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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
Wisconsin is a highly rated public university located in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 28,977 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Wisconsin acceptance rate is 54%. Popular majors include Biology, Economics, and Information Science. Graduating 87% of students, Wisconsin alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $45,000.
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI 53706
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About University of Wisconsin...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference

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
54%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1280-1450
ACT Range
27-31
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$15,910/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,733/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
62%

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.207 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.206 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
28,977Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,381
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 138 responses
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  • Work hard play hard
    66%
  • Smart & sociable
    23%
  • Diligent
    4%
  • Ignorant
    2%
  • Stressed
    1%
  • Daddy's wealth
    1%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.251 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.284 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 145 responses
Report
  • Badger-Pride
    34%
  • Top-Notch
    23%
  • Badgerific
    16%
  • Quality
    7%
  • Unforgettable
    6%
  • Variety
    4%
  • Colorful.
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
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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There are so many great things about UW-Madison. There is always something to do on and off campus. UW ensures that there is a place and event for everyone. The education and educators are top noche; I have never loved learning so much. The campus and facilities are amazing and well kept. In their School of Human Ecology, they had design students design their bathrooms, creating a mystical place to go when nature calls! My only complaint is their high tuition cost. As most people know, the cost of education increases every year and it has made it difficult for people to go to college without needing to worry about debt. As an out of state student, my I have to pay full tuition which adds on to the stress of getting an education. Although the university does their best to provide scholarships for people in need to financial aid, I feel as if they lack the scholarships for people who don't come from low income families, but are paying for their education independently.
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The University of Wisconsin is full of new opportunities and resources for every student. The university does a great job of keeping students aware of the opportunities available to them. In the academic area, the professors at the university are kind and extremely helpful. They truly care about their students' success. In addition, the professors work hard to keep their students interested and involved. On campus one aspect that could use improvement are the dorms. Some buildings are old and slightly outdated so students in these older buildings have issues with the functionality of bathrooms and with their dorm rooms not being warm enough, due to being poorly insulated. Student life in Madison exceeds expectations, there are always activities to participate in, both within and outside of the university.
I LOVE the University of Wisconsin! They try their best to cater to the needs of people of different backgrounds (ethnic, racial, socioeconomic). Their professors and TAs are really understanding and want you to succeed in their classes. I am so glad I have been able to spend my last two years at this university and I can't wait to see what is in store in the next two years.