Fast Facts

The Fast Facts publication is a small, pocket-sized brochure providing an overview of facts about the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Fast Facts is intended to be a companion of the annual Data Digest, and contains a selection of facts and statistics from the full digest. The content of the Fast Facts brochure is available below or you can view the one-page PDF here. If you are in need of pamphlets, please Contact Us for assistance.

University Chancellor: Jennifer L. Mnookin (

Number of Schools and Colleges: 13
Fall 2022 Average Undergraduate Class Size: 34
2020-21 Annual Student Credit Hours: 1,206,675

Fall 2022 Headcount Enrollment

Undergraduate 35,184

Wisconsin Resident 17,703

Minnesota Reciprocity 3,114

Other Non-Resident 14,367

Graduate 9,993

Clinical Doctorate 2,663

Special 2,046

Total 49,886


New Freshmen (Fall 2022)

Applicants 60,280

Admits 29,546

Enrolled Students 8,628

Admit Rate 49.0%

Yield Rate 29.2%


2021-22 International Study Abroad Participants  1,850


2021-22 Degrees Awarded

Bachelor’s 7,418

Master’s 2,454

Research Doctorate 773

Clinical Doctorate 700


Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates

1st-Year Retention Rate 94.3%

4-Year Graduation Rate 75.1%

6-Year Graduation Rate 89.2%

Academic Year 2022-23 Tuition & Fees

Undergraduate Resident $10,796

Undergraduate Non-Resident $39,427

Ranks 10th among Big Ten publics

Expected Total Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates in 2022-23

Residents $27,930

Non-Residents $57,061

Fall 2022 Faculty and Staff Head Count

Faculty 2,292

Limited Staff 703

Instructional Academic Staff 2,766

Other Academic Staff 9,051

University Staff 3,888

Post-Degree Training Staff 1,008

Graduate Assistants 5,589

Total 25,297

NSF Research Expenditures (FY 2021)

Total Research Expenditures $1,380.1M

Federally Funded Expenditures $646.7M

Non-Federal Expenditures $733.4M

National Research Expenditure Rank 8th

Big Ten Research Expenditure Rank 2nd


Wisconsin Alumni Association

Total Living Alumni 476,939


2021-22 Budget

State Appropriations $541.5M (15%)

Student Tuition Revenue $761.8M (21%)

Federal Programs $918.3M (25%)

Gifts, Grants, & Seg. Fees $669.8M (19%)

State Laboratory Fees $41.1M (1%)

Auxiliary Enterprises $455.0M (13%)

Operations Receipts $309.0M (9%)

Total $3,696.8M (100%)

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