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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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics taught at UWP-Parkside are very structured. I feel that I have learned a lot while attending UWP, but I could be more motivated.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very easy to work with.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It is cold in Madison during the winter. Our campus is beautiful when it is snow covered. The sidewalks and streets are really well maintained so you never have to walk in snow piles.

1 College Junior

Parking: There is really no need for a car on campus, there student buses that take you around campus, however they fill up fast and are pretty busy regularly. If you want to purchase parking for a vehicle on campus, it's pretty outrageous prices. Also, it is pretty pricey to park in the parking ramps to. Your better off biking or getting a mo-ped, or good walking shoes to get around campus.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking is a much more popular activity than anything.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The academic programs that UW-Madison have to offer are awesome. However, the coursework is very rigorous. The buildings are good, however there are some older buildings, but it adds to the character of UW-Madison. Campus life is awesome, there is a lot to do every night of the week.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Tons of dining halls, lots of variety for food, relatively cheap pricing. Inevitably, though, you will get sick of the dining hall food. It happens everywhere to everyone.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: My favorite spots to study include College Library, a couple of the greenhouses, and, though I didn't get there often, the WID. The SAC is also a really, really popular place to study if you're in the area. All of these places are super comfortable and typically quiet enough to get some good work done. The whole campus, while known for partying, is really into studying and work. "Play hard, work hard."

5 College Junior

Nightlife: I love walking around the State Capitol building at night and visiting the bars around the Capitol. There is a great variety of bars to suit everyone's needs and the food and drink selection is truly amazing depending on where you go!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Badger football is an insane influence on campus. Saturdays in the fall are seriously the best thing ever in Madison. I had hockey season tickets last year as well, and those games were just as fun as the football games. I know as well that basketball is HUGE on campus. The two gyms available are also really accessible and really useful, even if they are on opposite sides of campus, both kind of on the outside.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: My first year at UW-Madison I received multiple grants to get me started. The grants were specific to first-year students and although I kept my GPA high, participated in multiple clubs on campus, and volunteered whenever I could, I did not receive any grants the following year. However, I did receive my first scholarship this year! I applied for it after receiving a referral from an advisor in my major's department.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never felt particularly unsafe walking around campus, even when I walked to work at College Library where I worked overnights. Madison also has Safe Walk, a program where you can walk to wherever you're going with both a male and female escort. The University Health Services are really accessible and the insurance that students can get is really good--even if the people at UHS can be sort of frustrating.

5 College Junior

Majors: I have an internship with Isthmus Publications. It is a non-paid internship where I devote at least 6 hours of work per week. The internship overall is great for experience and to put on my resume but overall it is not a great use of my time.

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5 College Junior

Computers: I study graphic design and there are numerous computer labs on campus with Mac computers that are fully equipped with the best design programs.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My experience in Elizabeth Waters was great. I met wonderful people with the help of our house fellow, and, though we didn't always go to events, there was always something going on it seemed. There are tons of options for underclassmen, whether it be in dorms or dining halls.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: A large number of research opportunities. It's a relatively small class and faculty are extremely helpful.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Fantastic academics! Ranked within the top 15 U.S. universities according to U.S. News and it is one of the top funded research institutes in the world.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is some diversity, but many people are white.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports don't really interest me, but there isn't really a more spirited bunch than the students/staff/alumni of UW Madison. Great school if you love football/hockey/basketball.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather is always going to be unexpected in WI-- I've lived here my whole life. Be prepared for cold by Sept/October though, especially because we're by the lakes. Fortunately there are buses... or just suck it up, buy boots and a good coat, and walk. Wisconsin is beautiful all year round though.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I have not come across a big drug problem at the University. Social drinking is more predominant. Actually I have never seen a person on drugs on or of the dorms.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: University of Wisconsin Madison is known for its diversity. There are students from almost a hundred countries up here. Most of them are top in their field. But there are many who come here to party. No offense but that is what really makes this university unique. Its not only the billion-dollar research which makes it a safe bet for graduates, but also the international population which makes every one feels safe even in the mid nights.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Most restaurants in the university avenue are moderately cheap. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian foods are available. Its more of partying friends rather than eating out which brings the energy and electricity to these restaurant visits.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus is spread across downtown Madison, and there is a mix of old and new buildings. Many of the new buildings are science-related and are awesome. Humanities facilicities tend to be more well used, but not broken or trashy or anything. There is a suprising amount of green space for a city, and being by a lake is awesome.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The biology program includes a large population of campus and mostly includes pre-med students. Since I'm interested in research instead of Med School, I love the research requirement and capstone experience you must complete to graduate. Also, there is a ton of choice in what classes you take after your first two years. After you complete your intro biology classes, you take whatever advanced biology classes you want from a big long list. This lets you pick classes based on your interests and you never have to suffer through another boring class again.


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Marie Puissant
Green Bay, Wis.
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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