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University of Wisconsin - Madison Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on University of Wisconsin - Madison? We’ve put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors UW - Madison offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Wisconsin - Madison Ranked?

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2022 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 6,505 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is vocational rehabilitation counseling/counselor.

Overall Quality

UW - Madison landed the #69 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UW - Madison held the #76 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UW - Madison also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Wisconsin ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UW - Madison?

Acceptance Rate

University of Wisconsin - Madison has an acceptance rate of 57%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for UW - Madison.

Average Test Scores

About 27% 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 610 and 690. Math scores were between 650 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 610 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 650 to 770 )
UW - Madison received ACT scores from 78% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Wisconsin - Madison  ( 27 to 32 )

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University of Wisconsin - Madison Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of Wisconsin - Madison is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 61%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  61 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Wisconsin - Madison.

University of Wisconsin - Madison Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 32,688 undergraduates at UW - Madison with 30,063 being full-time and 2,625 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Wisconsin - Madison Cost?

The overall average net price of UW - Madison is $17,708. 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 +
$4,367 $6,860 $13,227 $21,860 $24,574

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UW - Madison, approximately 27% of students took out student loans averaging $8,478 a year. That adds up to $33,912 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UW - Madison is 0.8%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UW - Madison make around $56,200 per year during the early years of their employment. 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 situated 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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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 122 majors graduated from University of Wisconsin - Madison. Of these students, 9,496 received undergraduate degrees and 3,618 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
Computer Information Systems 628 $74,325
Economics 566 $49,772
General Psychology 463 $32,799
Finance & Financial Management 404 $63,228
General Biology 376 $31,205
Political Science & Government 363 $37,808
Mathematics 296 $52,107
Communication & Media Studies 290 $37,028
Journalism 233 $43,851
Nursing 230 $63,749

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 41,428 students took at least one online class at University of Wisconsin - Madison. This is an increase from the 8,064 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 41,428 21,672
2018-2019 8,064 894
2017-2018 7,274 850
2016-2017 6,149 768
2015-2016 5,349 676

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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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