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Academics

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Workload is pretty significant, but if you are willing to put in the time, it is well worth it!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's hard but rewarding. Being challenged is important in a college.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes can be very challenging and a big commitment but I feel like I am receiving the education that I am paying for

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5 College Freshman

Academics: World class academics, the education you receive here will change your life.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Tons of options! I am double majoring and my counselors are great about working together to get me into the courses I need. Some courses are just downright brutal.

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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
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,650
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
487
Total FT Faculty
3,142
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$94,000
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Part-Time Retention Rate
89%
Transfer-Out Rate
12%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
188
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 160 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 89 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 88 responses

  • 41% This was my dream school.
  • 49% This was one of my top choices.
  • 10% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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