If you are considering submitting an applicationto UW Madison, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee is $60. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.
Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 31.
University of Wisconsin-Madison does not offer early decision but does offer early action.
Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! UW Madison will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
UW Madison is avery difficult school to get into. UW Madison evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, UW Madison **accepted 57% of students, around 26,289 of the 45,941 students who applied.
Schools that are very difficult to get into, like UW Madison, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, UW Madison waitlisted 8,913 students. Of those, 5085 eventually got in.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.
|Alumni/ae Relations||Not Considered|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
To apply, all applicants to UW Madison must submit the following items. Double check with UW Madison's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||2|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to UW Madison have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.
Out of all students that were admitted, 33% submitted a class rank. At UW Madison 51% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 88% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At University of Wisconsin-Madison, students GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||37%|
|3.50 and 3.74||15%|
|3.25 and 3.49||4%|
|3.00 and 3.24||1%|
|2.50 and 2.9||0%|
|2.00 and 2.49||0%|
|UW Madison does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.|
UW Madison is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 27% of UW Madison's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 78% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other UW Madison applicants, you should strive to earn between 1300 and 1440 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UW Madison 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1440 and 25% of scored lower than 1300, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UW Madison students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UW Madison students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.
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To be most competitive at UW Madison, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UW Madison's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.
A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UW Madison students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.
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For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UW Madison.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by April 30.
Transfer students can enroll in UW Madison during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to UW Madison?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UW Madison.
Does UW Madison accept transfer credits?
UW Madison accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UW Madison accepts:
Does UW Madison accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
UW Madison accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to UW Madison?
No, UW Madison is test optional, so you can decide whether to submit your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..
How hard is it to get into UW Madison? UW Madison is a very selective institution. The UW Madison acceptance rate is 57%. This means that the institution accepts 57 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW Madison is Feb 1.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW Madison is Mar 1.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At UW Madison, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.87. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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