UW Facts and Figures

Quick facts

  • Location: Madison, Wisconsin
  • Founded: 1848 (First class: February 1849)
  • Campus: 936 acres (main campus)
  • Chancellor: Rebecca M. Blank
  • Budget: $2,900,500,000
  • Research expenditure ranking (national), 2015: 4th
  • Schools and colleges: 13
  • Faculty and staff: 21,608
  • Living alumni: 435,412

Enrollment, Fall 2016

  • Undergraduate: 29,536
  • Graduate: 8,904
  • Special: 2,173
  • Professional: 2,725
  • Total: 43,338

New freshmen, Fall 2016

  • Applicants: 32,780
  • Admit rate: 49.2 percent
  • Yield rate: 38.9 percent

Tuition and fees, 2016–17

  • Undergraduate resident: $10,488*
  • Undergraduate nonresident: $32,738*

International Study Abroad

  • Participants: 2,276 (2013–14)

Degrees awarded, 2014–15

  • Bachelor’s: 6,902
  • Master’s: 2,134
  • Doctorates: 1,506

*There is an additional fee of $275 for New Freshman students, $200 for Transfer students, and additional fees for business and engineering students.


More information

At a Glance fact sheet (PDF)

The Data Digest, published annually by Academic Planning and Institutional Research, is a quantitative overview of trends in the students, faculty and budget of the university.

Enrollment Reports, published by the Office of the Registrar, provide detailed data about student enrollment and degrees conferred.