University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW)

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University of Wisconsin-Madison can be found in Madison, WI, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at UW number nearly 45,000 per year, and is one of the biggest universities in the state.

Most of the students that got into UW earned an SAT score within the range of 1300 - 1480, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 27 - 32. We were able to estimate the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) average GPA (3.55 - 3.78) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. UW has an acceptance rate of around 54 percent with 32 percent of applicants choosing to continue on and enroll. When applying historical data, we have projected that the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) acceptance rate 2021 will be around 50%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Wisconsin-Madison was reported as 54.4% in Fall 2020 with over 43,900 applications submitted to UW. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UW ACT Scores: 27 - 32
  • UW Average GPA: 3.55 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Wisconsin-Madison?

Applicant Selectivity: High

UW has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Wisconsin-Madison has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 52.6%
  • 2017-2018: 53.8%
  • 2018-2019: 51.7%
  • 2019-2020: 54.4%
  • Projected UW Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 49.5%

How Does University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for University of Wisconsin-Madison is four percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater78.9%
Marquette University83.0%
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee76.6%
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh76.3%
Northern Illinois University48.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading630 - 700
Math670 - 780
Total Score1300 - 1480
ACT®Score Range
English26 - 34
Math26 - 31
Composite Score27 - 32
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