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Reviews 145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Computers: You will absolutely need your own laptop. You might run into problems if you don't bring a Mac (virtually everyone has a Mac), but it's still totally possible.

Computer labs are plentiful, state-of-the-art, and loaded with great software. Huge student discounts for the high-quality printing (lots of options, you get $20 of credit each semester pre-loaded onto your printing account). It's great to have your own printer but not necessary, most things can be submitted digitally and school printing is cheap.

The wireless is pretty fast but very spotty in a lot of the classrooms, some places you can't get it at all.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of great spots, and the Milwaukee Public Market is only a short walk away. Lots of hipsters in the area, so if you're vegan, they're expecting you.

3 College Freshman

Majors: You don't have to apply to get in to a specific major. Freshmen do not declare a major until halfway through the 2nd semester, which gives you plenty of time to decide if your major is really the right one for you. (It's also easy to switch if you change your mind) There's a huge difference in the number of students between the majors, all of the design classes are large and engaging and then, in some of the fine arts classes, you'll only see a dozen or two students (drawing and painting, we're looking at you). Despite this, the faculty for all majors are excellent and the school doesn't skimp just because there are only 6 people in your class.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am an Integrated Studio Arts major, so I have a lot of flexibility over the classes I take. You have got to have a huge amount of motivation, especially in the fine arts. Workload is intense, but ultimately you decide how hard you want to work. I really love it because it doesn't restrict me from working in any media I choose.

1 College Freshman

Weather: Wisconsin weather is notorious and there's a good reason for it. The snow, sleet, rain, hail, dangerous wind (or all of the above... simultaneously) plus traffic puts commuters in a nasty spot, but the teachers are very understanding about it, and most of them will let you text them if you're going to be late (just ask, they'll probably let you).

School is almost never cancelled for the weather, which is awful for anyone in searing -30 wind waiting at the exposed bus stop down the road.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's okay, but compared to the obscene cost of the dorms it's worth trying to find somewhere else, especially after your freshman year. Roommates from school are available and understanding.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We have no Greek life, the closest things are the clubs and associations, which anyone can join.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Pretty much the only spaces near the school are reserved for faculty, and anywhere within easy walking distance is usually restricted to 2-hour parking, which means in a 3-hour studio class you will have to leave in the middle of the class to refresh your parking meter. There are spots a bit further away, but if you're hauling a piece of artwork with you (and this will happen) you're going to be dragging it a few blocks.

Unless you're a commuter who can't make it by bus, a car is definitely not necessary, the whole school is in one building.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There really isn't too much to do on campus (it's only one building) but fortunately there's always something fun going on in the area. People like MIAD students and are pretty used to seeing them, you're not going to get weird looks for being an art student.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everything went really well--if you have any problems, and you probably will, contact the offices! They are wonderfully helpful, know exactly what they're doing, and, as the school is small, will pay you the attention you need.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Fairly diverse on the whole, it's great to have the "art school" mentality, any sort of judgment between people is usually the "fine art vs. design" feud, but almost never something personal, they're all very accepting and don't make a big deal out of the unusual.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: many options to choose from

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not what the Greek life style is at my school and I don't know who they would be. I see all my classmates as equals.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Since I commute I rely on the road conditions and this winter has been really bad so far.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I commute to school and drive 60 miles one way. Morning traffic in downtown Milwaukee takes a lot of extra time just to get to school.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are parties all the time and we usually have themed get togehers

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs are extremely advanced and there are always computers available. As a CD student, the amount of printing I do doesn't get covered so sometimes I have print out of my own pocket which is ridiculous. The network is reliable and high speed

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The actual financial aid I received was nice, but if you have any trouble whatsoever during the process, the financial aid department is extremely unhelpful. It's irritating. The best way to go about receiving aid is get everything taken care of before you even attend MIAD because it's a pain trying to get anyone to assist you here

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Wisconsin is notorious for having a ridiculous amount of snow, so that affects commuting time but the professors are understanding

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus crime rate is extremely low, only recently there were a couple robberies occurred but other than that MIAD is an extremely safe campus

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although most people at MIAD consider themselves liberals, everyone is accepting of any religion, ethnicity, or political belief. Everyone is open to learning from each other and respecting each others differences in lifestyle

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are very clean and modern, the social atmosphere is helpful freshman year because it allows for everyone to interact and get to know each other but the cost is pretty high, and the current dorms are a little inconvenient because they're a significant distance from the school

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone at MIAD is incredibly individualistic and as a whole everyone is very accepting in regards to personal style and looks

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The permit cost is obnoxious, although most students don't have to deal with it because very few have cars to worry about. The distance from the school is fine and you can usually find a spot, but the cost isn't usually worth it

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing situation is extremely convenient and the available living spaces are everywhere. The cost is significantly lower then on campus housing, although the parking situation is abysmal. MIAD does not assist students in finding off campus housing


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