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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - [UW-MADISON], MADISON, WISCONSIN - ADMISSION

Madison, WisconsinLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1848Established Year
  39282Enrollment

University of Wisconsin 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Hitaishi Bhatia Hitaishi Bhatia
Study Abroad Expert

Fall 2019 admissions at the University of Wisconsin saw an enrollment of 45,317 students. An acceptance rate of 54.4% makes the UW Madison moderately selective while granting admission to the prospective students. However, the competition involved in seeking admission here cannot be overruled as for the Fall session of 2019, more than 43,921 applications were received for only 6,800 seats.

The University of Wisconsin Madison has 13 different schools and colleges offering a number of programs to students in and out of the US. UW Madison is a research-based university and is widely known for offering high-rated undergraduate and graduate programs in the subject areas of Data Science, Business Analytics, Computer Science, and Supply Chain Management.

The university has a diverse and multicultural student body from more than 130 countries. With over 7,000 overseas students, UW Madison continues to be a popular option for pursuing higher study in the US.

Highlights

Application PortalUG: UW System application & Common application
PG: Respective Course page
Application FeeUG: 60 USD
PG: 75 USD
Acceptance Rate54.4%
Mode of PaymentCredit Card/Cheque/Money Order
University of Wisconsin SAT Requirements1359
University of Wisconsin ACT Requirements29
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall and Spring
Interview RequirementsDepends on course requirements
Work ExperienceEssential for MBA aspirants (at least 2 years)
Tuition (Out of state)UG: 37,785
PG: 25,506
Financial AidAvailable for International Students
International AdmissionsUWisconsin

Application Deadline for University of Wisconsin

Application deadlines for different programs at the University of Wisconsin Madison are mentioned below.

Decision TypeApplication DeadlineDecision
Spring Regular DecisionOctober 1December end
Fall Early ActionNovember 1December end
Fall Regular DecisionFebruary 1March end
Graduate ApplicationVaries by course-

University of Wisconsin Madison International Requirements

All international students who wish to study at UW Madison need to meet the necessary requirements as detailed by the university and federal laws. While the academic requirements do not vary much from that of domestic applicants, non-US students must meet the language and financial requirements.

Academic Checklist

  • Academic records and transcripts
  • Academic course requirements(as specified for that program)
  • Essays
  • Official test scores of various standardized exams
  • English language proficiency test scores
  • Recommendations(where specified)
  • International financial information

UW Madison English Language Requirements

Language TestScore Range
TOEFL iBT92
TOEFL PBT580
IELTS7.0

UW Madison Visa Process

Once offered admission, international applicants will require a visa to study in the USA at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Following things need to be provided by international students

  • Sufficient finances must be demonstrated in order to cover their study 
    • A minimum amount of 46,333 USD is required
  • SEVIS fee receipt
  • Copy of the passport 
  • A university Student’s Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

University of Wisconsin Undergraduate Admissions

The University of Wisconsin offers more than 200 courses at the undergraduate level. The total undergraduate enrollment is 32,196. The following things need to be kept in mind before applying for undergraduate courses at UW Madison.

Application Portal: The applications are accepted through the UW System application or the Common Application.

Application Fee: 60 USD

Academic Requirements:

ACT Scores
Average ACT Score32
25th Percentile ACT Score30
75th Percentile ACT Score34
SAT Scores
Average Score1359 (Math: 706; Reading: 653)
25th Percentile SAT Score1280 (Math: 660; Reading: 620)
75th Percentile SAT Score1450 (Math: 760; Reading: 690)

Supporting Documents: One letter of recommendation, self-reported grades, academic performance statements, and course change documentation.

University of Wisconsin Graduate Admissions

At the University of Wisconsin, students get to choose between more than 250 graduate programs. For the Fall session of 2019, over 11,000 students were enrolled in various graduate and professional programs at UW Madison. Some of the basic admission requirements for graduate programs are mentioned below.

Application Portal: Completed applications can be submitted at the graduate application page.

Application Fee: 75 USD

Academic Requirements: The University expects the applicants to have a GPA score greater than 3.0. The majority of the courses don't require GRE scores.

Supporting Documents: Reasons for graduate study, three letters of recommendation, official academic requirements, and English proficiency test scores (international students). In addition to these documents, students applying for MSLA need to submit Design portfolio/research-based writing samples.

UW Madison Popular Courses

The admission requirements for some of the popular courses offered by the University of Wisconsin are mentioned below.

MS in Electrical Engineering

Application DeadlineDecember 15 (Fall)
Application PortalUniversity of Wisconsin Graduate School Admission Portal
Application Fee75 USD
Academic RequirementsAcademic transcripts and GRE Scores
Supporting DocumentsStatement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, resume/CV
Additional Requirements for International StudentsIELTS/TOEFL scores
Course Fee (per semester)6,089USD (Domestic); 12,753USD (International)

MS in Mechanical Engineering

Application DeadlineDecember 15; October 1
Application PortalUniversity of Wisconsin Graduate School Admission Portal
Application Fee75 USD
Academic RequirementsAcademic transcripts and GRE Scores
Supporting DocumentsStatement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, resume/CV, an essay on 'Reasons for Graduate Study' (pdf), three professional letters of recommendation,
Additional Requirements for International StudentsIELTS/TOEFL scores
Course Fee12,009 USD (Domestic); 25,336 USD (International)

MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Application DeadlineFall: December 15; Spring: October 1
Application PortalUniversity of Wisconsin Graduate School Admission Portal
Application Fee75 USD
Academic RequirementsAcademic transcripts; submission of GRE scores is optional
Supporting DocumentsStatement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, resume/CV, three professional letters of recommendation
Additional Requirements for International StudentsIELTS/TOEFL scores
Course Fee1,300 USD/credit (Domestic & International)

MS in Data Science

Application DeadlineMarch 1 (Fall Semester); October 15 (Spring Semester)
Application PortalUniversity of Wisconsin Graduate School Admission Portal
Application Fee75 USD
Academic RequirementsAcademic transcripts; GRE General test scores (GRE subject scores are not required)
Supporting DocumentsStatement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, resume/CV, three letters of recommendation, information about awards/published paper
Additional Requirements for International StudentsIELTS/TOEFL scores
Course Fee47,520 USD

MS in Business Analytics

Application DeadlineRound 1:November 1; Round 2: February 1; Round 3: April 27
Application PortalWisconsin School of Business Application
Application Fee75 USD
Academic RequirementsGMAT/GRE scores
Supporting DocumentsCurrent resume, one letter of recommendation, answer to the essay question
Additional Requirements for International StudentsEnglish language test scores
Course Fee40,059 USD

MS in Computer Science(CS)

Application DeadlineFall: December 15
Application PortalUniversity of Wisconsin Graduate School Admission Portal
Application Fee75 USD
Academic RequirementsGRE score not required
Supporting DocumentsStatement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, resume/CV
Additional Requirements for International StudentsIELTS/TOEFL scores
Course Fee25,336 USD

All the applicants must note that the applications are reviewed holistically. The admission decisions are made based on the course work, essays, standardized academic test scores, performance in extracurricular activities and letter of recommendation received from academic mentors.

Additionally, students are evaluated based on their leadership qualities, social engagements, research work uptaken in past and other special talents.

International students have the option to apply for financial help at UW Madison, however, they can also seek funding from other sources of financial help in the US.

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