UW-Madison Virtual Tour
Library Mall on the UW-Madison campus
UW-Madison Cooper Hall
- Total Enrollment
- Undergraduate Enrollment
- Graduate Enrollment
- Admissions Office Website
- UW-Madison Admissions
- High School Requirements
The high school record should demonstrate both rigor and breadth in the types of coursework pursued. A competitive academic record should show challenging, rigorous coursework, such as AP, honors, or IB courses, in as many areas as possible, while maintaining a strong GPA.
Typical for Admission Credit Preparation (19-22 Total units) Units Subjects 4
Single Foreign Language
Additional Academic/Fine Arts
- Admission Guidelines
We have a holistic, competitive, and selective admission process that first considers the academic record, including rigor of courses such as AP or IB, and overall performance. Essays, standardized test scores, one required letter of recommendation from an academic source, and consistent involvement in activities in or outside of school are also considered.
Profile of Admitted Students Criteria
3.8–4.0 (unweighted academic)
Official ACT or SAT score reports are required and should be sent directly from the testing agency. The writing portions of the ACT and SAT are no longer required.
- Priority Deadline
U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students have the same admission deadlines and notification periods.
Freshman Deadlines and Notifications
Fall Early Action Deadline: Nov. 1
Notification: By the end of January
Fall Regular Decision Deadline: Feb. 1
Notification: By the end of March
Spring Regular Decision Deadline: Oct. 2
Notification: By the end of December
- Statement 1
- Consider something in your daily life you think goes unnoticed and write about why it’s important to you. (maximum 650 words)
- Statement 2
Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, share with us the academic, extracurricular, or research opportunities you would take advantage of as a student. If applicable, provide details of any circumstance that could have had an impact on your academic performance and/or extracurricular involvement. (maximum 650 words). NOTE: These questions are a required part of your application for admission and may be used for campus program and scholarship review. For additional tips, visit admissions.wisc.edu/apply/tips.php
- Accept ACT/SAT Score on Official High School Transcript
- Application Fee
- Letter of Recommendation Required?
UW-Madison offers a variety of majors, minors, certificates, and graduate programs. Learn more about UW-Madison’s academic offerings.
- In-State Tuition and Fees (annual)
- Out-of-State Tuition (annual)
- Minnesota Reciprocity Tuition (annual)
- Campus Scholarship Links
- FAFSA Priority Filing Date
- December 1
Living on Campus
Come for an admissions information session and campus tour, a class visit, or a University Housing tour, but also take time to hear a guest speaker, or visit one of our undergraduate schools and colleges. Some dates are not available due to holidays or special campus events. Some visit programs may fill quickly, so advanced registration is encouraged.
Student Services Links
- Division I
- UW-Madison Athletics