University of Wisconsin-Madison

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$9,273

0% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$15,910

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

1.31%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

53.8%

35,596 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

42,977

89.7% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

87.2%

5,076 Graduates

About

University of Wisconsin-Madison is a higher education institution located in Dane County, WI. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of Wisconsin-Madison were General Biological Sciences (506 degrees awarded), General Economics (474 degrees), and General Computer & Information Sciences (332 degrees).

In 2017, 12,367 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Wisconsin-Madison. 52.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (8,878 degrees), 14.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (626 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $9,273, which is $-17,227 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $9,273, which is $-17,227 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,910.

In 2017, 41% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 33% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,273

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison was $9,273. The cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $-17,227 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$15,910

2017 Value

0.227%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,910. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of University of Wisconsin-Madison grew by 0.227%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,446

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Wisconsin-Madison was of $10,446 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 13% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

41%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

33%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

41% of undergraduate students at University of Wisconsin-Madison received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 41% 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.

1.31%

2016 Default Rate

69

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at University of Wisconsin-Madison was 1.31%, which represents 69 out of the 5252 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 35,596 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 8.4% annual growth. Out of those 35,596 applicants, 19,153 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 53.8% acceptance rate.

There were 42,977 students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017, and 17% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an overall enrollment yield of 34.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

53.8%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

19,153

Accepted Out of 35,596

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Wisconsin-Madison was 53.8% (19,153 admissions from 35,596 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 52.6%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 8.4%, while admissions grew by 10.8%.

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SAT Scores

17%

Submission Percentage

1,122

Scores Submitted

17% of enrolled first-time students at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Wisconsin-Madison has a total enrollment of 42,977 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 38,568 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,409. This means that 89.7% 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 68.5% White, 5.79% Asian, 5.08% Hispanic or Latino, 2.93% Two or More Races, 2.26% Black or African American, 0.23% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0931% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (37.4%), followed by White Male (34.8%) and Asian Female (3.26%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (30.3%), followed by White Male (26.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.98%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

89.7%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42,977 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 38,568 and the part-time enrollment is 4,409. This means that 89.7% of students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%

2017 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 95%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), 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

  1. White

    29,447

  2. Asian

    2,487

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2,184

The enrolled student population at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 68.5% White, 5.79% Asian, 5.08% Hispanic or Latino, 2.93% Two or More Races, 2.26% Black or African American, 0.23% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0931% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 603 students (1.4%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 577 more women than men received degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison. The majority of degree recipients at University of Wisconsin-Madison are white (8,878 degrees awarded). There were 14.2 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (626 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-Madison is General Biological Sciences (506 degrees awarded), followed by General Economics (474 degrees) and General Computer & Information Sciences (332 degrees).

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 Library Science (95 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (454 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (246 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Elementary & middle school teachers (71,534 people), Other managers (64,386 people), Postsecondary teachers (52,789 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (30,787 people), and Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing (26,809 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Library Science (95 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (454 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (246 degrees), Agriculture (327 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (127 degrees).

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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 Sales managers, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Financial managers, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Library Science (95 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (454 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (246 degrees), Agriculture (327 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (127 degrees).

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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 Elementary & secondary schools (138,039 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (109,179 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (42,900 people), Construction (34,234 people), and Farming (33,363 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Library Science (95 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (454 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (246 degrees), Agriculture (327 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (127 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 506 degrees awarded

  2. 474 degrees awarded

  3. 332 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-Madison was General Biological Sciences with 506 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 5,895

  2. 6,472

In 2017, 5,895 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is 0.911 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,472).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 434 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-Madison in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 6.78 times more than the 64 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 294 degrees were awarded to women at University of Wisconsin-Madison in General Biological Sciences, which is 1.39 times more than the 212 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

56%

100% Completion Time

85%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 56% 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, 85% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 86% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (92.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Wisconsin-Madison is Female and Asian (92.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 0.118% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    8,878 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    626 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    510 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Wisconsin-Madison is white (8,878 degrees awarded). There were 14.2 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (626 degrees).

1.14% of degree recipients (141 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    4,722 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    4,156 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    356 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Wisconsin-Madison is white female (4,722 degrees awarded). There were 1.14 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (4,156 degrees).

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Operations

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an endowment valued at nearly $3.76B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $48M (1.28%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison had a total salary expenditure of $2.82B. University of Wisconsin-Madison employs 1,136 Professors, 468 Assistant professors, and 401 Associate professors. Most academics at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Male Professors (764), Female Professors(372), and Male Assistant professors (244).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 2097 employees, Service, with 1153 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 978 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$3.76B

2017 Endowment

22.9%

growth from 2016

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an endowment valued at about $3.76B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Wisconsin-Madison grew 22.9% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.47B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $500M - Federal

  2. $42.1M - State

  3. $61.7M - Local

As of 2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison received $500M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $42.1M from state grants and contracts, and $61.7M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$1.24B

2017 Salaries

3.13%

growth from 2016

In 2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison paid a median of $1.24B in salaries, which represents 43.8% of their overall expenditure ($2.82B) and a 3.13% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.3% decline from 2015 and a 4.91% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$241M

Instructional Salaries

2,144

Number of Employees

In 2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison paid a total of $241M to 2,144 employees working as instructors, which represents 19.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

1136 Employees

Computer, Engineering, and Science

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

2097 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison were Professor with 1,136 employees; Assistant professor with 468 employees; and Assistant professor with 401 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 2,097 employees; Service with 1,153 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 978 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison was Male Professor with 764 employees, Female Professor with 372 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 244 employees.

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

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