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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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$45,699 Avg Cost After Aid
60% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UW - Madison is 0%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UW - Madison.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 84% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UW - Madison makes roughly $70,586 a year. This is 73% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into UW - Madison?

You can apply to UW - Madison online at:

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 Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UW - Madison?

60% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
15% Submit SAT Scores
UW - Madison has an acceptance rate of 60%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 56%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.

Average Test Scores

About 15% 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 640 and 720. Math scores were between 680 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 640 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 680 to 780 )
UW - Madison received ACT scores from 55% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 33. Math scores were between 25 and 31. Composite scores were between 26 and 32.

ACT English Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 24 to 33 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 25 to 31 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 26 to 32 )

Can I Afford University of Wisconsin - Madison?

$45,699 Net Price
27% Take Out Loans
0.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UW - Madison is $45,699. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UW - Madison, approximately 27% of students took out student loans averaging $8,800 a year. That adds up to $35,200 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UW - Madison is 0.2%. 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

32,071 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 34,561 undergraduate students at UW - Madison, with 32,071 being full-time and 2,490 being part-time.


There are also 12,455 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 32,071 full-time undergraduates at UW - Madison, 47% are male and 53% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,699
Black or African American 658
Hispanic or Latino 2,178
White 20,905
International Students 3,247
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,384

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

1,459 Took All Classes Online
12,834 Took At Least One Class Online
588.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 18 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at UW - Madison. In 2020-2021, 12,834 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.


This school is the 7th most popular in Wisconsin for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of UW - Madison

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Wisconsin - Madison was 588.4%. This is the #149 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UW - Madison regardless of major.

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%.


*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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