Students Say

As a “nationally renowned” “top public university” that many call “the best college in the Midwest,” the flagship of the University of Wisconsin system offers a “great school for [a] good price.” UW Madison offers a stunning array of resources: over 5,000 classes, more than 2,000 professors, and a library system that boasts over fourteen million books and other artifacts. Students are encouraged to take advantage of their surroundings in Madison’s ethos that “the whole great state of Wisconsin is at once the laboratory and the responsibility of this flagship campus.”

Overview

Applicants
29,675
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average HS GPA
3.81

GPA Breakdown

69%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 660
SAT Math
620 - 750
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

As a “nationally renowned” “top public university” that many call “the best college in the Midwest,” the flagship of the University of Wisconsin system offers a “great school for [a] good price.” UW Madison offers a stunning array of resources: over 5,000 classes, more than 2,000 professors, and a library system that boasts over fourteen million books and other artifacts. Students are encouraged to take advantage of their surroundings in Madison’s ethos that “the whole great state of Wisconsin is at once the laboratory and the responsibility of this flagship campus.” Students call their professors “the best of the best” in their fields, and love the way they facilitate “very independent learning”: “Madison teaches you to become more competitive and self sufficient in reaching your goals.” Undergraduates reveal that the bureacracy inherent in a large university becomes more manageable over the years. “As a junior (compared to freshman and sophomore year) I have found my classes to be devoted more to discussion as opposed to lecture.” However, the quality of instructors is fairly persistent: “No matter what level the class is the professors are dedicated to helping their students.” Some students report more mixed experiences with faculty, saying “professors range from being the bomb-diggity to the most horrible teacher I have ever had in my life” but nonetheless assert that “the classes are challenging (like 95 percent of the time).” Like any experience, though, what you put in is what you can expect to get out: “If you're willing to put in the work and use your resources you will can achieve any grade you want.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
2,899
with Terminal Degree
2,496

1,753
Men
1,146
Women
467
Minority
87
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%

Majors

Accounting
Actuarial Science
African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
African-American Studies
Agricultural Business and Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Journalism
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Agronomy and Crop Science
Animal Science
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Art Education
Art History
Astrophysics
Atmospheric Science
Biochemistry
Biomedical Engineering
Botany/Plant Biology
Business Administration/Management
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Chinese
Civil Engineering
Classics
Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering
Dance
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
English
Entomology
Finance
Food Science
French
Genetics
Geography
Geological Engineering
Geology
Hebrew
History
Horticulture
Human Development
Industrial Engineering
Interior Design
International Business
International Studies
Italian
Japanese
Jewish Studies
Journalism
Kinesiology
Landscape Architecture
Latin American Studies
Linguistics
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Technology
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Music
Music Education
Nuclear Engineering
Nursing
Operations Management
Philosophy
Physician Assistant
Physics
Plant Pathology
Political Science
Portuguese
Pre-Medicine
Psychology
Real Estate
Recreation Management
Rehabilitation Services
Religious Studies
Russian
Scandinavian Studies
Social Work
Sociology
Soil Science
South Asian Studies
Spanish
Special Education
Statistics
Theatre
Wildlife Management
Women's Studies
Zoology

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Bell Hooks
Author/poet

Gaylord Nelson
Former Senator and Founder of Earth Day

Kevin Henkes
Children's Book Author

Abraham Maslow
Noted Humanist Psychologist

Bud Selig
Commissioner, Major League Baseball

John Morgridge
Chairman, Cisco Systems

Ben Karlin
Executive Producer of "The Daily Show"

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Tuition and room and board varies depending on which state you’re from. Wisconsin residents can expect to pay around $17,627 for a year (including room and board), and nonresidents are looking at about $33,877. A tuition reciprocity agreement exists between Wisconsin and Minnesota. About 80 percent of needy freshman students receive need-based scholarships or grant aid that do not have to be repaid, and additional scholarships, work-study, and federal and campus loans are available.

