University of Wisconsin-Madison

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$9,273

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$15,874

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

1.74%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

52.6%

32,839 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

42,582

89.9% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

84.9%

5,028 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 (549 degrees awarded), General Economics (537 degrees), and General Psychology (343 degrees).

In 2016, 12,338 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Wisconsin-Madison. 52.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (8,824 degrees), 14.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (596 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $9,273, which is $-16,583 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $9,273, which is $-16,583 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,874.

In 2016, 41% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 34% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,273

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison was $9,273. The cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-Madison is $-16,583 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$15,874

2016 Value

1.16%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 University of Wisconsin-Madison had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,874. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of University of Wisconsin-Madison grew by 1.16%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,246

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Wisconsin-Madison was of $9,246 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 3.04% between 2015 and 2016. 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

34%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

41% of undergraduate students at University of Wisconsin-Madison received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 2.38% with respect to 2015, when 42% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.74%

2015 Default Rate

99

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at University of Wisconsin-Madison was 1.74%, which represents 99 out of the 5700 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 32,839 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 17.3% annual growth. Out of those 32,839 applicants, 17,281 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 52.6% acceptance rate.

There were 42,582 students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, and 16% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an overall enrollment yield of 37.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

52.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

17,281

Accepted Out of 32,839

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Wisconsin-Madison was 52.6% (17,281 admissions from 32,839 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 57.6%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 17.3%, while admissions grew by 7.11%.

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SAT Scores

16%

Submission Percentage

1,026

Scores Submitted

16% of enrolled first-time students at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Wisconsin-Madison has a total enrollment of 42,582 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 38,284 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,298. This means that 89.9% 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 69.9% White, 5.58% Asian, 4.81% Hispanic or Latino, 2.91% Two or More Races, 2.25% Black or African American, 0.221% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0892% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (37.8%), followed by White Male (36.2%) and Asian Female (3.16%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (29.7%), followed by White Male (27.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.72%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

89.9%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42,582 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 38,284 and the part-time enrollment is 4,298. This means that 89.9% of students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%

2016 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

    29,775

  2. Asian

    2,374

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2,050

The enrolled student population at University of Wisconsin-Madison is 69.9% White, 5.58% Asian, 4.81% Hispanic or Latino, 2.91% Two or More Races, 2.25% Black or African American, 0.221% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0892% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 444 students (1.04%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 620 more women than men received degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison. The majority of degree recipients at University of Wisconsin-Madison are white (8,824 degrees awarded). There were 14.8 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (596 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-Madison is General Biological Sciences (549 degrees awarded), followed by General Economics (537 degrees) and General Psychology (343 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 Language & Linguistics (486 degrees awarded), Library Science (72 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (157 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 Physicians & surgeons (395,067 people), Miscellaneous managers (159,545 people), Postsecondary teachers (152,529 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (133,105 people), and Other Physical Scientists (72,756 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Language & Linguistics (486 degrees awarded), Library Science (72 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (157 degrees), Agriculture (373 degrees), and Biology (1,362 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 Real estate brokers & sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, Physicians & surgeons, Credit counselors & loan officers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Language & Linguistics (486 degrees awarded), Library Science (72 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (157 degrees), Agriculture (373 degrees), and Biology (1,362 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 Hospitals (467,613 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (304,778 people), Elementary & secondary schools (242,855 people), Offices of physicians (157,432 people), and Scientific research & development services (117,518 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Language & Linguistics (486 degrees awarded), Library Science (72 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (157 degrees), Agriculture (373 degrees), and Biology (1,362 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. 549 degrees awarded

  2. 537 degrees awarded

  3. 343 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-Madison was General Biological Sciences with 549 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 5,859

  2. 6,479

In 2016, 5,859 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is 0.904 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,479).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 452 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-Madison in General Economics, which is 2.32 times more than the 195 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 317 degrees were awarded to women at University of Wisconsin-Madison in General Biological Sciences, which is 1.37 times more than the 232 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

55%

100% Completion Time

84%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 55% 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, 84% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 85% 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 (88.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Wisconsin-Madison is Female and White (88.2% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.259% of graduates (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    8,824 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    596 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    518 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Wisconsin-Madison is white (8,824 degrees awarded). There were 14.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (596 degrees).

1.25% of degree recipients (154 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    4,679 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    4,145 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    302 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Wisconsin-Madison is white female (4,679 degrees awarded). There were 1.13 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (4,145 degrees).

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Operations

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an endowment valued at nearly $3.29B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.75M (0.144%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison had a total expenditure of $2.54B. Of that $2.54B, they spent $1.24B on salaries and $2.54B on benefits.

University of Wisconsin-Madison employs 1,143 Professors, 464 Assistant professors, and 395 Associate professors. Most academics at University of Wisconsin-Madison are Male Professors (776), Female Professors(367), and Male Assistant professors (243).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 2071 employees, Service, with 1144 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 926 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$3.29B

2015 Endowment

4.97%

growth from 2014

University of Wisconsin-Madison has an endowment valued at about $3.29B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Wisconsin-Madison grew 4.97% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.02B 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. $488M - Federal

  2. $48.8M - State

  3. $2.38M - Local

As of 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison received $488M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $48.8M from state grants and contracts, and $2.38M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$1.24B

Salary Expenditure

$2.54B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison had a total expenditure of $2.54B. Of that $2.54B, they spent $1.24B on salaries and $2.54B on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at University of Wisconsin-Madison as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$1.24B

2015 Salaries

4.91%

growth from 2014

In 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison paid a median of $1.24B in salaries, which represents 48.9% of their overall expenditure ($2.54B) and a 4.91% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.61% growth from 2013 and a 1.89% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$236M

Instructional Salaries

2,163

Number of Employees

In 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison paid a total of $236M to 2,163 employees working as instructors, which represents 19% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

1143 Employees

Computer, Engineering, and Science

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

2071 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison were Professor with 1,143 employees; Assistant professor with 464 employees; and Assistant professor with 395 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 2,071 employees; Service with 1,144 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 926 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 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison was Male Professor with 776 employees, Female Professor with 367 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 243 employees.

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

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