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University of Wisconsin - Madison Overview

University of Wisconsin - Madison is a public institution situated in Madison, Wisconsin. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is University of Wisconsin - Madison Known For?

11,452 Undergraduate Awards
$44,513 Avg Cost After Aid
54% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at UW - Madison is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UW - Madison.
  • In 2017-2018, 82% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UW - Madison with a bachelor's degree make about $56,200 a year. That's 38% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison Rankings

We have ranked UW - Madison as #96 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 36 schools in Wisconsin.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UW - Madison has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#41 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UW - Madison.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Soil Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best African Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Agricultural Production Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Pharmacology & Toxicology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Agricultural Public Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UW - Madison has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#30 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#40 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is University of Wisconsin - Madison?

Location of University of Wisconsin - Madison

Contact details for UW - Madison are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 Lincoln Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1380
Phone: 608-263-2400
Website: www.wisc.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UWMadison
Twitter: http://twitter.com/UWMadison

How Do I Get Into UW - Madison?

You can apply to UW - Madison online at: https://www.commonapp.org/

Admission Requirements for UW - Madison

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UW - Madison?

54% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
17% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UW - Madison is 54%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 57%.

Average Test Scores

About 17% of students accepted to UW - Madison submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 690. Math scores were between 660 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 620 to 690 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 660 to 760 )
200
800
UW - Madison received ACT scores from 89% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 26 and 33. Math scores were between 26 and 31. Composite scores were between 27 and 31.

ACT English Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 26 to 33 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 26 to 31 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 27 to 31 )
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36

Can I Afford University of Wisconsin - Madison?

$44,513 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
1.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UW - Madison is $44,513. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UW - Madison, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $8,260 a year. That adds up to $33,040 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UW - Madison is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Wisconsin - Madison Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,375 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 31,705 undergraduate students at UW - Madison, with 29,375 being full-time and 2,330 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UW - Madison

There are also 11,758 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,375 full-time undergraduates at UW - Madison, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UW - Madison

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Wisconsin - Madison students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UW - Madison Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,850
Black or African American 569
Hispanic or Latino 1,543
White 20,506
International Students 3,366
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,541

Geographic Diversity

Wisconsin students aren't the only ones who study at University of Wisconsin - Madison. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 110 countries are represented at UW - Madison. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Wisconsin - Madison

850 Took All Classes Online
7,274 Took At Least One Class Online
9.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at UW - Madison. In 2017-2018, 7,274 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UW - Madison has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 20th most popular in Wisconsin for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UW - Madison

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Wisconsin - Madison was 9.2%. This is the #1,388 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UW - Madison regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UW - Madison majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Biotechnology 19%
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 62%
Health Professions 3%
Nursing 14%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UW - Madison ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UW - Madison.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #31
Nursing #298
Health Professions #493

