UWF Fast Facts

University of Wisconsin Foundation

  • Established: 1945
  • UW Foundation mission:
    • “The University of Wisconsin Foundation engages those who care about the university; provides opportunities to enhance its learning, research, and outreach programs; and guarantees ethical stewardship of gifts received.”
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  • President and CEO:
  • Governance:
  • Employees: 294
  • Dollars distributed to UW–Madison in 2016: $256.5 million
  • Donors in 2016: 95,151
  • Endowment: $2.511 billion (as of December 31, 2016)
    • Annualized returns: one year, 6 percent; five years, 7.7 percent (as of December 31, 2016)

University of Wisconsin–Madison

  • UW–Madison total student enrollment, Fall 2016: 43,336
    • 29,536 undergraduate
    • 18,038 Wisconsin-resident undergraduate
    • 8,581 out-of-state undergraduate
    • 2,917 Minnesota residents
    • 13,800 graduate, special, and professional students
    • 5,606 international students
    • 2,152 students studying abroad (2014–15)
  • Living alumni: 435,196
  • Incoming freshmen, 2016–17:
    • 32,887 applicants
    • 17,304 admitted
    • 6,430 enrolled
  • UW–Madison budget, 2016–17: $2.97 billion
    • 19 percent from tuition
    • 17 percent from private gifts and grants, plus segregated fees
    • 15 percent from the state
    • 30 percent from the federal government
    • 18 percent from auxiliary enterprises and operations receipts (e.g., UW Athletics, University Housing, Wisconsin Union)
    • 1 percent from state laboratory fees
  • Undergraduate tuition and fees, 2016–17:
    • $10,488 resident
    • $32,738 nonresident
    • $13,761 Minnesota resident
    • UW–Madison ranks seventh in tuition and fees among Big Ten public universities for residents, and fourth for nonresidents (2016–17).
    • More than 60 percent of undergraduates receive financial assistance (2015–16).
  • Research:
    • UW–Madison ranks fifth among all public U.S. universities and colleges, with total research-and-development expenditures of $1.07 billion (National Science Foundation R&D Expenditure Survey).
    • UW–Madison is ranked 28th in the world by the internationally respected Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings, and it tied for 10th among public institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges list. It is also one of the nation’s highest producers of CEOs of major corporations and Peace Corps volunteers.
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