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

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They focus on what is important. I always feel safe.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of options with every kind of food imaginable.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I really can't give a good review on scholarships since I only have one. I have the PEOPLE Scholarship which is a full ride scholarship that pays for tuition for four years. There is a large span of scholarships available for students.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Partying and alcohol are a big part of campus. It can be somewhat easy for underage students to get alcohol if they have friends who are of age. It seems that parties tend to be frequent on campus. Happening every weekend except around the time of exams.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The tech support on campus are very knowledgeable and reliable. They know a lot about both Windows and Mac. Printing on campus can get expensive after awhile, but there are a couple places that offer free printing if you don't have your own printer.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There isn't a large amount of racial diversity, but there is a good amount of other kinds of diversity. The organizations for the various minority groups are close to one another and understand what kind of challenges they face as minorities.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Cost of off-campus dining options can be described as average. Generally higher costs but that is to be expected. There is a decent variety of options as well as typical chain restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere in Janesville is a very neutral base. Janesville is the city of parks, so there are parks everywhere you go, but not many activities for anyone over elementary age to do. There Is disk golf, the ice rink, fishing, or the bars. You can go shopping at general stores or the mall in town, nothing to spectacular. There are no cultural events and no one really knows whether you are a student or not.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Our off campus housing ranges from a ten person house all the way to luxurious high rise apartments. Almost every single one of the off campus housing options offer parking for an extra fee for cars, but bikes and mopeds tend to be free. Every apartment that I have toured so far this year has been extremely nice and relatively cheap to live.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: On State Street which is at the end of one side of the campus leading to the capital building, there is a huge variety of local restaurant. These restaurants all range in their ethnicities and they are all relatively cheap.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is extremely easy to access at any time of the day when a student is feeling hungry. There is a huge variety of options ranging from ethnic options from around the world to strict vegetarian options. Relatively cheap to eat at our dining halls every day, can get a little pricey however.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Being a large campus it is fairly easy to encounter a person who uses illegal substances. It is not something that every single person does however. It is very easy to find plenty of people who do not participate in illegal activities.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: UW - Madison has been ranked as the number one most athletic and attractive school in the nation. Everyone here is very intelligent and extremely hard working. With all the hard work does come with a lot of fun ranging from fraternity events to football games to laying out on Bascom Hill, the people at this university are amazing to say the least

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: University Health Services has two locations on both ends of campus so it is very convenient to receive health care assistance. I go to the UHS for allergy shots monthly and have seen them when I was feeling sick the beginning of the year. Safety is a concern wherever you go regardless of the university. UW - Madison is in a large city, so yes there is crime, but the police task force are extremely pre cautious and willing to assist any student in need. We receive emails and text messages whenever there is an event that may cause harm to a student.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I absolutely love living in the university residence halls. Granted they are not the largest rooms that I have ever lived in, the atmosphere makes up for it! I knew all 55 other residences on my floor within the first two weeks of moving in. They are cleaned every single day for the entire semester and all the utilities are well maintained.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I did not bring a car with me to campus as a freshman, but when my parents come up to visit me they can find a parking spot relatively close to my dorm and for a pretty average fee. Many of the off campus living arrangements have parking included with their leases for when I become an upper class men.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Being on such a large, spread out campus transportation becomes extremely helpful if your classes are far apart. Included with tuition is a bus pass that all students receive their first week with being on campus. This becomes very nice tool to acquire for the winter months. There are hundreds of bus stops located all around campus and an app that can be downloaded that shows when the busses will arrive at your stop and where they will go. Taking public transportation at my university is extremely easy.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The architecture that encompasses my campus is brilliant. Mixing the abstract with the traditional and the old with the new, each of our academic buildings has it's own unique character built into it. The residence halls all range from being years old to brand new this year, but that doesn't ruin the quality of the dorm at all.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: Everyone on campus is friendly and open. I see familiar faces everyday walking to and from classes. I have joined three different student orgs since the start of my college career and I absolutely love it.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Madison is a very vibrant city that has tons of activities to offer regardless of the weather. Sitting on the terrace overlooking Lake Mendota to walking down State Street any student here can find something to fit their interest.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I'm not a huge partier so I don't really know the scene.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: We're right by the lake which gives us some gorgeous views! Oh, and snowball fights and sliding down Bascom!

3 College Junior

Facilities: Um, I don't live on campus so I don't do a whole lot.

3 College Junior

Parking: There are some 2 hour spots around but it's a little bit of a walk to get to campus from them. On campus parking is awful and expensive. And they are good at enforcing and ticketing if you don't have a permit.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I transfered here my sophmore year and I'm enjoying it a lot.

1 person found this useful Report

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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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