Madison, WI
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
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Reviews 1984 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are such a big part of this school. They really tie us all together and we all become a family watching the games.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's always something to do here. I absolutely love it.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never really felt unsafe on campus, unless I was walking home alone, but I shouldn't be doing that anyway.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my dorm (dejope) but the size of the hallways makes it hard to feel like a tight knit community because they're just SO big. I have my friend group in the smaller dorms, mostly because they all really feel like they live with each other where Dejope just feels cut off.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I've never seen any issues with racial inequalities.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: State street is just filled with great food options and I still have so much to try.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: There needs to be more scholarship opportunities, especially for out of state students who don't get any help. This school is expensive for out of state, and it's hard to get money to attend it. I love it here, but we need more opportunities for making the school affordable.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: I love Madison. There's things to do whether you want to drink or not, and it's all a blast.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's beautiful in the fall and spring, but this winter was very rough.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in greek life and I don't know much about it.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is usually great, but the buses get way too crowded in the cold winter. It's not safe to walk to class in some of these sub zero temperatures, but if the buses are too full there's no safe way to get to class.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Administration at this school is mainly focused on student safety, and I think they do a great job of balancing strictness and leniency to achieve student safety.

4 College Senior

Transportation: You can get anywhere you need to go on a bus. The cost of a bus pass is worked into tuition so if you don't use it you're wasting your own money.

3 College Senior

Majors: The program is interesting, which is why I decided with the track. Jobs and internships tend to be extremely competitive though, and people usually end up only getting volunteer positions.

3 College Senior

Majors: I am definitely concerned about getting a job after school and will be attending graduates school to increase my chances.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: It's easy to get government loans. Otherwise it's up to you to find scholarships or private loans. The university doesn't hand out very much financial aid

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: When it comes to school and classes, the university is very strict. When it comes to non-university things school is lenient or doesn't get involved.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are hundreds of off campus dining spots. Prices range from dirt cheap to extremely expensive. If you are craving any type of food odds are you can find a place that serves it.

4 College Senior

Weather: During the summer and fall, Madison can't be beat. There are so many places outside to hang out and many events. When it's snowy and rainy everyone tends to hibernate.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is very convenient. All the dorms are close to campus and there are buses to take you everywhere. The only downsides are the rooms are very small and can be noisy.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of students smoke weed to ease the stress of classes, but no one treats you differently if you don't.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The strictness can be too much at times, some RAs take their job way too seriously.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Winters can be brutal. Expect everyone to be wearing shorts and t-shirts when it hits 50 degrees.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: No strong opinion. The finical aid is pretty average for a public university.

4 College Freshman

Computers: ResNet sucks, but there's always an open computer lab.


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Marie Puissant
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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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