Location
Madison, WI
Undergrads
28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2065 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is a huge part of student life, most of it revolving around varsity sports. Even some of the less popular sports are well attended and very fun to watch. Fans go all out on game day and its great to see and participate in the school spirit. Intramural sports are also very popular and easy to join no matter the skill level.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a great option for incoming students because of the proximity to classes and school facilities but also because of the community feel living in a dorm can provide. The cost of dorms, however, is high relative to the on campus private apartment buildings. The housing process is fairly easy when living in the dorms and each dorm is equipped with all the amenities a student needs, like laundry and lounges. There is a dorm that matches every type of student and if a student is unhappy in their dorm the school helps place them in a better fitting living situation.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The camaraderie and family feel that this school has is amazing for such a large school. If you're traveling abroad, chances are you'll meet a former or current Badger and there is an automatic bond. On game days or other large events, the school really comes together. It's amazing to be part of such a large community that is so devoted to learning and educational advances. The school takes pride in the accomplishments of its students and the students take pride in their school.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus itself is a great blend of urban and rural. You can walk along the lake or out to Picnic Point for a bonfire, but also be in the center of State Street in 15 minutes. The recreational facilities are a great resource to stay healthy. The libraries are excellent as well; you can reserve a study room or just browse the stacks. The school has all the possible resources students could need for studying, socializing and recreation.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are scholarships available through the school, but they are extremely selective and competition with only a small percent of the student population receives them. Other private scholarships are helpful as well as federal financial aid. The process can be long, but not too unbearable.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life is noticeable, but not a necessity in order to have a social life. Greeks often have the option to live in their house or in other housing such as dorms or on-campus apartments. Greeks and non-Greeks co-exist well and there often isn's an obvious indication of whether a student is Greek or not.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are many different dining halls on campus which make it easy to grab a bite between classes or full meals no matter where on campus you are. All the dining halls have a wide variety of healthy options and comfort foods as well as salad and fresh fruit bars. The value of the meals for the price is also very good. Menus change daily at each of the locations so you can always find what you're in the mood for. In addition to buying food at the dining halls there are several Flamingo Market locations that have convenience foods and other items like detergent and kleenex where you can use your WisCard.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are some widely accepted stereotypes regarding different ethnic groups or people from specific geographical regions of the United States (for example "Coasties" from both the East and West Coasts). However, overall the level of acceptance for other students is very high. The students care more about shared values and ideas than shared ethnic/racial groups, economic background or sexual orientation.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Plenty of options all around campus and has the convenience of having a debit card/balance on the student ID to pay.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I never heard of any administrative issues. They are involved in a positive, safety way.

5 College Junior

Athletics: I do not participate in athletics but I am a spectator. It's impossible to not get involved in the fun surrounding school spirit and going to the games.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: There are many fraternities/sororities and they are highly involved in student organizations. They throw parties everyday but non-Greeks do too so it is no big deal.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments tend to be older and not kept up well by the landlords. They are all close to public transportation and often have street parking or else parking available to rent. The off campus neighborhoods are really safe and convenient.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The campus housing dorms are various ages from original 1840s to the past year but are upkept well. Off campus housing such as apartments tend to be older and not kep up well. There are newer apartment complexes available with all the perks and amenities but are pricey; if you can afford it they are probably worth it.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are campus police always available, present and approachable. I feel as safe as possible in a city to walk alone. I feel less safe at night walking alone but have never had any problems, especially if walking in a group.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Very diverse and many courses count for multiple disciplines. The foreing language department is excellent. I did a double major of science and humanities with a minor in ethnic studies so I know each category is taught really well and has many opportunites to expand your knowledge.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Student centers such as the Memorial Union Terrace and Union South are top facilities to hang out. The libraries are fully functional for studying, ordering books and meeting with study groups.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: As an overall campus Madison is very liberal and there is not a lot of ethnic and racial diversity.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Variety of cost for all budgets for good food. Lots of ethnic restaurants and most places offer student discounts.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Best social scene a college could offer, with the best academics to back it up.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The SERF (student gym) is a little run down but is getting redone, and the libraries are very nice as well as the football and basketball stadiums.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Definately a Badger themed school, city and state! Lots of fun for all ages, especially the college aged.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Rated the hottest campus in America of 2014, as with any college campus there is all sorts of different people, a nice variety.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Very competitive, with the exception of the math department the professors are extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I just switched my major from chemistry to food science but I am excited to see what the program has to offer.

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Marie Puissant
Hometown
Green Bay, Wis.
Major
Marketing and English
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Students put a lot of time and energy into their undergraduate education. Luckily for those at UW, many feel it has been a positive experience. The college atmosphere, expansive campus, and intense academics are only some of the reasons students enjoy UW so much. Students feel they are able to form relationships with other students, as well as their professors. Furthermore, UW leaves them prepared for their future.

An individual’s undergraduate experience is one of the most exciting times in their lives. It is often the first time they are away from parents and making serious decisions about their future. Therefore, it is essential to pick the best university to spend these busy years at. UW offers amazing academics, an inviting atmosphere, and energetic student body. Its location geographically makes it comfortable as well as gorgeous. The facilities are very accommodating, as is the transportation system. Though like any school, there are things that can be improved upon or changed. Parking remains a prevalent issue, for instance. Fortunately, though, issues such as diversity and improvements to the quality of the dorm food are being addressed. Students generally leave the school feeling satisfied and prepared for what’s to come. Wherever you decide to spend your undergraduate years, definitely consider the University of Wisconsin as a practical, exciting, and fulfilling option.

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