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Wisconsin Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Wisconsin? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 16,134 out of 28,007 applicants or 58% were admitted making Wisconsin a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. University of Wisconsin Madison typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 39% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 14,151 13,856 28,007
Accepted 8,670 7,464 16,134
Acceptance Rate 61% 54% 58%
Enrolled 3,237 3,032 6,269
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 37% 41% 39%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Wisconsin Madison and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Wisconsin regularly accepts students with ACTs of 27 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 87 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Wisconsin Madison.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1170. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. 19 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1270 1470
SAT Reading 630 710
SAT Math 650 770
ACT Composite 27 31
ACT English 26 32
ACT Math 26 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >70%
29 to 31 Avg + 58%-70%
27 to 29 Avg - 45%-58%
25 to 27 Reach 32%-45%
Less than 25 Low <32%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1470 and Above Good >70%
1370 to 1470 Avg + 58%-70%
1270 to 1370 Avg - 45%-58%
1170 to 1270 Reach 32%-45%
Less than 1170 Low <32%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of Wisconsin Madison. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Wisconsin Madison was 3.84 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Wisconsin accepts 58% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 69% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 10% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Low
2.75 to 3.00 0% Low
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Wisconsin Madison and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240444 IPEDS survey data for University of Wisconsin Madison.