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Wisconsin Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

53.8%
Admission Difficulty for University of Wisconsin Madison
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into Wisconsin? The school has a 54% acceptance rate. Last year, 19,153 out of 35,596 applicants were admitted making Wisconsin a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 12 percent. University of Wisconsin Madison typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1340-1490
Applicants Submitting SAT
17%
SAT Scores for University of Wisconsin Madison
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1340
SAT Scores for University of Wisconsin Madison
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1490
Estimated Average SAT 1420
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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Wisconsin Madison?

University of Wisconsin Madison typically requires applicants to be in the top 9 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1340 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1260. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. 17 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Wisconsin Madison admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1490 and Above Good >67%
1415 to 1490 Avg + 54%-67%
1340 to 1415 Avg - 41%-54%
1265 to 1340 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 1265 Low <29%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
27-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
89%
ACT Scores for University of Wisconsin Madison
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for University of Wisconsin Madison
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 31
Estimated Average ACT 29
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Wisconsin?

Admission data indicates that Wisconsin regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 89 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Wisconsin Madison.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Wisconsin Madison admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >67%
29 to 31 Avg + 54%-67%
27 to 29 Avg - 41%-54%
25 to 27 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 25 Low <29%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.84
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of Wisconsin Madison. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Wisconsin Madison was 3.84 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Wisconsin accepts 54% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Wisconsin Madison students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 69% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 10% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Low
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

51% of University of Wisconsin Madison freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Wisconsin Madison students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 51%
Top 25% of class 90%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

University of Wisconsin Madison admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,006 17,590 35,596
Accepted 10,320 8,833 19,153
Acceptance Rate 57% 50% 54%
Enrolled 3,087 3,522 6,609
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 40% 35%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Wisconsin Madison and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of Wisconsin Madison Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Wisconsin Madison
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240444 IPEDS survey data for University of Wisconsin Madison.