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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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U-Rah-Rah
generally, use hyphens and initial caps; however, in some design contexts, all caps and/or no hyphens may be more accommodating
U.S.
see United States, U.S.
UK
no periods; see also CMS 8.21
UN
no periods; see also CMS 8.61
under way (adverb); underway (adjective)
open when used as an adverb; hyphenated when used as an adjective.
Union South
see Wisconsin Union
Union Theater
The proper name is the Wisconsin Union Theater; it is not the Memorial Union Theater.
Union, the
see Wisconsin Union
United States (noun); U.S. (adjective and noun);
periods with U.S. is a departure from Chicago style
university
capitalize only as part of a formal title on first reference; always lowercase on second reference
University Book Store, The (UBS)
Although “The” is in its official name, use lowercase roman type for “the”; here Book Store is two words, but normally bookstore is one word.
University Club
initial caps
University Health Services (UHS)
use plural Services
University Housing
not Division of University Housing
University of Wisconsin Foundation
see UW Foundation (UWF)
University of Wisconsin–Madison, the
Use an en dash rather than a hyphen. This is the official name of the UW System branch in Madison. Spell out on first reference in publications that will be read widely off campus. Capitalize The only as a formal title in a formal reference, such as in the headline of a program; generally, though, lowercase the. UW–Madison is acceptable on second reference and in all internal communication; the UW is acceptable on second reference in a context that is clearly UW–Madison; university is also acceptable on second reference. See also CMS 6.46 and 6.81 and University of Wisconsin, the; UW–Madison (no the); and UW, the.
University of Wisconsin, the
Capitalize The only as a formal title in a formal reference, such as in the headline of a program; generally, though, lowercase the; university is acceptable on second reference; see also University of Wisconsin–Madison, the; UW–Madison (no the); and UW, the.
University Ridge golf course
lowercase golf course
University Theatre
not Theater
university-wide
but campuswide, citywide, countywide, nationwide, statewide, systemwide, worldwide
URL
stands for Uniform Resource Locator, an Internet address style for addresses: e.g, http://www.wisc.edu/pubs/ug/index.html, though typically shortened to, e.g., wisc.edu/pubs/ug/index.html; see also website (URL) addresses
UW
UW is acceptable when referring to athletic teams or many health-related departments that do not use UW–Madison as part of their official name (UW Hospital, UW Comprehensive Cancer Center, UW Foundation), or as an abbreviated reference to the University of Wisconsin System as a whole (UW budget; students enrolled at UW institutions). If context is clearly UW–Madison, it is acceptable to use “the UW” on second reference. Do not use UW as a substitute for UW–Madison.
UW athletics
see athletics department
UW Band Alumni Association (UWBAA)
UW Colleges
part of the UW System, this entity comprises 13 two-year campuses statewide.
UW Colleges Online
online courses taught by UW Colleges instructors
UW Department of Athletics
see athletics department
UW Field House
The official name is the Wisconsin (not UW) Field House; do not capitalize the in the Field House or the Wisconsin Field House.
UW Foundation (UWF)
use the Foundation (capitalized) or UWF (never the UWF) in subsequent references
UW Homecoming Parade
but Homecoming parade
UW Libraries
This umbrella title refers to all libraries on this campus.
UW Marching Band, UW Varsity Band
The university’s best-known band is called the UW Marching Band in the fall (when it marches) and the UW Varsity Band in the spring (when it plays indoor concerts); use marching band on second reference when discussing the UW Marching Band.
UW Showcase series
lowercase series
UW System
UW System comprises 13 four-year term universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges campuses and statewide UW-Extension.
UW System Board of Regents
The 17-member panel that oversees the University of Wisconsin System; use UW System Board of Regents on first reference; use regents, board of regents, or board on second reference; see also board of directors, board of regents, board of visitors and regent, regents.
UW Varsity Band
see UW Marching Band, UW Varsity Band
UW–Extension
part of the UW System, UW–Extension offers credit and noncredit educational opportunities throughout the state; use an en dash rather than a hyphen; see also CMS 6.46 and 6.81
UW–Madison
Use an en dash between UW and Madison. Acceptable on second reference for external publications and all references for internal communication for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Do not use the when using UW–Madison (research at UW–Madison, a faculty member at UW–Madison). To prevent confusion with other UW System units, do not use UW as a substitute for UW–Madison, except in cases where the unit is officially named "University of Wisconsin" instead of "University of Wisconsin–Madison" (UW Hospital and Clinics, UW Credit Union, UW Athletics, UW Law School).
UW–Madison (no the)
Use an en dash rather than a hyphen. Acceptable on second reference in external publications and in all internal communication for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Do not use the with UW–Madison: research at UW–Madison. To prevent confusion with other UW System units, do not use the UW as a substitute for UW–Madison, except when the context is clearly UW–Madison or the entity is officially named University of Wisconsin rather than University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW Hospital and Clinics, UW Credit Union). See also CMS 6.46 and 6.81 and University of Wisconsin, the; and UW, the.
UW, the
Acceptable when referring to sports teams; many health-related departments that do not use UW–Madison as part of their official names (UW Health, UW Carbone Cancer Center); or as an abbreviated reference to the University of Wisconsin System (UW budget, students enrolled at UW institutions). If the context is clearly UW–Madison, it is acceptable to use the UW. Other expressions are the University of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and UW–Madison (no the). See also University of Wisconsin, the; UW–Madison (no the); and University of Wisconsin–Madison, the.
UWF’s contact information
1848 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53726-4090; 608-263-4545; toll free 800-443-6162; uwf@supportuw.org; supportuw.org