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Colleges / University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate49%

About UW Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, or UW, is a prominent public research university situated on a beautiful lakeside campus in Madison, Wisconsin. UW offers an array of well-regarded undergraduate and graduate programs, a plethora of research opportunities, and a vibrant campus with a thriving arts and culture scene. A typical UW student is active in extracurriculars, passionate about supporting their sports teams–the Badgers–and thrilled to be a UW student. 

The UW community is guided by the “Wisconsin Idea,” or the principle that education should influence peoples' lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. The Wisconsin Idea encourages the community to find ways to use their education to give back locally, nationally, and to the broader world. 

UW is a big school, but first year students looking for a more intimate learning environment have the unique opportunity to participate in a First-Year Interest Group (FIG). FIGs are offered in a variety of different subjects, and bring a small cohort of students together to explore a common theme over three connected courses.

UW athletics are characterized by fierce competition and loyal, spirited fans. The Badgers compete against rivals like Northwestern, Ohio State, and UMich as members of the Big Ten Conference

Did You Know? 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to the world’s first dairy school. The Babcock Hall Dairy Plant has been serving up delicious, creamy ice cream and dairy products on the UW Campus since 1951. Babcock now processes over 2 millions pounds of milk a year, and chocolate milk is its best seller! Some UW students say it’s even a tradition for graduates to have a scoop of ice cream before leaving campus. 

The CC Community on UW-Madison:

"Great college town atmosphere, kids seemed genuinely happy to be there. Facilities are a mix of old and new, but a huge range of very good programs. Madison is just the right size–not too small to be claustrophobic, but not too big to get swept away by city life. Good for a self-motivated kid, but it could also be overwhelming for some."

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University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public, state university in the city of Madison, Wisconsin. UW Madison was founded in 1848. The university enrolls around 49,886 students a year, including 37,230 undergraduates.

UW Madison Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into UW Madison. In 2022, UW Madison accepted 49% of applicants. In 2022, 60,260 students applied to UW Madison and 29,546 were admitted.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 49%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.9
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 18%

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University of Wisconsin-Madison is located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee.

If you are interested in seeing UW Madison for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90/94 to Madison, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Dane County Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Wisconsin-Madison and Madison are like without leaving home.

College Info

161 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive Madison, WI 53706-1380

Campus Setting: Urban

UW Madison Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW Madison is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW Madison is Mar 1.

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UW Madison SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1370 - 1500


Math SAT Range

690 - 780


Reading SAT Range

660 - 730

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Wondering what life at UW Madison is like? There are approximately 49,886 students enrolled at UW Madison, including 37,230 undergraduate students and 12,656 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 54% percent are from WI and 46% percent of students are from other states.


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