University of Wisconsin-Madison campus

Overview

Applicants
32,887
Acceptance Rate
53%
Average HS GPA
3.84

GPA Breakdown

75%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
6%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines


Early Action
November 1

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17.6:1
Total Faculty
2,843
with Terminal Degree
2,470

1,691
Men
1,152
Women
507
Minority
81
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

Students Say

When it comes right down to it, University of Wisconsin—Madison is the total collegiate package. After all, it offers "unparalleled academics, world renowned research, amazing athletics, [a] beautiful campus [and] friendly student body and staff." All of which help explain why UW—Madison is rife with "school spirit." More importantly, the university develops its undergrads into "forward thinkers and well-rounded individuals who [aim to] make a difference." It also places a strong emphasis on "real-world experience," a facet many students find quite valuable. Of course, the breadth of academic departments at Madison is extraordinary. And these Badgers make a point of noting how "strong" the business and engineering programs are in particular. Undergrads do caution that lectures tend to be "huge." Hence, a number of students advise that you should "really…sit up front and interact with the lesson being taught" if you want most to make the most out of the class. By and large, undergrads give their professors relatively high marks. Though many warn that "they aren't going to hold your hand," it's also quite evident that they "want to see students succeed." One grateful creative writing major agrees adding that "they are all willing to meet, email or chat after class if students have questions." Importantly, the majority of Wisconsin professors are "passionate about the subject matter they teach." And they strive to create "curriculum[s that are] meaningful." Finally, one extremely content psychology succinctly states, "All of my classes have been fascinating and invigorating, as well as challenging."

Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Frank Kaminsky
Professional Basketball Player, Charlotte Hornets

John Morgridge
Chairman, Cisco Systems

Steven Levitan
Executive Producer of "Modern Family"

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$49,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$88,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$50,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$91,400

Percent High Job Meaning
57%

Percent STEM
26%


Students Say

"Madison provides large amounts of FREE resources for their students to use from Resume Writing Services to the Career Fair to the thousands of clubs available for students to join." Also, there are "various internships and organizations to get involved in." Madison "focuses you on the future," and the professors are "not only professors, but active participants in their field." Career Services hosts meet-ups, informal gatherings where students can learn everything from resume and cover letter writing to how to interview well and navigate the job search. There are also "countless opportunities for undergraduate research and internship opportunities" where students can "apply their learning to real life." So it's no wonder that according to PayScale.com, more than fifty percent of alumni find their jobs meaningful. According to the same site, the average starting salary for graduates is $48,500.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 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 $20,580 for a year (including room and board and required fees), and nonresidents are looking at about $42,830. A tuition reciprocity agreement exists between Wisconsin and Minnesota. About 94 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
$10,922

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,943

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,130

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
46%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,831

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,273
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$31,523
Required Fees
$1,215
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,814
Transportation for Commuters
$1,370

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,446
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
31,710
Foreign Countries Represented
102

Demographics

5.79%
Asian
2.13%
African-American
4.96%
Hispanic
74.96%
Caucasian
8.33%
International

51% female
49% male
33% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Students Say

Undergrads at UW—Madison are very eager to sing the praises of their peers. They quickly describe their fellow Badgers as "as passionate and driven" as well as "open minded" and "smart." Moreover, friendliness is definitely a hallmark of the Wisconsin student body. A neurobiology major bolsters this claim chiming in, "Everyone that goes to this school is really [affable]. When you walk down the street to class people smile at you…I've gone into most discussions not knowing anyone and always end the semester with a couple new friends." Fortunately, the "student body is also diverse, so you are bound to find people who have the same interests as you, whether it be sports, music, science or food!" Lastly, as one thrilled student sums up, "There's a sense of pride instilled in every UW—Madison student. I don't know of one person who regrets choosing to go to school here."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
26%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Many Wisconsin undergrads warn that "academics here are really competitive so Sunday through Friday afternoon[s] are usually spent studying and/or working." Fortunately, these Badgers also know how to "let loose," and we're assured that "there is always something fun to do on-campus or off-campus." Indeed, no matter if they're "eating Babcock Dairy ice cream, partying at clubs, sledding on Bascom Hill, going to concerts [or] visiting the free zoo," students "make time for fun." Certainly, they "love to be active" and it's quite common to see undergrads "going for runs or bikes rides when it's nice out." Athletics are quite popular in general and students especially love to support Badger football. One undergrad boasts, "We have one of the best game experiences in the country…You won't find a more friendly place to be as attendees share brats, offer up beers, and join in singing some of our most memorable chants— all before the game even begins." And, certainly, the city of Madison itself "has no shortage of fun." As a marketing major explains, "State Street which connects the campus to the Capitol, is filled with interesting shops, ethnic foods, and plenty of bars. If students are done with class, this is often a great place to walk around and explore."

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
985
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


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
Nancy Hoffman
Interim 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
Contact Admissions Office

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.