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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the main campus of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System. Its founding in 1848 was the result of a Wisconsin constitutional provision, mandating the institution of a state university within the state capital.

Situated over 900 acres, the university is home to eight different schools and colleges, offering more than 5,000 courses as well as Honors programs for outstanding students. At least 2,000 faculty members comprise the UW-Madison schools of Education, Human Ecology, Nursing, Pharmacy, the Wisconsin School of Business as well as the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Letters and Science, and Engineering.

Also distinguished as one of the best universities in the world, UW-Madison is a premier research university; offering various research grants and fellowships to its students. Alongside these is an annual research program called Pathways Scholars, an eight-week long training on research and writing that is funded in full and conducted by UW-Madison each summer for qualified applicants.

Opportunities for attending any of more than a hundred overseas academic programs are also provided. The Study Abroad Resource Center assists students with application processes, finding financial support, and other matters pertinent to studying in foreign countries.

Scholarships, loans, and student employment programs are handled by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Information on available merits and grants as well as current job openings, both in and out of the campus, are provided by this office.

Residential halls at UW-Madison house about 7,000 students each year. A housing listing service is also accessible for students who prefer other housing options such as private residences, apartments or condominiums in nearby areas.

Several museums and theaters are located within campus, providing venues for numerous cultural events and artistic performances. There is tremendous participation in collegiate sports, with the Wisconsin Badgers representing the university in several athletic events such as football, basketball, and ice hockey. Campus security is overseen by the UW Police Department, also located within university grounds.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the students University of Wisconsin - Madison accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to see your chances of getting accepted to UW.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading530 - 670
SAT ® Math620 - 740
SAT ® Writing580 - 670
SAT ® Total Score1730 - 2080

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English26 - 32
ACT ® Math26 - 31
ACT ® Composite Score26 - 30

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UW

We have provided a table below which represents your chances of getting accepted into University of Wisconsin - Madison.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions14,417 (66%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled5,927 (41%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of Wisconsin - Madison is around 42,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 28% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $44 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $9,300-$11,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $26,000-$30,630
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $390-$460 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $1,100-$1,300 per unit

UW operates multiple schools that manage the various programs, curriculums, research facilities, and more. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Medical School (Tuition: $24,000/yr)
  • Pharmacy School (Tuition: $15,000/yr)
  • Veterinary School (Tuition: $18,000/yr)
  • Law School (Tuition: $20,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid67%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships55%$5,312
Receiving Student Loans41%$6,599

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 0.9%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, University of Wisconsin - Madison may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

University of Wisconsin - Madison has a high graduation rate when compared to nearby similar schools.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years52%
Graduating in 5 Years27%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Art and Design Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

UW is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Big Ten Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big Ten Conference)
  • Football (Big Ten Conference)
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B, D, M)
  • Zoology (B, D, M)
  • Microbiology and Immunology (B)
  • Genetics (B, D, M)
  • Microbiology (B, D, M)
  • Conservation Biology (B)
  • Molecular Biology (B, D, M)
  • Biotechnology (M)
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology (B)
  • Oncology and Cancer Biology (D, M)
  • Neuroscience (D, M)
  • Plant Genetics (D, M)
  • Molecular Biochemistry (D)
  • Pathology, Experimental Pathology (D)
  • Pharmacology (D)
  • Botany (B, D, M)
  • Entomology (B, D, M)
  • Physiology (D, M)
  • Environmental Toxicology (D, M)
  • Biophysics (D, M)
  • Biometry, Biometrics (M)
  • Plant Pathology, Phytopathology (B, D, M)
  • Human Genetics (M)
  • Endocrinology (M)

Social Sciences



  • History (B, D, M)
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (B, D, M)

Communications and Journalism

Legal Professions and Studies

English Language and Literature


Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Global Studies (B)
  • Nutrition (B, D, M)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B, D, M)

Business and Marketing Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • French Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Chinese Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (B, M)
  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B, D, M)
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B, D, M)
  • Linguistics (B, M)
  • Hebrew Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Italian Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Russian Language and Literature (B)
  • African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (B, M)
  • Portuguese Language and Literature (B)
  • Comparative Literature (B, M)
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (D, M)
  • Polish Language and Literature (B)
  • Latin Language and Literature

Library Science

  • Library Science, Librarianship (D, M)

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (B, D, M)

Public Administration and Social Services

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies (B)
  • Consumer Economics (B)
  • Family and Community Services (B)
  • Apparel and Textiles (B)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (D, M)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences and Communication (B)


  • Elementary Education (B)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (D, M)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (D, M)
  • Special Education (B, D, M)
  • Guidance Counselor (D, M)
  • Music Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education (B)
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (D, M)
  • Art Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Social Studies Teacher Education (B)
  • Science Teacher Education (B)
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education (D)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (M)
  • Earth Science Teacher Education

Mathematics and Statistics

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry (B, D, M)
  • Physics (B, D, M)
  • Geology (B, D, M)
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (B, D, M)
  • Astronomy (D, M)
  • Astrophysics (B)
  • Environmental Chemistry (D)
  • Geophysics and Seismology (D, M)
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical (D)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

Agriculture Operations

  • Agricultural Communication (B, M)
  • Animal Science (B, D, M)
  • Food Science (B, D, M)
  • Agricultural Business and Management (B)
  • Dairy Science (B, D, M)
  • Horticultural Science (B, D, M)
  • Agronomy and Crop Science (B, M)
  • Agricultural Economics (B, D, M)
  • Soil Science and Agronomy (B, M)
  • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture (M)

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Womens Studies (B, M)
  • Asian Civilization Studies (B)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies (B, M)
  • South Asian Studies (B, D)
  • African-American Studies (B, M)
  • Southeast Asian Studies (M)
  • Scandinavian Studies (B, D)

Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management (B, D, M)
  • Water, Wetlands and Marine Resources Management (M)
  • Land Use Planning and Management or Development (D, M)
  • Environmental and Wildlife Management (M)
  • Forest Sciences and Biology (B)
  • Forestry (D, M)


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