Madison, WI
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
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5 College Junior

Academics: It is easily one of the top schools in the nation.

4 College Junior

Academics: I like it obviously, but it is a difficult course.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Very competitive, with the exception of the math department the professors are extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I just switched my major from chemistry to food science but I am excited to see what the program has to offer.

3 College Junior

Academics: I am unique in that I am a transfer, so i'm sure it is much better for strictly UW-Mad students that have been there since freshman year. I have had a lot of trouble with finding courses that meet my needs, and my advisor is out after having a baby recently with no good replacement available.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 9th
    Best Course Variety
  • 13th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 73rd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 191st
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 200th
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marie Puissant
Green Bay, Wis.
Marketing and English
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Colleges attract students by promising high-quality academics and professional programs, and this is no different for the University of Wisconsin- Madison. With a school like the UW, however, its reputation for academic excellence almost precedes itself. Academically, many agree that one's first few years at UW will take place in large lecture rooms, with little acknowledgement from professors. In these beginning years, it is truly up to the students to stand out in the crowd and seek out professors if they are struggling. As the years pass and students get deeper into their major courses, their relationships with professors will become vital; however, if students find themselves not being able to get the professor's attention, try the class TAs. These instructors are usually graduate students, and understand students' needs first-hand.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is ranked among the top 50 academic institutes in the nation, and many of its departments lead the country in education. Notably, the Business School is ranked third for their risk management program, and Engineering holds the same rank for their nuclear program. More so, UW offers academic programs in a variety of fields. Their liberal arts school is one of the largest in the Midwest, offering everything from creative writing to zoology. At UW, students can work towards their degree with confidence that they are receiving an excellent education.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 39%
  • 50 or More Students: 17%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Letters and Science
  • Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
  • La Follette School of Public Affairs
  • School of Education
  • School of Human Ecology
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • School of Library and Information Studies
  • School of Medicine and Public Health
  • School of Music
  • School of Natural Resources
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Wisconsin School of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 2%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Art Library
  • Chazen Library (art library)
  • Ebling Library (medicine)
  • Helen C. White Library
  • Memorial Library Cages
  • Steenbock Library
  • Student Activity Center (SAC)
  • Wendt Library (engineers)
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. Whether this falls into academics, personal issues, or career choices, UW offers many support systems. Advising counselors are always willing to discuss classes and other school-related issues. UHS also provides services for more personal problems, and of course physical health concerns.
  • Get involved! There are so many organizations and extracurricular activities on campus, it's easy to find one that fits your interests. They are a great way to learn new skills and meet new people. These organizations can be great ways to build a resume or just to relax after a hard week of school.
  • Try to stay organized. Whether it's keeping separate folders for different classes or having files for work, school, or extracurricular activities-staying organized will make keeping deadlines and staying on top of assignments so much easier.
  • UW is academically challenging, so try to stay focused. With all the other opportunities and experiences involved with a college, it is often hard to maintain your grades. If you find yourself faltering academically, try very hard to mend the problem, and fast. Once you are behind it can be quite difficult to catch up again.
Did You Know?
  • Over 121 million dollars of financial aid was awarded last year to undergraduate students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Second only to John Hopkins University, UW receives the most federal aid grants for research purposes.
  • First- and second-year students are eligible to partake in the Undergraduate Research Scholar program. URS allows students to work hand in hand with UW faculty on the latest studies in science, engineering, and humanities.
  • The National Academy of Science recently conducted a study of research-doctorate programs. Their results ranked 16 of UW's programs in the top 10, and 35 in the top 25.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 22% Frank Lloyd Wright - architect
  • 15% Harry Steenbock - professor, discoverer of Vitamin D
  • 13% Charles Lindbergh - groundbreaking aviator
  • 13% Jim Lovell - astronaut, Apollo 13 mission
  • 11% Joan Cusack - actress
  • 11% Anders Holm-Actor
  • 9% David W. Grainger - senior chairman, W.W. Grainger
  • 2% Jane Brody - health columnist, New York Times
  • 2% George Poage - Olympic medalist (1904)
  • 2% Dick Cheney
  • 0% Jerry Bock - co-composer of "Fiddler on the Roof"
  • 0% Gena Rowlands - actress

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 88 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 89 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.


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