Fast Facts

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University Chancellor: Rebecca Blank (

Number of Schools and Colleges: 13
Fall 2015 Average Undergraduate Class Size: 30
2015-16 Annual Student Credit Hours: 1,107,152

Fall 2016 Headcount Enrollment

Undergraduate 29,536

Wisconsin Resident 18,038

Minnesota Reciprocity 2,917

Other Non-Resident 8,581

Graduate 9,193

Special 2,174

Professional 2,433

Total 43,336


New Freshmen (Fall 2016)

Applicants 32,887

Admits 17,304

Enrolled Students 6,430

Admit Rate 52.6%

Yield Rate 37.2%

Average ACT Score 28.7


2014-15 International Study Abroad Participants  2,152


2015-16 Degrees Awarded

Bachelor’s 6,896

Master’s 2,170

Research Doctorate 850

Professional/Clinical Doctorate 620


Average Undergraduate Time to Degree

Elapsed Calendar Years 4.07


Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates

1st-Year Retention Rate 95.4%

4-Year Graduation Rate 60.7%

6-Year Graduation Rate 85.2%


Academic Year 2016-17 Tuition & Fees

Undergraduate Resident $10,488

Ranks 7th among Big Ten publics


Undergraduate Non-Resident $32,738

Ranks 4th among Big Ten publics


Expected Total Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates in 2016-17

Residents $25,294

Non-Residents $48,144


Fall 2016 Faculty and Staff Head Count

Faculty 2,154

Limited Staff 541

Instructional Academic Staff 2,439

Other Academic Staff 5,872

University Staff 4,794

Post-Degree Training Staff 960

Graduate Assistants 4,992

Total 21,752


NSF Research Expenditures (FY 2015)

Total Research Expenditures $1,069.1M

Federally Funded Expenditures $559.7M

Non-Federal Expenditures $509.4M

National Research Expenditure Rank 6th

Big Ten Research Expenditure Rank 2nd


Technology Transfer (Number in FY 2015)

U.S. Patents Issued 161

Licenses and Options Yielding Income 587

Licensing Income $40.0M

UW Foundation (FY 2015)

Total Endowment $2,357.1M

Payments to/for UW-Madison $220.6M

Wisconsin Alumni Association

Total Living Alumni 435,196


Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Total Endowment (FY 2016) $2,670.3M

Expenditures (FY 2015) $55.9M


2016-17 Budget

State Appropriations $436.2M (15%)

Student Tuition Revenue $558.7M (19%)

Federal Programs $890.2M (30%)

Gifts, Grants, & Seg. Fees $511.7M (17%)

State Laboratory Fees $28.3M (1%)

Auxiliary Enterprises $394.5M (13%)

Operations Receipts $146.2M (5%)

Total $2,965.8M (100%)


Inventory of Land Acres

Main Campus 936

Arboretum 1,262

Experimental farms and stations 5,842

Off-campus properties 1,607

Total 9,647