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 2020 Average Undergraduate Class Size: 32
2019-20 Annual Student Credit Hours: 1,155,647

Fall 2020 Headcount Enrollment

Undergraduate 31,650

Wisconsin Resident 17,618

Minnesota Reciprocity 2,802

Other Non-Resident 11,230

Graduate 9,311

Special 1,935

Professional 2,644

Total 45,540


New Freshmen (Fall 2020)

Applicants 45,941

Admits 26,289

Enrolled Students 7,306

Admit Rate 57.2%

Yield Rate 27.8%


2018-19 International Study Abroad Participants  2,547


2019-20 Degrees Awarded

Bachelor’s 7,459

Master’s 2,314

Research Doctorate 738

Professional/Clinical Doctorate 602


Average Undergraduate Time to Degree

Elapsed Calendar Years 3.92


Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates

1st-Year Retention Rate 95.2%

4-Year Graduation Rate 71.2%

6-Year Graduation Rate 88.5%


Academic Year 2020-21 Tuition & Fees

Undergraduate Resident $10,742

Ranks 10th among Big Ten publics


Undergraduate Non-Resident $38,640

Ranks 3rd among Big Ten publics


Expected Total Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates in 2019-20

Residents $27,158

Non-Residents $55,574


Fall 2020 Faculty and Staff Head Count

Faculty 2,321

Limited Staff 664

Instructional Academic Staff 2,751

Other Academic Staff 8,061

University Staff 4,428

Post-Degree Training Staff 1,000

Graduate Assistants 5,161

Total 24,398


NSF Research Expenditures (FY 2019)

Total Research Expenditures $1,297.3M

Federally Funded Expenditures $608.9M

Non-Federal Expenditures $688.4M

National Research Expenditure Rank 8th

Big Ten Research Expenditure Rank 2nd


Technology Transfer (Number in FY 2019)

U.S. Patents Issued 182

Licenses and Options Yielding Income 658

Licensing Income $16.4M


UW Foundation (FY 2019)

Total Endowment $3,152.6M

Payments to/for UW-Madison $275.4M


Wisconsin Alumni Association

Total Living Alumni 461,996


Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Total Endowment (FY 2018) $2.8B

Expenditures (FY 2018) $78.5M


2019-21 Budget

State Appropriations $529.5M (15%)

Student Tuition Revenue $695.2M (20%)

Federal Programs $862.0M (25%)

Gifts, Grants, & Seg. Fees $566.0M (17%)

State Laboratory Fees $27.0M (1%)

Auxiliary Enterprises $528.6M (15%)

Operations Receipts $209.2M (6%)

Total $3,417.5M (100%)


Inventory of Land Acres

Main Campus 938

Arboretum 1,262

Experimental farms and stations 5,924

Off-campus properties 1,646

Total 9,770