University of Wisconsin Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
4-year Public university


University of Wisconsin—Madison is a public institution established in 1848 with urban setting located at Madison. It is ranked 46 in National Universities in 2018 edition of Best Colleges. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,555 (2018); out-of-state tuition and fees are $36,805 (2018). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,358. It practices semester-based academic calendar.

#46 in National Univesities
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1848
Selectivity Low
Size Large
31,358 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 $10,555
Outstate Tuition Fee $36,805
Room and Board Fees $11,114
$54,200 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


53% (Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$60 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.85 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 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

$16,644 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$5,265 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $52,275
96% Students with need received Financial Aid
80% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Priority Deadline: December 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Kemper K. Knapp Merit Scholarships
Total Worth Up to $7,500
Eligibility An entering freshman or transfer student
Minimum Criteria High academic merit as demonstrated on the admissions application
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline February 1
National Merit Finalist Scholarship
Total Worth Up to $8,000
Eligibility Entering freshman
Minimum Criteria National Merit Finalist who has selected UW-Madison as their “first choice” institution with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline February 1
William F. Vilas Merit Scholarship
Total Worth Up to $1,600
Eligibility Entering students and seniors
Minimum Criteria Based upon the highest academic achievement as evidenced in their admission application
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline February 1

Other Scholarships

Applied Math, Engineering & Physics (AMEP) Leadership Prize
Total Worth Varies
Details Annual awards will be made to outstanding students pursuing a degree in AMEP. The student must have demonstrated leadership in AMEP, and possess a solid academic record.


31,358 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
95% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
87% Students graduate within 6 years