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Colleges / University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate49%

UW Madison Admissions

University of Wisconsin-Madison is very difficult to get into. The university admitted 49% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 60,260 applications received in 2023, 29,546 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to University of Wisconsin-Madison, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee is $60.

Students who submit their applications to University of Wisconsin-Madison for fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 31.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of University of Wisconsin-Madison's admissions stats.

University of Wisconsin-Madison 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 54%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 18%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 38%
Waitlist Yes

University of Wisconsin-Madison Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 January 31
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 March 31

Considering Applying Early to University of Wisconsin-Madison?

University of Wisconsin-Madison does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. University of Wisconsin-Madison will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31.

Some students apply to college early because they hope it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Wisconsin-Madison Admissions

Transferring to University of Wisconsin-Madison

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Wisconsin-Madison

In 2022, University of Wisconsin-Madison waitlisted 6,449 students and 4,006 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 11 eventually got in.

What Does University of Wisconsin-Madison Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wondering what factors are considered by University of Wisconsin-Madison during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
State Residency Important
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of Wisconsin-Madison for more information on admission factors.

University of Wisconsin-Madison 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to University of Wisconsin-Madison, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with University of Wisconsin-Madison's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript(S) of College Record
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Wisconsin-Madison?

Students admitted to University of Wisconsin-Madison have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 27% submitted a class rank. At University of Wisconsin-Madison 54% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 87% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Wisconsin-Madison, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 48%
3.75 and 3.99 34%
3.50 and 3.74 13%
3.25 and 3.49 4%
3.00 and 3.24 1%
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Wisconsin-Madison directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Wisconsin-Madison has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 18% of University of Wisconsin-Madison's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 38% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Wisconsin-Madison?

To be competitive with other University of Wisconsin-Madison applicants, you should strive to score between 1370 and 1500 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Wisconsin-Madison 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1500 and 25% of scored lower than 1370, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Wisconsin-Madison students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Wisconsin-Madison students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Wisconsin-Madison, you should strive to earn between 28 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Wisconsin-Madison's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Wisconsin-Madison students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

More Information on Transferring to University of Wisconsin-Madison

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Wisconsin-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 University of Wisconsin-Madison during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

University of Wisconsin-Madison Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Wisconsin-Madison?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Does University of Wisconsin-Madison accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Wisconsin-Madison accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Wisconsin-Madison accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does University of Wisconsin-Madison accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Wisconsin-Madison accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Wisconsin-Madison?

❌ No, University of Wisconsin-Madison is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. 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.

What is University of Wisconsin-Madison's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Wisconsin-Madison's acceptance rate is 49%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Wisconsin-Madison?

❌ University of Wisconsin-Madison does not offer early decision.

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UW Madison Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into UW Madison? UW Madison is a very selective institution. The UW Madison acceptance rate is 49%. This means that the institution accepts 49 out of every 100 applicants.


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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UW Madison SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1370 - 1500


Math SAT Range

690 - 780


Reading SAT Range

660 - 730

UW Madison GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UW Madison, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.88. 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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