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Chances of getting into University of Wisconsin Madison

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
57%
Admission Difficulty for University of Wisconsin Madison
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into Wisconsin and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Wisconsin is 57%.  It ranks #2 in Wisconsin for lowest rate of acceptance. Wisconsin is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 26,286 out of 45,915 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 16 percent (SAT 1260/1460 ACT 27/32). University of Wisconsin Madison typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.87. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Wisconsin application fee is $60 and applications are due by Dec 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Wisconsin Madison. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 23% of students submitted SAT scores and 84% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Wisconsin SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1260-1460
Applicants Submitting SAT 
23%
SAT Scores for University of Wisconsin Madison
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1260
SAT Scores for University of Wisconsin Madison
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Average SAT Score 1360

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Wisconsin Madison?

University of Wisconsin Madison typically prefers applicants to be in the top 17 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1260 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 1160. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1360 out of 1600. Wisconsin ranks #1 in Wisconsin and #79 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 23 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Wisconsin Madison admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1460 and Above Good >72%
1360 to 1460 Avg + 57%-72%
1260 to 1360 Avg - 41%-57%
1160 to 1260 Reach 27%-41%
Less than 1160 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 25
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 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 and #133 in the U.S. 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >74%
29 to 32 Avg + 57%-74%
27 to 29 Avg - 44%-57%
25 to 27 Reach 32%-44%
Less than 25 Low <32%
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Wisconsin GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.87
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of Wisconsin Madison?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Wisconsin. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Wisconsin Madison was 3.87 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 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 57% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of Wisconsin Madison students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 43.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 37.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 15.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 4.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.0% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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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 88%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Wisconsin Madison admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 22,886 23,029 45,915
Accepted 13,691 12,595 26,286
Acceptance Rate 60% 55% 57%
Enrolled 3,839 3,467 7,306
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 28% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Dec 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
70

Applicants have 70 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Dec 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Wisconsin Madison is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Wisconsin Madison and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Wisconsin Madison Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
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.

FAQs

Does University of Wisconsin Madison prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into University of Wisconsin Madison?

57% 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.

What SAT score is required for University of Wisconsin Madison?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1260 and 1460. 23% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Wisconsin Madison?

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.