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: 228
  • Dollars distributed to UW–Madison in 2018: $279.5 million
  • Donors in 2018: 89,712
  • Endowment: $2.833 billion (as of December 31, 2018)
    • Annualized returns: one year, -3.7 percent; five years, 4.6 percent (as of December 31, 2018)

University of Wisconsin–Madison

  • UW–Madison total student enrollment, fall 2018: 44,411
    • 30,360 undergraduate
    • 17,617 Wisconsin-resident undergraduate
    • 9,994 nonresident undergraduate
    • 2,749 Minnesota residents
    • 14,051 graduate, special, and professional students
    • 6,306 international students
    • 2,276 students studying abroad (2016–17)
  • Living alumni: 441,731
  • Incoming freshmen, 2018–19:
    • 42,741 applicants
    • 22,099 admitted
    • 6,862 enrolled
  • UW–Madison budget, 2018–19: $3.19 billion
    • 20 percent from tuition
    • 18 percent from private gifts and grants, plus segregated fees
    • 14 percent from the state
    • 28 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, 2017–18:
    • $10,556 resident
    • $36,805 nonresident
    • $14,693 Minnesota resident
    • UW–Madison ranks tenth in tuition and fees among Big Ten public universities for residents, and third for nonresidents (2018–19).
    • More than 61 percent of undergraduates receive financial assistance (2017–18).
  • Research:
    • UW–Madison ranks sixth among all public U.S. universities and colleges, with total research-and-development expenditures of $1.2 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 is ranked 15th among public institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges list. It is also one of the nation’s highest producers of CEOs of major corporations and Peace Corps volunteers and the number one producer of Peace Corps volunteers for the past two years..
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