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Admission Rates for Wisconsinites at UW-Madison

In 2019, UW-Madison admitted 50.3% of all Wisconsin resident applicants. Though lower than usual, the number of Wisconsin students who apply and are admitted in consistently within the 60-75% range. Learn more about our commitment to Wisconsin students.

Admissions Standards at Wisconsin

Admitted students typically rank in the top 12% of their class along with standardized test scores. Although UW-Madison expects high academic performance, admissions officers also consider factors such as extracurricular involvement and other personal characteristics. Overall, UW-Madison’s 2019-2020 admissions rate was 54.4% and the admissions rate for Wisconsin residents was even higher. Read More >>

Wisconsinite Graduation Rates at UW-Madison

For students who entered UW-Madison in fall 2013, the six-year graduation rate was 87.4% overall and 86.4% for Wisconsin residents. Some of the majors offered at Wisconsin, such as engineering, require five years to complete the degree. See pages 21-23 of the 2019-2020 Data Digest for more information.

Wisconsin Residents at UW-Madison

In 2019-2020, out of UW-Madison’s 31,185 undergraduates, 17,503 students (56%) were Wisconsin residents. Another 2,760 students (9%) were from Minnesota as part of reciprocity. A total of 10,922 students were out of state, including international students. Check out more detailed facts on UW-Madison’s 2019-2020 enrollment on page 19 of the 2019-2020 Data Digest.

Tuition and Costs

Tuition at UW-Madison

Tuition and fees are an important part of the overall cost of attending UW–Madison. Tuition for in-state undergraduates enrolled at UW System campuses has been frozen since 2013. Currently, 20% of the UW-Madison overall budget comes from student tuition and fees, second only to Federal funding as a source of university revenue. In 2018-19 budget tuition and fee revenue was $642 million. Learn more at Budget in Brief.

UW-Madison’s tuition compared with other Big 10 universities

Compared with the university’s peers, UW-Madison’s in-state tuition is less than the average. UW–Madison’s total room and board fees, including meal plan, rank second lowest among the 14 schools that make up the Big Ten. UW-Madison’s 2019-2020 tuition was $10,725 for in-state students, $2,350 less expensive than the Big Ten average. Check out a detailed comparison.

The relationship between UW-Madison’s tuition and state budget support

Revenues from the state government totaled about 14% of UW’s overall budget in 2018-2019. Much of the funds from the UW’s other budget sources are earmarked for specific purposes, such as federal research grants or private donations for new facilities. State support and student tuition revenues primarily fund student services and faculty salaries not covered by research grants. Therefore, a decrease in state funding and no increase in tuition will have a negative impact on teaching and student services. Learn more about the UW’s changing budget landscape on page 4 of the Budget in Brief.

Undergraduate financial aid rates at UW-Madison

In total, 58% of undergraduates received some form of financial aid. Out of the 55% of undergraduates who submitted a financial aid application, roughly 33% received need-based aid. These percentages have remained fairly constant over the past ten years. See page 85 of the 2019-2020 Data Digest to learn more about financial aid at UW.

Administrative and facilities costs in UW-Madison’s budget

At UW-Madison, administrative expenses are low and new facility costs are generally covered by donations. UW–Madison’s administrative support costs are only 3.4 percent of total expenses. Administrative support as a percentage of total operating expenses at UW–Madison is fourth lowest among the 13 public institutions in the Big Ten. Facilities Planning and Management, responsible for planning, construction, maintenance and safe operation of all campus buildings, comprised about 8% of UW-Madison’s expenditures. Much of the cost needed to build new facilities, however, is funded through private donations. The $22 million brand new School of Music, for example, was funded entirely by a generous donation from the Hamel family. Learn more about UW-Madison’s budget and expenditures on pages 11 and 16 of the Budget Brief.

Faculty salaries at UW-Madison

Compared with other top 12 public universities, UW-Madison’s faculty salaries are much lower than average. UW-Madison employs 2,266 faculty and an additional 2,166 academic staff and 2,317 graduate student assistants. In 2018-2019, the average full professor salary was $142,571, the second lowest among the top 12 public universities. Excluding UW-Madison, the peer median was $156,070. In order to reach the median, UW would have to increase professor salaries by 9.5%. See a more detailed comparison on page 48 of the 2019-2020 Data Digest.