Chances of getting into University of Wisconsin Madison

University of Wisconsin Madison

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
51.7%
Admission Difficulty for University of Wisconsin Madison
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Wisconsin and can I get accepted? The school has a 52% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in Wisconsin for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 22,104 out of 42,727 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 14 percent. University of Wisconsin Madison typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 31% 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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Wisconsin SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1280-1450
Applicants Submitting SAT
23%
SAT Scores for University of Wisconsin Madison
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1280
SAT Scores for University of Wisconsin Madison
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1450
Average SAT Score 1370

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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 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 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 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Wisconsin for highest average SAT composite score. 23 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Wisconsin Madison admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1450 and Above Good >65%
1365 to 1450 Avg + 52%-65%
1280 to 1365 Avg - 39%-52%
1195 to 1280 Reach 27%-39%
Less than 1195 Low <27%
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Wisconsin ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
84%
ACT Scores for University of Wisconsin Madison
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for University of Wisconsin Madison
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 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 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Wisconsin for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 84 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
32 and Above Good >67%
29 to 32 Avg + 52%-67%
27 to 29 Avg - 41%-52%
25 to 27 Reach 32%-41%
Less than 25 Low <32%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. The school ranks #1 in Wisconsin for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Wisconsin accepts 52% 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 Competitiveness
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 21,433 21,294 42,727
Accepted 11,688 10,416 22,104
Acceptance Rate 55% 49% 52%
Enrolled 3,615 3,247 6,862
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 31% 31%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2020.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

23% of students submit their SAT scores to Wisconsin. 84% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

52% of those who apply are granted admission to Wisconsin. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1280 and 1450. 23% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 32. 84% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.