University of Wisconsin-Madison

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison (commonly referred to as UW-Madison and locally as Wisconsin or simply Madison) is a four-year, research university in Madison, Wisconsin that offers an extensive selection of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. UW-Madison is a public university that was founded in 1848 (the same year Wisconsin became a state) and it is the flagship institution of the University of Wisconsin System. It was the first public university established in the State, and with over 42,000 students (29,000 undergraduate, 9,000 graduate and 3,000 professional studies) it is the largest, public, university in Wisconsin. The University’s campus is just over 930 acres.

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs at UW-Madison are offered through one of the University’s 20 academic schools and colleges. The University awards more bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees than most other colleges or universities in the state. In 2010, UW-Madison awarded just over 6,000 bachelor’s degrees and 3,300 professional and graduate degrees. UW-Madison has a faculty of just over 2,000. The University has more faculty members than most colleges in the United States have students. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in over 130 fields of study. Master’s degrees are offered in over 150 fields of study. And doctoral degrees are offered in over 100 fields of study. UW-Madison has one of the most extensive selections of degree programs of any higher education institution in the United States.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) classifies the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a research university with “very high research activity”. In fact, UW-Madison is one of the largest, research institutions in the United States. In 2010, it expended more than 1 billion dollars on research and research related activities–more than almost all other research universities in the nation.

UW-Madison athletic teams compete as the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA’s Division I Big Ten Conference. UW competes in over 25 sports and since 1939 has won national championships in boxing (8), men’s basketball (1), men’s cross country (5), women’s cross country (2), men’s ice hockey (6), women’s ice hockey (4), men’s indoor track & field (1) and men’s soccer (1). Since 1900, UW-Madison’s women’s rowing team has earned 30 national titles. Intercollegiate athletics is a big part of the culture and student life at UW-Madison.

General Information

Admission Office

Armory & Gymnasium

716 Langdon Street

Madison, WI 53706-1481

(608) 262-3961

Fax: (608) 262-7706

onwisconsin@admissions.wisc.edu

Contact: Steve Amundson

Director of Admissions
Main Address

161 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive

Madison, WI 53706

(608) 262-1234

www.wisc.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 30,750

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 5,774

Degree-seeking undergrads: 29,153

Graduate enrollment: 8,710

Setting

Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $44

Online application fee: $44
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 53%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 94%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $7,184 $7,564 $8,310 $8,983 +8.10%
Books and Supplies $930 $990 $1,040 $1,100 +5.77%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,650 $6,909 $7,157 $7,435 +3.88%
Other $3,390 $3,510 $3,680 $3,740 +1.63%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,390 $7,700 $8,040 $8,490 +5.60%
Other $2,680 $2,770 $2,890 $2,940 +1.73%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $18,154 $18,973 $20,187 $21,258 +5.31%
In-state Off Campus $18,184 $19,024 $20,280 $21,513 +6.08%
In-state with Family $8,114 $8,554 $9,350 $10,083 +7.84%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $9,887
In-state Student Fees $1,050
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $24,054
Out-of-state Fees $1,050

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,891 68%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,057 53% $12,673,840 $4,146
• Federal grants 611 11% $3,207,732 $5,250
• Pell grants 576 10% $1,832,905 $3,182
• Other federal grants 582 10% $1,374,827 $2,362
State/local government grant or scholarships 813 14% $2,001,819 $2,462
Institutional grants or scholarships 2,840 49% $7,464,289 $2,628
Student loan aid 2,086 36% $12,216,944 $5,857
• Federal student loans 2,012 35% $9,574,223 $4,759
• Other student loans 292 5% $2,642,721 $9,050

