University of Wisconsin-Madison

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,273
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$16,103
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
0.846%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
54.4%
43,896 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
44,257
90.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
87.2%
5,473 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 Economics (587 degrees awarded), General Computer & Information Sciences (485 degrees), and General Psychology (464 degrees).

In 2019, 15,614 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Wisconsin-Madison. 53.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (11,024 degrees), 13.3 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (828 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $9,273, which is $-19,227 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $9,273, which is $-19,227 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,103.

In 2019, 42% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 29% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,273
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison was $9,273. The cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $-19,227 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$16,103
2019 Value
13.6%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 University of Wisconsin-Madison had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,103. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of University of Wisconsin-Madison grew by 13.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,114
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Wisconsin-Madison was of $11,114 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 2.51% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

42%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
29%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

42% of undergraduate students at University of Wisconsin-Madison received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 42% 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.
0.846%
2017 Default Rate
44
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at University of Wisconsin-Madison was 0.846%, which represents 44 out of the 5203 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 43,896 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 2.74% annual growth. Out of those 43,896 applicants, 23,886 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 54.4% acceptance rate.

There were 44,257 students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019, and 28% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an overall enrollment yield of 31.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

54.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
23,886
Accepted Out of 43,896

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Wisconsin-Madison was 54.4% (23,886 admissions from 43,896 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 51.7%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 2.74%, while admissions grew by 8.06%.

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SAT Scores

28%
Submission Percentage
2,081
Scores Submitted

28% of enrolled first-time students at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Wisconsin-Madison has a total enrollment of 44,257 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 39,935 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,322. This means that 90.2% 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 65.1% White, 6.59% Asian, 5.46% Hispanic or Latino, 3.29% Two or More Races, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.224% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0791% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.4%), followed by White Male (31.7%) and Asian Female (3.71%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.8%), followed by White Male (24.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.02%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison, both undergraduate and graduate, is 44,257 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 39,935 and the part-time enrollment is 4,322. This means that 90.2% of students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%
2019 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
    28,823
  2. Asian
    2,916
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    2,418

The enrolled student population at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 65.1% White, 6.59% Asian, 5.46% Hispanic or Latino, 3.29% Two or More Races, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.224% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0791% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 1,080 students (2.44%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 956 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 (11,024 degrees awarded). There were 13.3 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (828 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-Madison is General Economics (587 degrees awarded), followed by General Computer & Information Sciences (485 degrees) and General Psychology (464 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 Cultural & Gender Studies (377 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (484 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (493 degrees).

Workforce

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 Postsecondary teachers (85,479 people), Secondary school teachers (80,431 people), Other managers (75,423 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (65,926 people), and Software developers (62,858 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Cultural & Gender Studies (377 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (484 degrees), Language & Linguistics (493 degrees), Library Science (88 degrees), and Math & Statistics (587 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Cultural & Gender Studies (377 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (484 degrees), Language & Linguistics (493 degrees), Library Science (88 degrees), and Math & Statistics (587 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 (193,649 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (147,830 people), Computer Systems Design (90,120 people), Management, scientific & technical consulting services (45,159 people), and Insurance carriers (43,066 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Cultural & Gender Studies (377 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (484 degrees), Language & Linguistics (493 degrees), Library Science (88 degrees), and Math & Statistics (587 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. 587 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 485 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 464 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-Madison was General Economics with 587 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

7,329
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
8,285
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 7,329 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is 0.885 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (8,285).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 655 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-Madison in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 4.12 times more than the 159 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 365 degrees were awarded to women at University of Wisconsin-Madison in General Psychology, which is 3.02 times more than the 121 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

60%
100% Completion Time
87%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 60% 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, 87% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 88% 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.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (89.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Wisconsin-Madison is Female and White (89.3% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.0914% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    11,024 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    828 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    705 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Wisconsin-Madison is white (11,024 degrees awarded). There were 13.3 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (828 degrees).

1.1% of degree recipients (171 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    5,951 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    5,073 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    447 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Wisconsin-Madison is white female (5,951 degrees awarded). There were 1.17 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (5,073 degrees).

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Operations

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an endowment valued at nearly $4.58B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $61.8M (1.35%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, University of Wisconsin-Madison had a total salary expenditure of $3.09B. University of Wisconsin-Madison employs 1,132 Professors, 494 Assistant professors, and 463 Associate professors. Most academics at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Male Professors (735), Female Professors(397), and Male Associate professors (251).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 2251 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 1356 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 1344 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$4.58B
2019 Endowment
7.92%
growth from 2018

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an endowment valued at about $4.58B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Wisconsin-Madison grew 7.92% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $4.27B 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. $530M - Federal
  2. $53.4M - State
  3. $2.35M - Local

As of 2019, University of Wisconsin-Madison received $530M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $53.4M from state grants and contracts, and $2.35M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$1.36B
2019 Salaries
6.59%
growth from 2018

In 2019, University of Wisconsin-Madison paid a median of $1.36B in salaries, which represents 44.1% of their overall expenditure ($3.09B) and a 6.59% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.18% growth from 2017 and a 3.13% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$271M
Instructional Salaries
2,252
Number of Employees

In 2019, University of Wisconsin-Madison paid a total of $271M to 2,252 employees working as instructors, which represents 19.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
1132 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
2251 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison were Professor with 1,132 employees; Assistant professor with 494 employees; and Assistant professor with 463 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 2,251 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 1,356 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 1,344 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison was Male Professor with 735 employees, Female Professor with 397 employees, and Male Associate professor with 251 employees.

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

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