Fast Facts

The Fast Facts publication is a small, pocket-sized brochure providing an overview of facts about the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Fast Facts is intended to be a companion of the annual Data Digest, and contains a selection of facts and statistics from the full digest. The content of the Fast Facts brochure is available below or you can view the one-page PDF here. If you are in need of pamphlets, please Contact Us for assistance.

University Chancellor: Rebecca Blank (

Number of Schools and Colleges: 13
Fall 2018 Average Undergraduate Class Size: 31
2018-19 Annual Student Credit Hours: 1,121,156

Fall 2019 Headcount Enrollment

Undergraduate 31,185

Wisconsin Resident 17,503

Minnesota Reciprocity 2,760

Other Non-Resident 10,922

Graduate 9,299

Special 2,271

Professional 2,562

Total 45,317


New Freshmen (Fall 2019)

Applicants 43,921

Admits 23,887

Enrolled Students 7,550

Admit Rate 54.4%

Yield Rate 31.6%


2017-18 International Study Abroad Participants  2,410


2018-19 Degrees Awarded

Bachelor’s 7,131

Master’s 2,314

Research Doctorate 815

Professional/Clinical Doctorate 653


Average Undergraduate Time to Degree

Elapsed Calendar Years 3.96


Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates

1st-Year Retention Rate 95.2%

4-Year Graduation Rate 69.3%

6-Year Graduation Rate 87.6%


Academic Year 2019-20 Tuition & Fees

Undergraduate Resident $10,725

Ranks 10th among Big Ten publics


Undergraduate Non-Resident $37,785

Ranks 3rd among Big Ten publics


Expected Total Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates in 2019-20

Residents $26,133

Non-Residents $53,193


Fall 2019 Faculty and Staff Head Count

Faculty 2,266

Limited Staff 649

Instructional Academic Staff 2,745

Other Academic Staff 7,728

University Staff 4,477

Post-Degree Training Staff 1,016

Graduate Assistants 5,036

Total 22,917


NSF Research Expenditures (FY 2018)

Total Research Expenditures $1,205.5M

Federally Funded Expenditures $574.1M

Non-Federal Expenditures $631.4M

National Research Expenditure Rank 8th

Big Ten Research Expenditure Rank 2nd


Technology Transfer (Number in FY 2018)

U.S. Patents Issued 158

Licenses and Options Yielding Income 654

Licensing Income $28.6M


UW Foundation (FY 2018)

Total Endowment $2,985.3M

Payments to/for UW-Madison $279.5M


Wisconsin Alumni Association

Total Living Alumni 451,446


Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Total Endowment (FY 2018) $2.8B

Expenditures (FY 2018) $78.5M


2018-19 Budget

State Appropriations $456.9M (14%)

Student Tuition Revenue $642.1M (20%)

Federal Programs $906.3M (28%)

Gifts, Grants, & Seg. Fees $581.8M (18%)

State Laboratory Fees $26.9M (1%)

Auxiliary Enterprises $411.9M (13%)

Operations Receipts $159.4M (5%)

Total $3,185.3M (100%)


Inventory of Land Acres

Main Campus 938

Arboretum 1,262

Experimental farms and stations 5,924

Off-campus properties 1,645

Total 9,769