University of Wisconsin – Madison: Admission Statistics 2024

When embarking on the college search process, it’s essential to gather accurate and reliable information about prospective universities. One valuable resource for this purpose is the Common Data Set (CDS) but navigating through a college’s Common Data Set can be a time-consuming task. In this blog post, we have compiled the essential information from University of Wisconsin – Madison’s latest admission statistics to allow you to grasp quickly and save time. 

Understanding the Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set is a standardized questionnaire that collects essential information about colleges and universities. It covers a wide range of areas, including admission statistics, enrollment figures, student demographics, financial aid, academic programs, and more. The CDS is collaboratively maintained by higher education institutions and is designed to provide accurate and comparable data for prospective students, parents, and researchers. It simplifies the college search process by providing standardized information in a consistent format, allowing for easier comparison and informed decision-making. 

UW Madison Common Data Set 

Quick facts:

  • Location: 500 Lincoln Drive, Madison
  • State: Wisconsin
  • Institution: Public
  • Undergraduate Institution: Coeducational
  • Academic year calendar: Semester
  • Total Undergraduate Students Enrolled: 37,817
  • SAT and ACT Policies: Optional  
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17.77:1

Factors in Admission Decisions


Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Class Rank
Standardized test scores


Extracurricular Activities
Character/personal qualities
State Residency
First Generation
Geographical Residence
Volunteer work
Work experience

GPA Breakdown

47.8% of enrolled students have a GPA of 4.0 

36.0% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99

12.1% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.50 and 3.74

2.9% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49

0.9% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.00 and 3.24 ‎‏

0.3% of enrolled students have a GPA between 2.50 and 2.99

Admission Facts

  • Application Closing Date: January 16
  • Deferred Admission: Yes (1 year maximum)
  • EA/ED: Yes (Early Action)
  • EA/ED Deadline: November 1
  • EA Plan: Not restrictive

Student Life Information

Student Diversity

Total Undergraduates (Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, including first-year)

  • 3,095 International (nonresidents) students
  • 3,039 Hispanic/Latino students
  • 985 Black or African American, non-Hispanic students
  • 22,932 White, non-Hispanic students
  • 91 American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic students
  • 3,831 Asian, non-Hispanic students
  • 24 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic students 
  • 1,745 students with two or more races, non-Hispanic
  • 1,265 students with race and/or ethnicity unknown


$70 Application Fee

Financial Aid

Total of Need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $170,420,283.00

Total of Non-need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $41,289,621.00

The data presented here was collected from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Common Data Set 2023-2024.

Ready to start?


This 60-minute masterclass is the college admissions playbook you’ve been looking for.
Learn my 4-Part Framework for building a standout application and earning $20,000+ in scholarships!

Related Next Gen Admit Posts