University of Wisconsin-Madison

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,273
2022 Average Net Price
$13,376
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.289%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
49.1%
60,214 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
48,956
90.4% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
89.2%
5,723 Graduates

About

University of Wisconsin-Madison is a higher education institution located in Dane County, WI. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at University of Wisconsin-Madison were General Computer & Information Sciences (733 degrees awarded), General Economics (546 degrees), and General Psychology (495 degrees).

In 2022, 17,447 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Wisconsin-Madison. 55.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (11,665 degrees), 9.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1,228 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $9,273, which is $−20,877 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $9,273, which is $−20,877 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,376.

In 2022, 48% of undergraduate students attending University of Wisconsin-Madison received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 22% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$9,273
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison was $9,273. The cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $−20,877 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$13,376
2022 Value
0.801%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of Wisconsin-Madison had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,376. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of Wisconsin-Madison grew by 0.801%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,548
Room and Board
$1,150
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Wisconsin-Madison was of $12,548 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 2.85% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,150. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

48%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
22%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

48% of undergraduate students at University of Wisconsin-Madison received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 4% with respect to 2021, when 50% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.289%
2019 Default Rate
15
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of Wisconsin-Madison was 0.289%, which represents 15 out of the 5188 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of Wisconsin-Madison received 60,214 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 12% annual growth. Out of those 60,214 applicants, 29,539 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 49.1% acceptance rate.

There were 48,956 students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2022. 17% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an overall enrollment yield of 29.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

49.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
29,539
Accepted Out of 60,214

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Wisconsin-Madison was 49.1% (29,539 admissions from 60,214 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 60.4%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 12%, while admissions declined by −9%..

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SAT Scores

17%
Submission Percentage (2022)
1,457
Scores Submitted (2022)

17% of enrolled first-time students at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Wisconsin-Madison had a total enrollment of 48,956 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 44,262 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,694. This means that 90.4% of students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Wisconsin-Madison, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59.4% White, 8.64% Asian, 7.24% Hispanic or Latino, 4.12% Two or More Races, 2.49% Black or African American, 0.245% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0633% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (34.9%), followed by White Male (26.9%) and Asian Male (4.94%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (28.6%), followed by White Male (21.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.63%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 48,956 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 44,262 and the part-time enrollment is 4,694. This means that 90.4% of students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

94%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Wisconsin-Madison was 94%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), University of Wisconsin-Madison had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    29,070 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    4,231 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3,543 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 59.4% White, 8.64% Asian, 7.24% Hispanic or Latino, 4.12% Two or More Races, 2.49% Black or African American, 0.245% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0633% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,394 students (2.85%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,889 more women than men received degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Wisconsin-Madison is white (11,665 degrees awarded). There were 9.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1228 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-Madison is General Computer & Information Sciences (733 degrees awarded), followed by General Economics (546 degrees) and General Psychology (495 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Wisconsin-Madison, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (456 degrees awarded), Library Science (84 degrees), and Math & Statistics (596 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Software developers (501,660 people), Physicians (431,980 people), Other managers (424,335 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (354,488 people), and Civil engineers (283,079 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2022 are Language & Linguistics (456 degrees awarded), Library Science (84 degrees), Math & Statistics (596 degrees), Biology (1,578 degrees), and Engineering (1,571 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Language & Linguistics (456 degrees awarded), Library Science (84 degrees), Math & Statistics (596 degrees), Biology (1,578 degrees), and Engineering (1,571 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Computer Systems Design (558,140 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (538,383 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (516,731 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (454,464 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (377,647 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Language & Linguistics (456 degrees awarded), Library Science (84 degrees), Math & Statistics (596 degrees), Biology (1,578 degrees), and Engineering (1,571 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 733 degrees awarded
  2. 546 degrees awarded
  3. 495 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-Madison was General Computer & Information Sciences with 733 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

7,779
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
9,668
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 7,779 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is 0.805 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (9,668).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 855 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-Madison in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 4.13 times more than the 207 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 381 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-Madison in General Psychology, which is 3.34 times more than the 114 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

66%
100% Completion Time
88%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 66% of students graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 88% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 89% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (93.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of Wisconsin-Madison is Female and Asian (93.5% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.21% of graduates (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    11,665 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    1,228 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    965 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Wisconsin-Madison is white (11,665 degrees awarded). There were 9.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1228 degrees).

2.43% of degree recipients (424 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    6,620 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    5,045 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    689 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of Wisconsin-Madison is white female (6,620 degrees awarded). There were 1.31 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (5045 degrees).

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Operations

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an endowment valued at nearly $5B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−1.19%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, University of Wisconsin-Madison had a total salary expenditure of 3.38B. University of Wisconsin-Madison employs 939 Professors, 564 Assistant professors and 367 Instructors. Most academics at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Male Professor (613), Female Professor (326), and Female Assistant professor (300).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1,973 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 1,526 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 1,369 employees.

Endowment

$5B
2022 Endowment
11.8%
decline from 2021

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an endowment valued at about $5B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Wisconsin-Madison declined 11.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $4.62B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $648M - Federal
  2. $72M - State
  3. $1.95M - Local

As of 2022, University of Wisconsin-Madison received $648M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $72M from state grants and contracts, and $1.95M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$1.64B
2022 Salaries
6.53%
growth from 2021

In 2022, University of Wisconsin-Madison paid a median of $1.64B in salaries, which represents 48.7% of their overall expenditure ($3.38B) and a 6.53% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$317M
Instructional Salaries
2,377
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of Wisconsin-Madison paid a total of $317M to 2,377 employees working as instructors, which represents 19.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
939 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1,973 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison were Professor with 939 employees, Assistant professor with 564 employees, and Instructor with 367 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,973 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 1,526 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 1,369 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison was Male Professor with 613 employees, Female Professor with 326 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 300 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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