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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a major research university, nationally and internationally renowned for its academic excellence, resources, faculty, commitment to undergraduate education, and dedication to out-of-classroom learning experiences.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the largest and most-respected universities in the United States, with more than 40,000 students and 400,000 living alumni. As the flagship institution of the Wisconsin state university system, UW-Madison has deep connections with its home state, but also a proud tradition of thinking and acting globally. Few institutions anywhere are more widely recognized as leaders in research, teaching, and public service. Often cited as one of the most picturesque university settings in the country, the UW-Madison campus is strikingly cosmopolitan, representing every state in the nation and hundreds of countries. Growing with the times to meet changing needs in education and research has kept UW-Madison great. With an eye to the future, we continue to change, guaranteeing a community and environment where true learning can take place.
The Wisconsin Experience is everything that takes place between your first-year experience and graduation. Rich and engaging in and out-of-classroom experiences combined with creative and energetic students produces graduates who are extraordinary citizens, respected community members and global leaders.
The Wisconsin Experience prepares UW-Madison students to become outstanding leaders who are engaged citizens of their local, national and global communities. The Wisconsin Experience – the notion that we apply learning inside and outside the classroom in ways that make the world a better place – demonstrates that what we do matters. The Wisconsin Experience produces graduates who are creative problem solvers, able to integrate empirical analysis and passion, seek out and create new knowledge and technologies, adapt to new situations, and engage as world citizens. Learn how a Wisconsin Experience could be part of your future and how you can contribute your creativity and energy to create a better world.
|Total Undergraduate Students||30,863|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||72||<1%|
|African American / Black||662||2%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||44||<1%|
|Two or More Races||738||2%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||449||1%|
|Where do UW-Madison undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||30%|
|How old are UW-Madison undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||4%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||26 - 30|
|Math||26 - 31||630 - 750|
|English||26 - 32|
|Critical Reading||530 - 650|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||94%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||100%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||55%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.84|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||89%|
The cost to attend University of Wisconsin - Madison varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||17 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||68%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||80%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||2,925|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||39%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||16%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||86%|
90% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
25% of all undergraduates live on campus
The entire UW-Madison community plays a role in a maintaining a safe environment for our education and research. Resources about many facets of safety -- fire prevention, transportation, weather, physical/mental health care, personal protection, and security of personal belongings -- are regularly provided to all students. Our on-campus University Police department is a national leader in campus safety issues. We strive to build a safety-conscious campus community and to stress the importance of personal responsibility for individual safety to our students.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General.||7%|
|Political Science and Government, General.||7%|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric.||5%|
|Links to degree programs at University of Wisconsin - Madison|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 95%