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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
University of Wisconsin is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Website
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University of Wisconsin Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
53%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1200-1420
ACT Range
27-31
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$15,874/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,667/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,700/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,445/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,835/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,663/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.186 responses
49%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.193 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.192 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
28,577Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 124 responses
Report
  • Work hard play hard
    66%
  • Smart & sociable
    26%
  • Diligent
    5%
  • Ignorant
    2%
  • Daddy's wealth
    1%
  • Quirky
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.237 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.270 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 131 responses
Report
  • Badger-Pride
    34%
  • Top-Notch
    23%
  • Badgerific
    18%
  • Quality
    7%
  • Unforgettable
    6%
  • Variety
    5%
  • Colorful.
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.127 responses
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University of Wisconsin Reviews

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Madison is such a great place to live as a young person. There is this intellectual energy and so much pride to be a Badger! I cannot say how many times I've woken up early on a Saturday knowing I was heading to the Farmer's Market and Gotham Bagels on the square. There are hip and trendy bars and restaurants, lots of opportunities to see art, the Orpheum and Overture for concerts, Camp Randall for games, Devil's Lake State Park, Picnic Point, malls, the Terrace, etc.

One thing I would want to do would be to create a more welcoming community for racial and socioeconomic diversity within the university and accepting the people who were on the land before us. There is a lot of tension about this on campus. It makes it hard for me to fully enjoy my experience there without feeling some sense of guilt.

I think the school could look into more affordable apartment housing options close to campus.
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I'm only through two years at the UW, but they've been awesome so far! Football season is great, really brings the city together, especially fresh off of an Orange Bowl win. It took some adjusting living away from my family, but I've made some great friends in Madison. I had a great roommate freshman year and have gotten involved in several clubs--cheese club, Badger Cru, Sconnie Sports Talk to name a few. One thing I would look to change is the emphasis that is placed on tests--I know it's unlikely to be changed, I just think it's tough for people, especially those who are bad test-takers, to have one test be 50% of their grade. Other than that, these two years have been great--go Badgers!
Growing up in the state, I worried that I was too close to home and would be unable to make new friends or find new, exciting opportunities if I went to the University of Wisconsin. Boy, was I wrong! The University of Wisconsin has given me the best undergraduate experience I could ever have asked for and I am now the happiest I have ever been. From the diverse, inclusive students and staff on campus, to the fun sporting game days, to the interesting and stimulating classes and extracurricular opportunities, this school truly has it all.