University of Wisconsin Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
4-year Public university


University of Wisconsin—Madison is a public institution established in 1848 with an urban setting located in Madison. It is ranked 35 in National Universities in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,205 (2024). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 37,230. It practices a semester-based academic calendar.

#35 in National Univesities
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1848
Selectivity Moderate
Size Large
37,230 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences
  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • History
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $11,205
Outstate Tuition Fee $40,603
Room and Board Fees $13,500
$50,967 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


49% (Moderate Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$60 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.8 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

80 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English was the language of instruction for all courses in all years of secondary school

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$21,815 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$19,406 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $56,625
31% Students with need received Financial Aid
51.3% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Priority Deadline: December 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

King-Morgridge Scholars Program
Total Worth tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, health insurance, airfare, and a stipend for miscellaneous expenses
Eligibility --
Minimum Criteria High academic merit as demonstrated on the admissions application
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline December 1
Western Union Scholarship
Total Worth $1,000 for one time
Eligibility 1) Require an F-1 or J-1 visa to study at the university
2) Be a citizen of an underrepresented country
3) Seeking first undergraduate degree, applying as a first-year
4) Admitted for Fall term
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline February 1

Other Scholarships

Not Available


37,230 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
95% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
72% Students graduate within 6 years