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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate60%
Acceptance Rate60%

UW Madison Student Life

UW Madison is on a 936-acre campus in the urban setting of Madison, Wisconsin, not far from Milwaukee.

UW Madison Student Activities

UW Madison has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Interested in Greek life? UW Madison has fraternities and sororities.

UW Madison Housing

This table offers information on housing at UW Madison.

Housing Options Offered? Details
On-Campus Housing Yes
Guaranteed Housing Yes Priortiy given to freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities No
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus –– 26%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing –– 7,476
Number of Students Living On-Campus ––
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus –– 90%

UW Madison offers housing for students. Students are not required to live on campus. First year students are given priority for on-campus housing.

Most UW Madison students live off campus. In 2022, 26% of undergrads at UW Madison lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 90% of students lived off-campus or commuted to UW Madison. There are 7,476 spots available in on-campus housing for all 35,474 undergraduates. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

UW Madison offers coed housing.

UW Madison Athletics

At UW Madison there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at UW Madison:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Crew NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Ice Hockey NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Indoor Track NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Fencing Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Lacrosse Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Racquetball Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rugby Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Sailing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Ultimate Frisbee Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Water Polo Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Cheerleading Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport

Safety at UW Madison

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

University of Wisconsin-Madison is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The UW Madison campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

UW Madison offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to UW Madison

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit UW Madison, take Interstate 90/94 to Madison, WI. If you need to fly, book your flight to Dane County Regional airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Wisconsin you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore UW Madison's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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UW Madison Students

53%

Women

47%

Men

90%

Full Time

10%

Part Time

58%

In State

42%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

66%

10%

8%

7%

4%

3%

2%

0.24%

0.07%

Undergraduate Students

35,474

Graduate Students

12,458

Non-Resident / International Students

3,231

UW Madison Campus Services

Student Services
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Counseling
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

47,932

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

60%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$12,211

Out-of-State

$40,099

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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