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Rank: 48

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WIwww.wisc.edu
Unsurprisingly for a school with nearly 42,600 students (31,000 of them undergraduates), opportunities abound at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eclectic arts scene? Check. Grade-A athletics? The Badger faithful go crazy on game days. Charming college town? Affirmative -- have you seen the pictures of people biking along Lake Mendota? Strong Greek community? Got it. Impassioned political activism? The university is steps from the state capitol, where outraged protestors often gather. Delish local cheese? And oh yeah, the academics are top-notch too. Students have more than 4,000 courses and 140 majors to pick from. The business and engineering programs are notably prestigious. During the first year or two, however, class sizes may be massive, with fewer opportunities to for personal interaction with professors. UW-Madison students come from all over the country to attend this esteemed public institution, and 85% of them graduate within six years of matriculating.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$26,300
% of students who get any grants
41%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,000
Average price for low-income students
$7,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
53%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1310/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
33,863
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
77%
% of need met
79%
% of students who get merit* grants
7%
Average merit grant
$4,452
student success
Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$22,300
Average salary within 3 years
$53,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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