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 8020 1868 1355
Agriculture 194 43 18
Agricultural Business and Management 33
Agricultural Communication/Journalism 48 13
Agricultural Economics 10 3 6
Agro-ecology and Sustainable Agriculture 8
Agronomy and Crop Science 5 1 1
Animal Sciences 26 3 3
Dairy Science 22 5
Food Science 23 6 4
Horticultural Science 17 1
Poultry Science 1
Soil Science and Agronomy 9 4 3
Architecture and Related Services 31 22
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 18
Landscape Architecture 31 4
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 169 33 4
African-American/Black Studies 7 6
Asian Studies/Civilization 39
Latin American and Caribbean Studies 41 13
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies 1
Scandinavian Studies 10 1 1
South Asian Studies 18 5 3
Southeast Asian Studies 4
Women’s Studies 54 3
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 1028 86 142
Biochemistry 142 3 20
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 429
Biometry/Biometrics 1
Biophysics 3
Biotechnology 24
Botany/Plant Biology 13 5 3
Conservation Biology 73
Endocrinology 4
Entomology 5 4 7
Environmental Toxicology 1 6
Genetics 72 7
Human/Medical Genetics 8
Microbiology and Immunology 55 1
Microbiology 39 17 15
Molecular Biochemistry 11
Molecular Biology 30 4 17
Neuroscience 6
Oncology and Cancer Biology 9
Pathology/Experimental Pathology 4
Pharmacology 2 7
Pharmacology and Toxicology 5
Physiology 5
Plant Genetics 7 8
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 3 3
Zoology/Animal Biology 165 6 7
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 991 260 7
Accounting 164 93
Actuarial Science 46 9
Business Administration and Management 104 11
Business/Commerce 42 7
Finance 226 39
Financial Planning and Services 35
Insurance 83 1
International Business/Trade/Commerce 28
Management Information Systems 8
Marketing/Marketing Management 157 31
Operations Management and Supervision 7 5
Real Estate 82 16
Retailing and Retail Operations 51
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 13
Communication and Journalism Programs 519 17 14
Journalism 207 9
Mass Communication/Media Studies 10
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 312 8 4
Computing and Information Sciences 93 58 14
Computer and Information Sciences 93 58 14
Education 164 103 56
Agricultural Teacher Education 1
Art Teacher Education 4 1
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 2
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 14 11
Curriculum and Instruction 27 18
Educational Leadership and Administration 46 18
Elementary Education and Teaching 95
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 12
Music Teacher Education 14 4
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 6 3
Social Studies Teacher Education 6
Special Education and Teaching 31 5 4
Engineering 615 312 101
Agricultural Engineering 17 4 1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 53 24 8
Chemical Engineering 49 2 15
Civil Engineering 84 36 9
Computer Engineering 27
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 60 60 24
Engineering Mechanics 29 1
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 8
Engineering 40
Geological/Geophysical Engineering 5 4
Industrial Engineering 73 48 7
Materials Engineering 19 24 15
Mechanical Engineering 169 52 15
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 5
Nuclear Engineering 17 13 7
Systems Engineering 4
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 262 27 25
Creative Writing 7
English Language and Literature 262 20 25
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 507 62 26
African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7 8 1
Chinese Language and Literature 44 7 2
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 23 1
Comparative Literature 5 4 1
French Language and Literature 91 16 3
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 29 4
Hebrew Language and Literature 13 2 3
Italian Language and Literature 11 2 1
Japanese Language and Literature 24 6 1
Latin Language and Literature 2
Linguistics 11 4
Polish Language and Literature 2
Portuguese Language and Literature 5 1 1
Russian Language and Literature 14
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4 5
Spanish Language and Literature 226 7 4
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 337 207 430
Audiology/Audiologist 10
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 63 22 1
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 21
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 3
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 13 8
Health/Medical Physics 21 14
Medicine 143
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 25
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 1 8
Pharmacy 123
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs 1 2
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 3
Physical Therapy/Therapist 36
Physician Assistant 33
Pre-medicine/Pre-medical Studies 2
Public Health 39
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 179 55 4
Veterinary Medicine 72
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences 10 3
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 39 14 6
History 378 21 19
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology 13 4 2
History 365 17 17
Human Services 90 129 2
Public Policy Analysis 32
Social Work 90 97 2
Legal and Law Studies 6 260
Advanced Legal Research/Studies 6 5
Law 255
Library Science 97 1
Library and Information Science 97 1
Mathematics and Statistics 121 41 32
Applied Mathematics 7
Mathematics 98 24 20
Statistics 16 17 12
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 309 6 8
International/Global Studies 227
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 6 2 3
Nutrition Sciences 76 4 5
Natural Resources and Conservation 24 39 18
Forest Sciences and Biology 5
Forestry 2 9
Land Use Planning and Management/Development 13 9
Natural Resources/Conservation 10
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management 10
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 19 4
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 80 4 1
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 79 4 1
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 1
Physical Sciences 130 67 74
Astronomy 4 5
Astrophysics 7
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 20 12 4
Chemistry 57 24 39
Chemistry, Other 1
Environmental Chemistry 2
Geology and Earth Science 22 15 4
Geophysics and Seismology 1 1
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 2
Physics 23 10 17
Psychology 322 27 20
Educational Psychology 13 8
Psychology 322 14 12
Social Sciences 1216 94 58
Anthropology 80 7 10
Development Economics and International Development 1
Economics 429 31 14
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 9 3
Geography 43 2 1
International Relations and Affairs 18
Political Science and Government 451 18 13
Rural Sociology 9 1
Sociology 195 14 19
Visual and Performing Arts 258 97 20
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 61 3 5
Art/Art Studies 85 41
Dance 8
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 40 8 3
Fine and Studio Arts Management 11
Interior Design 28
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1
Music Performance 15 25 6
Music 21 8 6
Work and Family Studies 182 10 5
Apparel and Textiles 9
Consumer Economics 98
Family and Community Services 8
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 10 5
Human Development and Family Studies 67

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.


Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Agricultural Communications B
Agricultural Economics B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Dairy Science B
Food Science B
Horticulture Science B
Poultry Science B
Soil Science and Agronomy B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Scandinavian Area Studies B
South Asian Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Dance B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fashion Design B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Film Studies B
Interior Design B
Jazz Studies B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Conducting B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Botany B
Conservation Biology B
Entomology B
Genetics B
Microbiology B
Molecular Biology B
Pharmacology/Toxicology B
Plant Pathology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Education

Agricultural Education B
Art Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B

Engineering

Agricultural Engineering B
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Mechanics B
Engineering Physics B
Geological Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Marine Engineering/Naval Architecture B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Nuclear Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Consumer Economics B
Consumer Merchandising B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Human Development/Family Studies B
Human Sciences Communication B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
Germanic Languages B
Greek, Ancient B
Hebrew B
Italian B
Japanese B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Polish B
Portuguese B
Romance Languages B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Nursing (RN) B
Physician Assistant B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling B

History

History – General B
History of Science/Technology B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B

Mathematics

Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences B
Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Forest Sciences/Biology B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Geophysics/Seismology B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Cartography B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.