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UW–Madison utilizes a holistic, competitive, and selective admission process. Counselors in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment review high school course work, written statements, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation, if submitted. With an understanding of the course offerings and grading scales at each school, counselors look closely at high school transcripts to assess the rigor of an applicant’s curriculum and his or her performance in those courses. Also valued are consistent involvement in activities in or out of school, leadership, community engagement, or any notable talents that a student would bring to the university. Each year, more than 30,000 students apply for freshman admission.