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Wisconsin - Madison Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Information Systems 105 485 70 133 21 814
Economics 0 587 0 117 30 734
General Psychology 0 464 0 4 18 486
General Biology 67 415 0 0 0 482
Natural Resources Conservation 257 130 5 31 11 434
Finance & Financial Management 0 385 0 26 0 411
Mathematics 115 230 0 31 19 395
Public Health 297 0 5 67 21 390
Communication & Media Studies 0 282 0 13 14 309
Political Science & Government 3 286 0 12 7 308
Romance Languages 60 203 0 17 18 298
Mechanical Engineering 0 179 0 64 26 269
Entrepreneurial Studies 246 0 19 0 0 265
Medicine 0 0 0 0 257 257
Marketing 0 218 0 34 0 252
Nursing 0 209 5 1 34 249
General Business/Commerce 149 0 0 89 9 247
Ethnic Studies 177 40 1 12 0 230
Social Work 0 57 0 166 5 228
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 191 0 3 32 226
Accounting 0 137 0 85 0 222
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 42 0 7 161 210
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 208 0 0 0 0 208
Electrical Engineering 0 106 13 55 32 206
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 190 0 1 13 204
Journalism 0 191 0 9 0 200
Fine & Studio Arts 86 68 1 42 3 200
Human Development & Family Studies 0 187 0 0 0 187
Industrial Engineering 0 129 0 48 7 184
History 0 149 0 14 18 181
General English Literature 0 142 0 22 13 177
Statistics 0 106 0 51 19 176
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 77 0 44 45 166
Biomedical Engineering 0 107 1 46 7 161
Business Administration & Management 0 151 0 6 0 157
Civil Engineering 0 91 0 47 17 155
Law 0 0 0 0 153 153
Area Studies 102 26 1 13 5 147
Real Estate 0 118 0 24 0 142
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 66 46 29 0 141
General Education 138 0 0 0 0 138
Chemical Engineering 0 106 0 1 23 130
Chemistry 0 65 0 18 46 129
Health & Physical Education 8 109 0 8 3 128
Geography & Cartography 0 54 14 52 8 128
Agricultural Economics & Business 51 56 0 12 8 127
Communication Sciences 0 73 7 28 16 124
Genetics 0 88 0 17 14 119
General Sales & Marketing 1 118 0 0 0 119
Criminology 118 0 0 0 0 118
Insurance 0 96 0 6 0 102
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 71 30 101
Physics 22 39 0 16 24 101
International Studies 0 99 0 0 0 99
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 70 0 13 14 97
Computer Engineering 0 96 0 0 0 96
Sociology 0 64 0 15 13 92
Zoology 0 74 0 5 11 90
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 89 0 0 0 89
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 87 1 88
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 84 0 0 0 84
Educational Administration 0 0 1 73 9 83
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 81 81
Agricultural Engineering 0 66 0 8 4 78
Materials Engineering 0 56 0 12 10 78
Germanic Languages 52 15 0 4 6 77
Allied Health Professions 0 20 0 55 0 75
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 52 22 74
Nutrition Science 0 65 0 0 6 71
Animal Science 0 55 0 11 4 70
Anthropology 0 39 0 14 8 61
Engineering Mechanics 0 52 0 4 3 59
Nuclear Engineering 0 22 0 22 15 59
Agricultural Public Services 0 56 0 2 0 58
East Asian Languages 18 24 0 7 8 57
Education Philosophy 26 20 0 3 7 56
Legal Research 0 0 9 41 4 54
Philosophy 0 43 0 3 4 50
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 45 0 2 2 49
General Engineering 10 0 0 39 0 49
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 28 0 11 9 48
Geoscience Engineering 0 39 0 5 0 44
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 23 0 3 15 41
Music 0 10 0 19 12 41
Food Science Technology 3 27 0 5 5 40
Religious Studies 24 13 0 0 0 37
Public Policy 0 0 0 37 0 37
Botany/Plant Biology 0 19 0 4 12 35
Sustainability Science 24 0 10 0 0 34
International Business 0 33 0 0 0 33
Design & Applied Arts 1 31 0 0 0 32
Rural Sociology 0 30 0 0 0 30
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 30 0 0 0 0 30
Science, Technology & Society 17 0 12 0 0 29
Wildlife Management 0 21 0 4 3 28
Systems Engineering 12 0 0 15 0 27
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 17 0 3 7 27
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 12 14 0 26
Liberal Arts General Studies 26 0 0 0 0 26
Drama & Theater Arts 0 23 0 1 1 25
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 11 0 10 3 24
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 23 0 0 0 23
Landscape Architecture 0 16 0 5 0 21
Biotechnology 0 0 0 21 0 21
Plant Sciences 0 15 0 4 1 20
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 1 19 20
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 11 9 20
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 12 0 1 7 20
Gerontology 20 0 0 0 0 20
Special Education 0 11 0 8 0 19
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 19 0 0 0 19
Management Information Systems 0 18 0 0 0 18
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 16 0 0 1 17
Classical & Ancient Studies 17 0 0 0 0 17
Environmental Engineering 16 0 0 0 0 16
Classical Languages & Literature 0 7 0 5 4 16
Applied Mathematics 0 16 0 0 0 16
Forestry 0 13 0 1 2 16
Information Science 0 0 15 0 0 15
Medical Science 0 0 3 8 4 15
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 14 0 14
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 3 9 0 12
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 12 0 0 12
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 10 1 11
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 11 0 0 11
Soil Sciences 0 3 0 5 2 10
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 6 4 10
Archeology 10 0 0 0 0 10
Dance 2 8 0 0 0 10
Agricultural Production 0 0 0 9 0 9
Teaching English or French 9 0 0 0 0 9
Writing Studies 0 0 0 8 0 8
African Languages 0 1 0 5 2 8
Engineering Physics 0 7 0 0 0 7
Other Engineering 6 0 0 0 0 6
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 3 0 1 2 6
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 6 0 6
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 5 0 5
Public Relations & Advertising 3 0 1 0 0 4
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 2 2
Medieval Studies 1 0 0 0 0 1
Other Visual Art 0 0 1 0 0 1
Agricultural Mechanization 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,537 8,915 278 2,338 1,546 15,614

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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