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Rank: 46

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Unsurprisingly for a school with nearly 43,000 students -- 32,000 of them undergraduates --- opportunities abound at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eclectic arts scene? Check. Grade-A athletics? Badger faithful go crazy on game days. Charming college town? Affirmative -- people bike along Lake Mendota. Strong Greek community? Got it. Impassioned political activism? The university is steps from the state capitol, where protestors often gather. Great academics? You'd better believe it. Students have more than 9,000 courses and 230 majors and certificates to pick from. The business and engineering programs are notably prestigious. The downsides are that the school's size can be intimidating, and students say professors are sometimes more focused on research than teaching. Still, UW-Madison students come from all over the country to attend this esteemed public institution, and 87% of them graduate within six years of matriculating. Their early career salaries come in at about $55,700, according to PayScale. Badger alums go on to do other big things, too, like starting The Onion and founding Earth Day.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$26,800
% of students who get any grants
41%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,000
Average price for low-income students
$7,230
admissions
Acceptance rate
54%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1370/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
29,930
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
79%
% of need met
80%
% of students who get merit* grants
7%
Average merit grant
$5,265
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$22,240
Average salary within 3 years
$55,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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