University Of Wisconsin Madison

University Of Wisconsin Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, also known as UW-Madison, is a public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. It was founded in the year 1848. The university is the flagship institution of the University of Wisconsin System. UW-Madison became a land-grant institution in 1866. The campus is spread across an area of over 900 acres.

University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its associated schools and colleges. The Washington Monthly 2007 rankings placed UW-Madison at the 18th position among all national universities. UW-Madison's sports teams are nicknamed the Badgers. Their official mascot is Bucky Badger. The university participates in the NCAA's Division I-A.

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Contacting University of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison , WI 53706-1380
General Phone: (608) 262-1234

University of Wisconsin Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts2,455Asian studies, Latin American studies, Scandinavian studies, South Asian studies, Southeast Asian studies, area studies, African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, ...
Science1,323biology, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, molecular biochemistry, botany, plant pathology, microbiology, bacteriology, ...
Engineering1,005engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, water resources engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, engineering physics, ...
Business and Management741business, business management, operations management, accounting, finance, international business, MIS, actuarial science, marketing, ...
Family and Social Work484family and consumer science, consumer science communication, merchandising and retailing, consumer economics, family studies, public policy analysis, social work
Media414communication studies, mass communication, journalism
Law401legal studies, law
Education and Teaching395curriculum and instruction, educational administration, social foundations of education, special ed, school counseling, adult education, elementary school teaching, agricultural teaching, art education, ...
Medicine393neuroscience, pre-med, medicine, pharmacy, pharmacy administration, pharmaceutics and drug design, public health, veterinary medicine, veterinary sciences ...
Therapy and Counseling340psychology, educational psychology, physical therapy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine202registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy190nutrition sciences, parks and recreation management, exercise science, occupational therapy, vocational counseling
Art Studies157art studies, arts management
Computer Science and Engineering147computer and info science, computer engineering
Medical Support and Technology137audiology, audiology and speech pathology, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Mathematics132mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Agricultural Science and Management108agricultural management, agricultural economics, agricultural journalism, food science
Conservation and Resource Management87conservation, wetlands management, land use planning, forestry, forest sciences, wildlife management
Religion and Philosophy86philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Real Estate and Construction Management81real estate
Architecture and Planning67urban planning, landscape architecture
Music67music, music history and theory, music performance, musicology
Drama and Performing Arts55dance, drama
Landscaping and Horticulture52agronomy, horticultural science, soil science
Fine Arts50art history and criticism
Animal Science and Care39animal science, dairy science
Design33interior design
Construction Trades27apparel and textile manufacture
Medical Administration25pharmacy courses, community health

Number of programs and degrees for University of Wisconsin in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree6,376128
Master's degree1,910139
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship76198
Doctor's degree - professional practice6465

University of Wisconsin Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Wisconsin had a total enrollment of 41,563 students (36,582 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 73%
Graduate 27%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 3%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 26%
20-21 29%
22-24 19%
25-29 14%
30-34 6%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)4%
New York3%
New Jersey1%

University of Wisconsin Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 93 %
Part-Time 90 %

University of Wisconsin Room and Board (2007)

University of Wisconsin offers campus housing for 8,205 of its 36,582 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Madison, Wisconsin for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Wisconsin Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

University of Wisconsin Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal550670
SAT Math610710
SAT Writing560670
ACT Verbal2531
ACT Math2631
ACT Composite2630

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT28%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT84%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

University of Wisconsin Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,564
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,814
Room and board $ 6,909
Room charge $ 4,411
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,498
Books and supplies $ 990
Other expenses $ 3,510

Financial Aid:
University of Wisconsin participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 389500)

University of Wisconsin Faculty

University of Wisconsin has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track250179
Non-tenured and not on tenure track687464

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year80$113,33029$95,443
Associate professorcalendar year43$84,73332$83,046
Assistant professorcalendar year23$72,50128$80,844
Instructorcalendar year6$74,97110$62,503
Lecturercalendar year4$73,1305$67,711
All faculty totalcalendar year156$96,922104$83,197

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year541$112,883201$98,671
Associate professoracademic year155$87,703107$72,434
Assistant professoracademic year150$75,916151$68,642
Instructoracademic year1*3$47,124
Lectureracademic year28$68,53136$58,420
No academic rankacademic year2*6$32,600
All faculty totalacademic year877$100,450504$80,136

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of Wisconsin Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Ten Conference
Basketball Big Ten Conference
Track Big Ten Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports106171277

University of Wisconsin Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
Agricultural Economics
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Dairy Science

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Forestry, General
Land Use Planning and Management/Development
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Manufacture

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Geological/Geophysical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Systems Engineering
Water Resources Engineering

Family And Social Work
Consumer Economics
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Communication
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Soil Science and Agronomy, General

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
African-American/Black Studies
Area Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Development Economics and International Development
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Hebrew Language and Literature
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Library Science/Librarianship
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Polish Language and Literature
Political Science and Government, General
Portuguese Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
Scandinavian Studies
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Physician Assistant

Medicine (MD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Pharmacy Administration/Policy/Regulatory Affairs (MS, PhD)
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sci, Gen (Cert,MS,PhD)

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Nutrition Sciences
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Conservation Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Genetics, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Human/Medical Genetics
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Oncology and Cancer Biology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Plant Genetics
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Educational Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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