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Should I apply to UW-Madison?

brendan9090brendan9090 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
UW-Madison is my first choice school, and I am trying to decide if it is too much of a reach or should not apply there.

I am an out-of-state resident.
I have taken almost all honors and AP(AP Calc, AP Chem, AP Physics).
I have a Weighted GPA of 4.07 and an unweighted of 3.71.
My SAT is 1210 (math: 650, Reading 560)
I am a two-year hockey letterman.
I have partaken in the Latin club, French club, chem club, and National Honor Society)
I have two jobs, I am a hockey instructor and I work at an Adidas store.
I have 60 volunteer hours.
I am the secretary of the chem club.
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Replies to: Should I apply to UW-Madison?

  • brendan9090brendan9090 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Also, I should not need any aid. My parents have said they have enough money to cover much of the cost. I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys Registered User Posts: 3,937 Senior Member
    3.7 is solid unweighted for UW, any chance you can retake SAT to nudge it up some? As a UW parent and long time observer of UW admission results here on CC, those stats sounds like a "postponed" (which is what happens to most middle of the road candidates), and then could go either way in the spring, either accept or deny. The OOS kids who get accepted in first round are typically high stats -- 32+ ACT and minimum 3.7 unweighted. Have you tried the ACT? Some kids find it much easier to do well on than the SAT, though many kids do find that their SAT and ACT scores are roughly comparable.
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 13,845 Senior Member
    Worth applying and you should aim for higher test scores. Be sure to concentrate on academics- keep/raise your gpa. More important than tons of ECs.
  • DeniseSDeniseS Registered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    Yes, test scores and GPAs are more important for State schools. They just have too many applications to do holistic reviews.
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 13,845 Senior Member
    UW does do holistic reviews but having many EC's will not replace competitive academic record/test results. Remember you are applying to study in college and need a solid foundation.
  • SybyllaSybylla Registered User Posts: 3,347 Senior Member
    It would be 200K, are you sure your folks would pay?
  • brendan9090brendan9090 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    edited August 2017
    When I visited they said they had enough money to cover most of it. My family is in the upper middle class. Thank you for all the comments. I was just curious. I wanted someone who didn't know me to evaluate my application. As for, retaking the SAT, I am not the best at taking standardized tests. I have taken practice SATs and done better. (1310; 690 Math and 620 Reading). I have already taken it three times and I don't have time to study for that, school and play hockey.
  • WISdad23WISdad23 Registered User Posts: 941 Member
    Just take the ACT once, even if you take it cold. If you really want to go there, you could spare a few hours.
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 3,259 Senior Member
    UW is a University, which means they have multiple colleges and some are more difficult to get into than others, so you need to be more specific, what would be your declared major upon application.
  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys Registered User Posts: 3,937 Senior Member
    @CU123 --- unlike many publics, UW does not require freshman application to specific colleges (at least the last time I checked, though I acknowledge with last year's move to the Common App, there could be some changes). While Engineering and Business are increasing the direct admit numbers, most freshman are admitted to the University and then apply as sophomores to specific majors in Engineering or to College of Business, with gpa requirements and prerequisite courses completed.
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 13,845 Senior Member
    Students get admitted to the university as a whole. Some may also gain admission to a school/college which usually requires time at UW. Recently students are asked to declare a major; my understanding that this is for the student to show a focus not to determine admission by major chosen. It is a good thing to be able to easily switch fields once admitted. No being locked into a school/college.
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 3,259 Senior Member
    From the UW website: Please take note of the third sentence.

    Applicants will be asked to identify both a preferred and alternate major or field of study when completing the application for admission. If we are unable to offer you admission to your preferred major/field of study, your alternate choice will be considered in our application review to assess interest and preparation. Due to the competitive nature of some of our programs, admission expectations may be different for students pursuing majors in business, engineering, dance, and music. We encourage you to visit our direct entry page to learn more.
  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys Registered User Posts: 3,937 Senior Member
    By and large, the majority of freshman applicants are admitted to UW as a whole. The best information I could find indicated that about 75% of the B school students are admitted once they are already at UW and not as direct admits. I could not find similar info for engineering, but I know that students who enter as freshman as "pre-engineering" have to apply to specific majors in the CoE, each with specific progression requirements, so that even being "in" the College of Engineering does not mean a student is admitted to their desired major.

    Of course, if it is a priority for a student that they will only consider schools where they can get direct admission to the B school or Engineering, then they need to be aware of the requirements for those seats. But most students still apply as freshman or sophomores to those Colleges at UW. The OP here did not suggest he is looking only at direct admission to B or Engineering.
  • brendan9090brendan9090 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    If I had to specify a major, I would have to say Materials Science and Engineering.
  • brendan9090brendan9090 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I took the ACT and did very poorly.
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