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 2021 Average Undergraduate Class Size: 32
2020-21 Annual Student Credit Hours: 1,168,248

Fall 2021 Headcount Enrollment

Undergraduate 33,506

Wisconsin Resident 17,719

Minnesota Reciprocity 3,014

Other Non-Resident 12,773

Graduate 9,772

Special 1,968

Professional 2,686

Total 47,932


New Freshmen (Fall 2021)

Applicants 53,829

Admits 32,466

Enrolled Students 8,465

Admit Rate 60.3%

Yield Rate 26.1%


2019-20 International Study Abroad Participants  1,602


2020-21 Degrees Awarded

Bachelor’s 7,671

Master’s 2,537

Research Doctorate 695

Professional/Clinical Doctorate 760

Average Undergraduate Time to Degree

Elapsed Calendar Years 3.89

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates

1st-Year Retention Rate 95.2%

4-Year Graduation Rate 72.8%

6-Year Graduation Rate 89.2%

Academic Year 2020-21 Tuition & Fees

Undergraduate Resident $10,720

Ranks 10th among Big Ten publics


Undergraduate Non-Resident $38,608

Ranks 4th among Big Ten publics

Expected Total Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates in 2020-21

Residents $27,418

Non-Residents $55,822

Fall 2021 Faculty and Staff Head Count

Faculty 2,294

Limited Staff 666

Instructional Academic Staff 2,644

Other Academic Staff 8,260

University Staff 4,072

Post-Degree Training Staff 909

Graduate Assistants 5,387

Total 24,232

NSF Research Expenditures (FY 2020)

Total Research Expenditures $1,363.9M

Federally Funded Expenditures $632.6M

Non-Federal Expenditures $731.3M

National Research Expenditure Rank 8th

Big Ten Research Expenditure Rank 2nd

Technology Transfer (Number in FY 2021)

U.S. Patents Issued 111

Licenses and Options 704

Licensing Income $18.8M


UW Foundation (FY 2021)

Total Endowment $3,178.6M

Payments to/for UW-Madison $243.9M


Wisconsin Alumni Association

Total Living Alumni 468,181


Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Total Endowment (FY 2018) $2.8B

Expenditures (FY 2018) $78.5M


2020-21 Budget

State Appropriations $536.9M (15%)

Student Tuition Revenue $749.2M (20%)

Federal Programs $892.3M (25%)

Gifts, Grants, & Seg. Fees $676.1M (17%)

State Laboratory Fees $26.9M (1%)

Auxiliary Enterprises $468.8M (15%)

Operations Receipts $256.6M (6%)

Total $3,606.8M (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