restaurants, and much more.
At Edgewood College, you will have the chance to interact one-on-one with professors in small, intimate classes filled with hands-on learning activities. You'll also be able to engage in meaningful internship opportunities. We also encourage you to become involved on campus in student-led organizations, clubs, athletics, or wherever your interests lead.
Each year we welcome many transfer students to our campus in both the spring and fall semesters. At Edgewood College, we stress the importance of our core values: Truth, Justice, Compassion, Partnership, and Community. We stand by those values as we work with you to make your transition a smooth experience.
Making college affordable is something that every student and family wants, and it's something we want for you, too. We encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for scholarships as soon as possible after being admitted to Edgewood College. 99% of transfer students received financial aid in some form last year- whether that be through scholarships, grants, or loans. All students receive funds to be able to work on campus as well.
We are committed to providing you with a high-quality education at Edgewood College, and part of that commitment is doing our best to make it an affordable option.
Our academic offerings are designed to fulfill the promise that we make in our mission statement: to educate you for a life of ethical leadership, service, and a lifelong search for truth.
Whether your goals include preparing for a new or changing career, getting ready to further your studies, or simply expanding your horizons, you will experience an education that blends the knowledge and skills you need to reach those goals. We also hope to encourage a greater understanding of yourself and the world around you, so you have a clearer sense of how you can contribute to the common good.
As an Edgewood College student, you will have many opportunities to get involved in campus life through clubs and organizations, athletics, and in your academic area. We encourage all students to take advantage of the opportunities available.
The Academic Success and Career Development Center (CDC) is here to help give you the tools you need to be academically successful while exploring and developing your career goals. It is your place to go on campus for academic assistance, advising, and choosing a significant career development. As an incoming freshman, you will be assigned to your Academic and Career Counselor, who will serve as your single point of contact for all academic success and career development needs you may have.
In 1881, Governor Cadwallader C. Washburn gave his Edgewood Villa and 55-acre wooded estate on Lake Wingra to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. They moved St. Regina Academy, located in downtown Madison, to the Edgewood site. After a tragic fire in 1893, they rebuilt the school like Sacred Heart Academy, which was later separated into Edgewood High School and Edgewood Campus School.
In 1927, Edgewood College was founded as a junior college for women with a two-year liberal arts curriculum, housed in the same building as the high school. The senior college developed in 1940, focusing on teachers' preparation, and the first Bachelor of Science degrees in education were awarded in 1942. Marshall Hall, initially built-in 1864, was converted for use as a college residence hall in 1941–42, becoming the first distinctively collegiate building separate from the high school facilities.
Edgewood College's 3,000 students pursue degrees in the arts and sciences, the humanities, business, education, and nursing. As we proudly celebrate our 90th anniversary, Edgewood College continues to grow and prosper, and we remain true to our Dominican Mission as a community of learners "committed to building a just and compassionate world."

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