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University of Wisconsin-Madison: Narrative Description


500 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53706-1380
Tel: (608)262-1234
Admissions: (608)262-3961
Fax: (608)262-1429
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Wisconsin System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1848. Setting: 1,050-acre urban campus with easy access to Milwaukee. Endowment: $776.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $645.1 million. Total enrollment: 41,169. Faculty: 2,984 (2,398 full-time, 586 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 20,495 applied, 66% were admitted. 58% from top 10% of their high school class, 93% from top quarter, 99% from top half. Full-time: 27,014 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 2,752 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 54 states and territories, 110 other countries, 29% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 2% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 5% 25 or older, 24% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 96% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 2/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $5860 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $19,860 full-time. Full-time tuition varies according to degree level and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $6250. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 690 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, eating clubs; 20% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, free cab rides throughout the city. 6,600 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Memorial Library plus 40 others with an OPAC and a Web page.

Community Environment:

Founded in 1836, the city was named for James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, and is the capital of Wisconsin. Madison is the center of one of the richest dairy regions in America and has over 200 industries. The city is also important as a medical center with its 12 hospitals and its manufacturing of precision surgical instruments. Recreational facilities include 10 golf courses, 3 of which are public, tennis courts, and a number of beaches for water sports. Fishing boats are for hire. Points of interest are the Henry Vilas Park Zoo, Nevin Fish Hatchery, U.S. Forest Products Laboratory, State Historical Society Museum, and the Wisconsin State Capitol which is one of the most impressive in the United States.

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