University of Wisconsin-Madison Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

University of Wisconsin Madison
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 58%, the University of Wisconsin is one of the country's more selective public universities. Students who get in tend to have unweighted GPAs in the "B+" range or higher as well as above average standardized test scores. Students can apply using the Common Application or the University of Wisconsin System Application. The admissions process is holistic, and the application includes two essays and a letter of recommendation.

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Admissions Data (2015):

University of Wisconsin-Madison Description:

The University of Wisconsin in Madison is the flagship campus of the Wisconsin university system. The waterfront main campus occupies over 900 acres between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. Wisconsin has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and it frequently ranks among the top ten public universities in the country.

It is well respected for the research conducted in its nearly 100 research centers. The school also frequently finds itself high on lists of top party schools. In athletics, most of the Wisconsin Badger teams compete in the NCAA's Division 1-A as a member of the Big Ten Conference. Be sure to compare the Big Ten.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 42,716 (30,991 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,488 (in-state); $32,738 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,446
  • Other Expenses: $3,096
  • Total Cost: $25,230 (in-state); $47,480 (out-of-state)

University of Wisconsin-Madison Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 67%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 51%
    • Loans: 40%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,999
    • Loans: $7,294

Academic Programs:

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 56%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 85%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Rowing, Swimming, Tennis, Wrestling, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Ice Hockey
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Ice Hockey

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Mission Statement:

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"The University of Wisconsin–Madison is the original University of Wisconsin, created at the same time Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848. It received Wisconsin’s land grant and became the state’s land-grant university after Congress adopted the Morrill Act in 1862. It continues to be Wisconsin’s comprehensive teaching and research university with a statewide, national and international mission, offering programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels in a wide range of fields, while engaging in extensive scholarly research, continuing adult education and public service."