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University of Wisconsin - Madison Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how University of Wisconsin - Madison ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is University of Wisconsin - Madison Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Wisconsin - Madison was awarded 313 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biological and biomedical sciences.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, UW - Madison is ranked #76 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 39 colleges in Wisconsin, UW - Madison is ranked at #1.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UW - Madison?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to University of Wisconsin - Madison you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 54%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 17% of students accepted to UW - Madison submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 690. Math scores were between 660 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 620 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 660 to 760 )
UW - Madison received ACT scores from 89% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 27 to 31 )

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University of Wisconsin - Madison Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, University of Wisconsin - Madison is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Wisconsin - Madison is 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Wisconsin - Madison

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Wisconsin - Madison has a freshmen retention rate of 95%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  95 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UW - Madison the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 56%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  56 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at UW - Madison

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 31,705 undergraduates at UW - Madison with 29,375 being full-time and 2,330 being part-time.

UW - Madison Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 91.92 out of 100, UW - Madison is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  91.92 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Wisconsin - Madison Cost?

The overall average net price of UW - Madison is $18,219. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UW - Madison

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,445 $7,584 $14,610 $21,693 $24,517

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UW - Madison, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UW - Madison, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $8,260 a year. That adds up to $33,040 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UW - Madison is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UW - Madison Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UW - Madison make about $56,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future UW - Madison graduates since it is 41% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of University of Wisconsin - Madison

University of Wisconsin - Madison is a public institution located in Madison, Wisconsin. The city atmosphere of Madison makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of University of Wisconsin - Madison

Contact details for UW - Madison are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 Lincoln Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1380
Phone: 608-263-2400

University of Wisconsin - Madison Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 125 majors graduated from University of Wisconsin - Madison. Of these students, 8,915 received undergraduate degrees and 3,884 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 587 $46,500
Computer Information Systems 485 $71,500
General Psychology 464 $31,800
General Biology 415 $31,100
Finance & Financial Management 385 $60,900
Political Science & Government 286 $35,100
Communication & Media Studies 282 $32,800
Mathematics 230 $52,000
Marketing 218 $56,300
Nursing 209 $63,300

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Wisconsin - Madison along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UW - Madison

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 7,274 students took at least one online class at University of Wisconsin - Madison. This is an increase from the 6,149 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 7,274 850
2016-2017 6,149 768
2015-2016 5,349 676
2014-2015 5,634 660
2013-2014 4,291 599

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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