University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Madison, WI

Founded in 1848

Motto: "The divine within the universe, however manifested, is my light."






Acceptance Rate

$10,725 / $37,785

Tuition In-state / Out-of-state


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The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is part of the University of Wisconsin­­-Madison, both the flagship and land grant university of Wisconsin. CALS educational and research programs cover fields ranging from physical and life sciences to social science. As one of the oldest and most prestigious land-grant colleges in the nation, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences aims to engage its students in the search for practical solutions to the challenges of our ever-changing world. CALS offers 23 majors that lead students to a variety of careers and opportunities. Each academic discipline fits into the CALS priority themes: bioenergy and bioproducts, changing climate, economic and community development, food systems, health and wellness, and healthy ecosystems.

The best way to learn about the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is to visit our beautiful campus. CALS would love to show you around and provide an individualized experience. We will provide connections to our faculty and staff, major advisors and our personal CALS experts, the CALS Ambassador team. Whether you are a high school student wanting to learn more or a transfer student ready to transition into one of our 23 majors, we have a visit experience for you! Our CALS community is welcoming and inclusive for incoming students and their guests. We can’t wait to meet you and share all the reasons why we love the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Agricultural Degrees Offered

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Dairy Science
  • Dietetics
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Food Science
  • Horticulture
  • Microbiology
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science
  • Community and Environmental Sociology
  • Forest Science
  • Life Sciences Communication
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Undeclared
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Total Enrollment: 31,187

Agricultural Students: 3,082

Male Female Student Ratio: 48%/52%

Acceptance Rate: 51.7%


Application Fee: $60

Application Deadline: February 1

Target SAT Score: No minimum

Target ACT Score: No minimum


In-State: $10,725

Out-of-State: $37,785

Student Fees: $4,300-$4,946 (based on residency)

Room and Board: $11,558

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Religious Affiliation: non-denominational

Average Salary of Ag-School Graduates: $44,781 (dependent on specific career field)

Faculty/Student Ratio: 20/1

Agricultural Research Stations

Used by scientists and students studying the biological and social sciences, natural resources, and, of course, the agricultural sciences, our ARS locations feature outdoor laboratories, classrooms, and education centers. They can be found in the following locations: ● Arlington ● CALS Greenhouses ● Dairy Forage ● Hancock ● Kemp ● Lancaster ● Marshfield ● O.J. Noer ● Peninsular ● Rhinelander ● Spooner ● West Madison