Fast Facts: An Overview of the College of Letters & Science at UW-Madison


John Karl Scholz



  • Total students: 19,580 (2016-17)
  • 15,320 undergraduates (2016-17)
  • 4,260 graduate students (2016-17)

Credit Hours

  • 641,173 Total Hours (2015-16)

Academic Offerings

The College of Letters & Science is comprised of more than 34 academic departments, 13 non-academic departments, 73 interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, and five professional schools across three broad divisions: arts and humanities, physical and natural sciences, and the social sciences

Popular Majors

UW Madison's five most popular majors are in L&S (2015-16).

*Students majoring in Biology may choose which college in which they wish to complete their requirements: the College of Letters & Science or the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, since the Biology major is offered jointly with CALS. Majoring in Biology through L&S ensures that you also complete liberal arts requirements that will enrich your learning for a lifetime.

Total Degrees Conferred

  • 3,215 undergraduate degrees (2015-16)
  • 1,212 graduate and professional degrees (2015-16)
  • 4,427 total degrees (2015-16)


More than 195,000 alumni and friends

Research Funding

Extramural Research Awards: $125.9 million (2015-16)
Federal Research Awards: $103.7 million (2015-16)
Total Research Expenditures: $130.6 million (2015-16)

Source: UW-Madison Data Digest