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Date:May 29, 2013


Average GPA: 3.63

Average SAT score: 1910

Average ACT score: 28

Minimum TOEFL score: 100

A mile from state capital, University of Wisconsin-Madison sits between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. Madison tops many lists – it is voted the best place to live and work, the best college sports town, one of America’s safest cities, and a top green city. While its size may be intimidating – there are more than 42,000 undergrads – but this makes for a spirited student body. The university shelled out $1 billion on research in 2009, making it the 3rd highest spender in science and engineering in the nation. The university offers 136 majors, 155 masters, and 109 doctoral with six professional degree programs. The school’s general education requirements are fairly comprehensive, but majors vary in academic rigor. Some of the most popular majors include: Political Science, Biology, and Economics. The large student body makes UW-Madison unique. There are some 738 student organizations to satisfy even the most obscure interest. For over 150 years, the school has embraced Greek life as a way to foster friendship and leadership on campus – they advertise the fact that over 70% of Fortune 500 CEOs and U.S. Senators were part of a sorority or fraternity in college. UW-Madison is part of the Big Ten athletic conference and an NCAA Division I School. While the student body is regionally diverse, about 78% of the student body is Caucasian, and skewed toward Midwesterners and locals. “Still,” remarks a student, “you will find your clique no matter what your interests are.”

Famous Alumni: Carol Bartz (CEO of Yahoo), Frank Lloyd Wright (architect), Laurel Clark (NASA astronaut on Columbia)

Independent application: 1-2 letters of recommendation, transcript, testing score reports