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 43,000 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 1740 - 2070, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 26 - 30. We were able to estimate the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) average GPA (3.48 - 3.78) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. UW has an acceptance rate of around 68 percent with 40 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 2015 will be around 67%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for University of Wisconsin-Madison was reported as 67.9% in Fall 2012 with over 23,300 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 SAT Scores: 1740 - 2070
  • UW ACT Scores: 26 - 30
  • UW Average GPA: 3.48 - 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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Wisconsin-Madison has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 59.5%
  • 2009-2010: 66.5%
  • 2010-2011: 66.5%
  • 2011-2012: 68.6%
  • 2012-2013: 67.9%
  • Projected UW Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 67.1%

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

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Wisconsin-Madison is twenty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater84.7%
Marquette University57.5%
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee86.1%
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh81.3%
Northern Illinois University56.1%

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 Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading530 - 650
Math630 - 750
Writing580 - 670
Total Score1740 - 2070
ACT®Score Range
English26 - 32
Math26 - 31
Composite Score26 - 30
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