University of Wisconsin GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

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University of Wisconsin Madison Admissions Standards

University of Wisconsin Madison GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission.
University of Wisconsin Madison GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission. Data Courtesy of Cappex.

The University of Wisconsin Madison is one of the country's top public universities, and the admissions standards are higher than the majority of large public institutions. Almost half of those who apply are rejected each year. The university accepts applications through the Common Application or the UW System Application.

The university says that they typically see unweighted, academic GPAs between 3.8 and 4.0 and a class ranking in the 83rd to the 96th percentile. They require either the ACT or SAT score but don't require the writing portion of either test. They consider the highest composite score for any one sitting. There is no required minimum score. The range of scores varies only slightly from year to year. The typical accepted score for SAT is from 1870 to 2050. The middle 50 percent of the enrolled first-time students in the fall of 2016 had these ranges:

  • SAT Critical Reading: 560 to 660
  • SAT Math: 640 to 760
  • ACT Composite: 27 to 31
  • ACT English: 26 to 32
  • ACT Math: 26 to 31

The university looks at the rigor and breadth of your course work. They say that most admitted students had this amount of coursework in these subjects: Four years of English and math, three to four years of social studies, science, and a single foreign language, and two years of fine arts or an additional academic course. They note that admissions expectations may be different in majors and programs such as business, engineering, dance, and music.

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University of Wisconsin Madison GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph

In the graph above, accepted students are represented by the green and blue dots. You can see that the majority of students who got into Wisconsin had a high school average of B+/A- or higher, an ACT composite score above 24, and a combined SAT score (RW+M) of above about 1150. The chances for admission increase as those grades and test scores go up.

Note that a few students with grades and test scores that were on target for Wisconsin still got rejected or waitlisted. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Wisconsin has holistic . Tadmissionshe admissions officers are evaluating students based on factors other than grades and test scores. A rigorous high school curriculum, winning essay, and interesting extracurricular activities all contribute to a successful application.

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