University of Wisconsin-Madison Admissions

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

University of Wisconsin Madison
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With an acceptance rate of 54 percent in 2017, 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. Calculate your chances of getting in with Cappex's free tool.

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 10 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.

Admissions Data (2017)

  • UW - Madison Acceptance Rate: 54 percent
  • UW-Madison GPA and Test Score Graph
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 620 / 690
    • SAT Math: 660 / 760
    • ACT Composite: 27 / 31
    • ACT English: 26 / 33
    • ACT Math: 26 / 31

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 42,977 (31,358 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49 percent male / 51 percent female
  • 92 percent Full-time

Costs (2017-18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,533 (in-state); $34,783 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,842
  • Other Expenses: $3,060
  • Total Cost: $25,635 (in-state); $49,885 (out-of-state)

University of Wisconsin-Madison Financial Aid (2016-17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 62 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 48 percent
    • Loans: 36 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,733
    • Loans: $7,813

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Communication Studies, Economics, English, History, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology
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Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 60 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 87 percent

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 Education Statistics