University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706-1380


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Large
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 42,582
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 18:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 8,697 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

University of Wisconsin-Madison is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 32,839 applications and 17,281 students were granted admission. University of Wisconsin-Madison is at the #51 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 87% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 16% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1200 to 1420
ACT27 to 31

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

University of Wisconsin-Madison charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $31,523 and in-state students paid $9,273.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 66% of University of Wisconsin-Madison's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 12% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,217 (which is 4.9% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016-2017, was 2,149, which is 34% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,749 (which is 8.4% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, University of Wisconsin-Madison has enrolled a total of 42,582 students (38,284 students full-time and 4,298 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 42,582 students, 1,093 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 49% men and 51% women and 30,958 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 11,624 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 676 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 70%

Non-resident alien: 13%

Asian: 6%

Hispanic: 5%

Two or more races: 3%

Black/African American: 2%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 11% 891
Social Sciences 9% 748
Health Professions And Related Programs 8% 647 216
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 5% 392
Legal Professions And Studies 4% 308
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4% 304
Mathematics And Statistics 4% 291
Physical Sciences 3% 261
Engineering 3% 252 0
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3% 243

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of University of Wisconsin-Madison full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Campus Location

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