Bang For Your Buck

No matter whether you’re paying in-state or out-of-state tuition, think of the (reasonable) cost as granting access to a complete jackpot of resources. From intangibles (such as access to some of the state’s brightest minds) to more easily defined benefits (research opportunities and internships galore), students can take their time here and make anything they want of it. Also, a UW grad is a Badger for life, and the alumni connection will serve you well for the rest of yours.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,351

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,390

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,004

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,664

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
47%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,273
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$25,523
Required Fees
$1,130
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“Students don't really have to try to fit in” at Madison, because “there's a niche for everyone.” In fact, “at Madison, the only thing that runs the same through each student is a drive to succeed, a passion to learn, and a love of Bucky!” While the university draws many natives from “some unpronounceable town in Wisconsin” and other homegrown Midwesterners, students “come from both coasts as well as the Midwest,” and the school also attracts “a high number of international students.” Indeed, student comments reflect that many region-local students chose Madison even among other options: “He/She beat out the rest of their high school class through wit and determination to become a Badger. They love football, beer, cheese, and brats.” An attitude of “work hard, play hard” prevails on the “very diverse” campus, where “the typical student is very intelligent, hardworking, but also very social.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
31,319
Out of State
33%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
144

Demographics

51% female
49% male
33% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Let its students put it to you this way: “Madison didn't get its top rank as a party school for our incredible chess matches.” There’s really no getting around the fact that Madison is a “huge party school” where “the weekends are a lavish display of hedonism.” Halloween is a legendary party weekend on campus, and drinking is just “part of Wisconsin’s lifestyle.” Drinking, though, is hardly all there is to do, and “the university offers many substance-free activities and so does the surrounding community.” Whether they’re sober or not, undergrads brag that “Wisconsin students can have fun doing anything.” Because of the region’s Midwestern weather extremes, social life is somewhat impacted by the seasons: “When the weather is nice, it's lovely to just walk along State or Downtown and enjoy the weather, but during the winter, most people stay in and drink.” Many students love to support “Badger Pride” by going “to football games,” but again, there are enough other choices of activities to satisfy any taste: “I go on bike rides in the arboretum, or beer brewing seminars, or play guitar by one of the lakes, or go to protests at the State Capitol building.” Overall, Madison’s students seem happy to be there: “Just about every graduate will tell you UW gave them the best four years of their lives; partying, athletics (participating or watching), useful classes, just about everyone loves [it].”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
92
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
81

Housing Options

Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Cathleen Trueba

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Recent comprehensive psychometric assessment with test analysis and interpretations, educational records e.g. Individual Education Plans, 504 Plans, medical documentation of conditions which may impact learning, e.g. seizures, headaches For more information see http://www.mcburney.wisc.edu/information/documentation/disdocpolicies.php

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Assessment of AD/HD which includes behavioral observations, developmental history, standardized rating scales, clinical interview and collateral interviews and information; documentation of the educational impact of AD/HD e.g.Individual Education Plan, Summary of Performance, 504 plan, current and past psycho-educational or neuropsychological testing; intervention outcomes e.g. medical information, other treatments For more information see :http://www.mcburney.wisc.edu/information/documentation/disdocpolicies.php

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
873
Number of Honor Societies
27

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations

9% join a fraternity
8% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Badgers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Badgers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
79

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
752

Average Number of PC's per Lab
90

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Steve Amundson
Director

Address
Campus and Visitor Relations Admin
Union South, Suite 329, 1308 W. Dayton S
Madison, WI 53715

Phone
608-263-2400

Email
askbucky@uwmad.wisc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Allen Centennial Gardens
Kohl Center
Memorial Union Terrace
Chazen Museum of Art
Babcock Hall Dairy Plant and Store
http://info.wisc.edu/destinations/

Most Popular Places Off Campus
State Capitol
Monona Terrace
Henry Vilas Zoo
State Street
Arboretum
http://www.visitmadison.com

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
All
7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. daily
608-263-2400

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: every day, except during breaks
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
http://www.admissions.wisc.edu/visits/tours.php

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
Commercial lodging on and near campus available only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Dane County Regional Airport (MSN, http://www.msnairport.com/) is approximately 6 miles from campus. Taxis and limousines are available for the ride from airport to campus. Campus buses and the Madison Metro buses provide service throughout the campus and the city. The campus is also served by Greyhound, Van Galder, and Badger bus lines.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From U.S. Rte. 151 and I-90, exit to U.S. Rte. 12/18 West. Take to Park St. (Hwy 14 North, exit 261B), which will take you to campus.
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Key Stats

29,675
Applicants
31,319
Size
51%
Acceptance Rate
1290
SAT Scores

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