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Everything about Wisconsin -Madison University

Everything about Wisconsin -Madison University

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 32,648

Institutional Type: Public

Curricular Flexibility: Somewhat Flexible

Academic Rating: 3.5

Top Programs





Computer Science



Political Science


Who Recruits

1. LinkedIn

2. Facebook

3. Goldman Sachs

4. Apple

5. Accenture

Notable Internships

1. U.S. Senate

2. Ford Motor Company

3. Hasbro

Top Industries

1. Business

2. Education

3. Operations

4. Engineering

5. Research

Top Employers

1. Google

2. Target

3. Northwestern Mutual

4. Amazon

5. Microsoft

Where Alumni Work

1. Madison, WI

2. Milwaukee

3. Chicago

4. Minneapolis

5. New York City

Median Earnings

College Scorecard (Early Career): $56,200

EOP (Early Career): $44,000

PayScale (Mid-Career): $104,400 177

Inside the Classroom

One of the US’s best state institutions, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has become a coveted destination for a growing number of high-caliber teens far outside Wisconsin’s seventy-two counties. In fact, the undergraduate student body of approximately 33,000 is inching toward a 50/50 split between Badger State residents and out-of staters/foreigners. The school’s over 900-acre campus is less than one mile from the Wisconsin State Capital Building and rates as one of the Midwest’s most gorgeous collegiate settings. Even more attractive than the scenery are the 232+ undergraduate majors and certificates as well as 9,000 courses offered. This tough-to-match selection includes an array of renowned academic programs that rank among the best in the United States.

There are eight schools and colleges that serve undergraduates: The College of Letters and Science, the Wisconsin School of Business, the College of Engineering, the School of Nursing, the School of Education, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Human Ecology, and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Regardless of your home school, breadth is the goal of the university’s general education requirements that all Badgers must complete. As a result, thirteen to fifteen credits must be spread over three areas: the natural sciences, the behavioral and social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Required courses in ethnic studies, communications, and quantitative reasoning round out the mandated portion of a Badger education.

At UW-Madison undergrads can expect a mix of large and small classes; 45 percent of sections enrol fewer than twenty students, but 29 percent contain more than forty students with an average class size of thirty-one. The student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1, and roughly 9,000 graduate students suck up their share of attention. Undergraduate research opportunities exist, but the onus is on the student to show initiative and procure the placement. Overall, 15 percent of undergraduates participate in research with a faculty member during their four years of study. Participation is much higher when it comes to study abroad programs. Roughly 2,300 students participate each year, which is among the highest totals of any school in the country. Overall, there are 226 programs in sixty-nine countries to choose from.

Looking for top-ranked business or engineering programs? If so, Madison is a perfect spot for you. In terms of the pure percentage of degrees conferred, biology (14 percent), business (12 percent), and engineering (12 percent) are the most popular. Programs in communication, political science, and computer science also draw a sizable number of

students and are very strong. The school’s guiding principle known as “The Wisconsin Idea” is that a college

education should influence lives outside the confines of the classroom. Thus, it is fitting that the university is the

number one producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

Outside the Class

One of the best college football towns in America, it would be wrong not to lead with the rowdy, joyous atmosphere inside Camp Randall Stadium on fall Saturdays. A sea of red fills the stadium as 80,000 fans rabidly root for the Badgers and create a quintessential Midwestern college experience. Football worship, along with the other twentytwo Division I Sports teams, unite a campus that is not exactly centralized. While 93 percent of freshmen reside in university-owned housing, only one-quarter of the total undergraduate population lives on campus. Fraternities and sororities are available but hardly dominate the scene as only 8 percent of Badgers join a Greek organization; still, there are sixty Greek organizations on campus with thousands of members. In excess of 900 student-run clubs and organizations are at your disposal including near-constant events hosted by the student union such as concerts, sports viewing, guest lecturers, films, and local theater productions. The spirit of volunteerism is strong as students pledge 37,000 hours annually to local charitable causes. Nature enthusiasts don’t have to travel far for hiking, boating, and birdwatching because the 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve is on campus and includes four miles of shoreline along Lake Mendota. Madison is consistently ranked as one of the top college towns in the entire country because it possesses a hard-to-match combination of safety, beauty, and a booming restaurant and commercial district.

Career Services

There are ten career centers on the UW-Madison campus that collectively employ fifty-four professionals dedicated to career advising, internship coordination, employer relations, and other career-oriented tasks. The Success Works initiative caters to students in the College of Letters & Sciences (which accounts for half of enrolled undergrads) and is the largest such office with twenty-one staff members. The Career Exploration Center (CEC) is a cross-college career services office serving those who are undecided on an area of study. Wisconsin also operates career services offices dedicated to pre-law and pre-health as well as discipline-specific offices housed in each undergraduate school and college. Wisconsin’s overall 554:1 student-to-counsellor ratio is higher than average compared to many schools featured in this guide, but that figure is relatively strong for a school of its size.

There are some impressive statistics that elevate UW-Madison from run-of-the-mill status with regard to career services offerings. For one, 88 percent of graduates “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that UW-Madison prepared them for the next step on their career path. More tangibly, 79 percent reported completing at least one internship during their years of study, and a stunningly high 20 percent completed three or more. Career fairs are sweeping enough to accommodate an undergraduate population of 30,000+. The Fall Career & Internship Fair draws 320+ employers, including many top corporations and over 3,600 students annually. Other fairs include a massive Spring Career & Internship Fair, the UW-Madison STEM Fair, and the Public Service Fair (also held in the spring). Thanks to plenty of targeted and accessible career guidance within every undergrad’s home college and solid employment and grad school results, UW’s career services are held in high regard by our staff.

Professional Outcomes

Last year, sixty-five percent of job-seeking University of Wisconsin-Madison grads had already received and/or accepted offers when they received their diplomas. The most commonly entered sectors were health care (11 percent), financial services (5 percent), engineering (5 percent), consulting (5 percent), retail (5 percent), technology (5 percent), and insurance (5 percent). The top five employers of graduates were: UW-Madison, Epic, Kohl’s, Oracle, and UW Health.

However, across all graduating years corporations employing a minimum of 250 Badger alumni include Google, Target, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, PwC, Accenture, and Facebook. The bulk of grads settle in the Madison area, Milwaukee, Chicago, or the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Those who leave the Midwest head to locations such as New York City, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver. Starting salaries are nothing spectacular, but that is to be expected for a large school with a wide array of offerings. Those earning a bachelor’s from the Wisconsin School of Business take home $59,000 in average compensation, chemical engineering majors started at a healthy $67k, and those earning degrees in communications, social work, and philosophy earned median salaries under $35k.

Of the one-quarter of the Class who enrolled directly in graduate/professional school, 54 percent were staying at UW-Madison; more than five members of the class headed to each of the following prestigious institutions: Columbia, Duke, USC, Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Emory, and Stanford. Clearly, an undergraduate degree from Wisconsin will serve you well when applying to elite graduate programs across the country. An impressive 108 members of last year's cohort matriculated in medical school, and seventy-three entered law school. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s own top-ranked medical school takes a high percentage of home-grown talent as does its top-thirty law school.

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