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Madison, WI
Undergrads
28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have nothing but positive things to say about Madison. It has already changed and opened up my world view, stimulated learning in a whole new way, and inspired me to create my own Wisconsin Experience. On Wisconsin!

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love Madison! State street is amazing and everything I need is within a mile or so.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is always a mix of people across campus. Everyone is accepted in our diverse community.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: There are multiple colleges here at UW and under each has a vast amount of majors. The main college (of letters and science) has over 150 majors to choose from.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I just recently declared my major to be psychology and love it so far. The staff and advisors were very helpful and charismatic throughout the entire process.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: You will always see multiple buses running across campus and it is very easy to jump on route 80 (the free campus bus) that takes you practically anywhere you need to go.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Our Greek system is very active in our community. People are accepted if they decide to go Greek or not. Overall we don't judge Greek vs. Non-Greek. They throw great socials and have a great reputation.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The University of Wisconsin Madison hasn't been ranked in the top ten party schools for no reason! The night life is fun, accessible, and safe. Parties are diverse and don't stop until 2 or 3 am on average. There is the free 'drunk bus' that safely takes the laggards home at the end of the night. Overall I still think UW is consistently among the top 3 party schools in the nation.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is always a party to go to on campus. However, because campus is so large, sometimes it's a long walk to get to a party. The bus is a good option to get you to a party, but the buses stop running around 11 p.m. so they wouldn't be so helpful for the way back home.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Computers: I have never actually gone to a computer lab on campus because I have my own laptop, but I think there are laptops you can rent at the library. Printing is generally free, or at least cheap. I would recommend having your own computer for the convenience. UW wireless is accessible just about anywhere with your campus ID, and the network reliability is great.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are all generally well-kept and up to date. The athletic centers are fantastic; and are all used a lot. The Unions are great meeting spots, and also offer affordable meal options, and are good places to study. The libraries are always filled with people and are huge. There are many hangouts all around campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I LOVE my school. The first time I visited UW, I fell instantly in love with the campus, and it became my dream to come here. I have met so many incredible people, who have become some of my best friends. What makes my school unique is the sense of pride we all share for being "Sconnie's." I wouldn't go back and change my choice for anything.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most likely wouldn't choose school again due to large campus and party scene.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol and drugs are popular.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: The fan support and school spirit is wonderful.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Having a specific major at UW is probably like it is anywhere else. Although, the workload here is crazy and the classes are really difficult for the most part. They have a really great study abroad program, that allows you to choose from places all over the world; pretty much any where you could think to go.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics here are outstanding, hard, but outstanding. The professors are generally really helpful; they stay behind class to answer questions, get back to your emails quickly, and they are willing to meet up with you to answer any questions you might have. The workload is also a lot, but it's manageable. Registering for classes is all online, and is generally easy, but we have many advisers here to help us with questions or advice.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: As far as dining halls go, Gordon Commons wasn't so bad. As long as you lived in the dorms, the food was really cheap; you could get a whole meal (burger, fries, drink, salad) for about $4. The menu changed daily, but it was just a rotation, so it really was the same things over and over again.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are good dorms, and there are bad dorms here. It all depends on what you are looking for. There are dorms for people who like more quiet areas, and there are dorms for people who like to party. Once you move out of the dorms, finding a place to live that suits your needs is difficult. For some insane reason, people here start looking and signing leases in october and november, for the next school year. Housing is also very, very expensive, unless you don't mind walking 45 minutes to class everyday.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: UW-Madison has the reputation of being a party school. The alcohol visibility is a lot higher than the drug visibility, although both are noticeable. The police officers here know that there are many underage people who drink, and I think that most of the time, they care of the most about just keeping us safe.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I came to UW-Madison undecided upon my major. The criteria for both of my majors I have chosen are normal. For admission, I would recommend a high GPA, at least an average ACT or SAT score, and being involved in as many orgs. as possible.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet, and I don;t really plan on having one. An internship doesn't fit in too well with either of my majors. However, it is very easy for science-major students to find labs to work in.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I think UW-Madison is just like any other major University in this aspect. There are thousands of people here, every single one of us is different. You could find a person to fit every possible stereotype you could think of. It is so easy to make friends here, the opportunities of do so including: in the dorms, in classes, in Greek life, at parties, and in joining orgs.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking here is terrible, if you do not live in a house or apartment where parking is included. Either the cost to rent a spot is completely outrageous, there are no spots open, or you have to park in 2-hour parking, which is strictly enforced. On the other hand, I have never felt an urgent need to have a car on campus, except to drive home on the weekend and holidays.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UW- Madison is a huge college city. There is ALWAYS something to do here, whether it be going to the local farmer's market, going to the Henry Vilas Zoo (free), spending the day on the Terrace, browsing the shops on State Street, eating at one of the many restaurants with your friends, going out to the bars on a Friday night, or many others. The people I meet who live in Madison, but do not attend the university are all very supportive and usually huge fans of our football and hockey teams.

4 people found this useful Report
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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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