INNOVATION is key
Welcome! Whether you are a high school student, an off-campus or on-campus transfer student, a re-entry student or a returning adult student, we're glad you're taking a closer look at one of the top engineering schools in the world.
The student experience
The College of Engineering is one of the best places in the world to get an engineering education. We have excellent students. We have world-class faculty. We have an outstanding curriculum. As one professor said, “Our students learn how to do stuff.”
We do more than teach students. We immerse them in interdisciplinary activities and offer real-world design challenges. We introduce them to experts in their fields. And we provide them the technological tools and resources that will prepare them to meet 21st-century engineering needs.
In the classroom and in the lab, engineering students study and work hard—yet they also have rich social lives that include myriad extracurricular activities such as international study, field research, internships, laboratory experience, entrepreneurial opportunities and more.
The college is internationally renowned for its research, and students at all levels have the opportunity to work directly with faculty, to propose and conduct research, and to publish and patent their results. Working in interdisciplinary teams, engineering students address real-world challenges—and actually design and build products that solve those challenges. They learn to present their ideas, pitch their products and launch successful companies.
Students also can join any of more than 55 registered engineering student organizations. These orgs offer experiences ranging from international automotive competitions to student chapters of engineering professional societies. Through them, our students build and race everything from concrete canoes to electric snowmobiles. They conduct community service and educational outreach. They host and attend national professional engineering conferences. And, through organizations such as Engineering World Health and Engineers Without Borders, they help residents of communities worldwide to use low-cost medical devices and implement sustainable engineering solutions.
Annually, approximately 130 engineering students live, learn, work and serve abroad via our International Engineering Studies and Programs, internship and co-op programs, student organizations, and the chemical engineering summer course program.
A College of Engineering education not only offers students the time of their life, it prepares students for life in the real world—your world.
STUDENT SUCCESSES: By the numbers
College graduation rates for students who enter a degree program are more than 85 percent for all 12 engineering degree-granting programs.
Approximately 94 percent of engineering graduates are placed at a job (72 percent) or are pursuing graduate school (22 percent) within a year of graduation.
$59,000 is the average starting salary for an engineering graduate.
More than 200 employers participate in the Career Connection fair each fall and spring.
85 percent of all engineering majors participate in either a paid internship or eight-month co-op experience.
On average students make more than $3,000 a month at co-ops and internships.
The College of Engineering awards more than $1.4 million in scholarship funds to undergraduate students each year.
Our undergraduate student body includes people from 43 states and 50 countries.
When you apply to UW-Madison, you will be able to choose an engineering major and be admitted directly into the major of your choice, provided you meet the major GPA requirements. Learn more about these GPAs and about the general college requirements for incoming freshmen (GCR15).
Ready to take the next step in pursuing your engineering dreams?
Come join us in the College of Engineering!