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 53 percent in 2016, 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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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 (2016)

    Enrollment (2015)

    • Total Enrollment: 42,582 (30,958 undergraduates)
    • Gender Breakdown: 49 percent male / 51 percent female
    • 92 percent 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 (2015-16)

      • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 66 percent
      • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
        • Grants: 51 percent
        • Loans: 36 percent
      • Average Amount of Aid
        • Grants: $6,461
        • Loans: $7,582

      Academic Programs

      Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

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

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      University of Wisconsin-Madison Mission Statement

      the complete mission statement can be found at http://www.wisc.edu/about/mission/

      "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."

      Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics