The University of Wisconsin Madison is one of the country's top public universities, and the admissions standards are higher than the majority of large public institutions. About a third of applicants are rejected. In the graph above, accepted students are represented by the green and blue dots. You can see that the majority of students who got into Wisconsin had a high school average of B+ or higher, an ACT composite score above 23, and a combined SAT score (CR+M+W) of above about 1700. The chances for admission increase as those grades and test scores go up.
Note that a few students with grades and test scores that were on target for Wisconsin still got rejected or waitlisted. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Wisconsin has holistic admissions -- the admissions officers are evaluating students based on factors other than grades and test scores. A rigorous high school curriculum, winning essay, and interesting extracurricular activities all contribute to a successful application.
To learn more about the University of Wisconsin Madison, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- University of Wisconsin Madison Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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