Madison, WI
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$26,628 ($10,378)
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Reviews 2068 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got some student aid. Your application for the university automatically applies you for a bunch of freshman scholarships, but check within your major department for additional ones.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free city bus and campus cab

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Parking services is super strict

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I only go to sporting events for the pep band

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities are all new and awesome

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: What does this even mean

17 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking sucks but that's life.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We have a drinking culture here. It's Wisconsin.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We are pretty tolerant but not very diverse.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather sucks but that's what we get; it's Wisconsin

3 College Senior

Weather: Summers in Madison are short-lived, but amazing! Of course, that might just be in contrast to our unbearably long and cold winters. There's too much snow and the wind coming off the lake doesn't help matters. That being said, it does help that UW-Madison keeps the sidewalks clear of snow starting as soon as it starts snowing so students can safely get to classes.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is a drug scene on campus, but it's much less noticeable than the drinking scene. You can go out every night to drink and not see any drugs. But, of course, it does depend on who you hang out with. There is a drug scene, but you almost have to go looking for it. I would say drugs are not a large issue on campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The campus dining options were revamped last year (2012) and now include more options than you can get a grasp of in one visit to a dining hall. The choices are diverse, and there are plenty of ways to get your fill without breaking the bank. My only complaint is that some of the smaller dining halls have strange hours that didn't always work around my schedule when I was eating in the dorms.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Diversity: We have students from around the world attending UW-Madison. I've had classes where there were at least as many white students as there were non-white students (or less, possibly), even in large classes. We have many student organizations dedicated to allowing and spreading diversity. Diversity is here, and Wisconsin is very accepting of it.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer labs are good. Printing on campus is good. My dorm has terrible phone and computer issues. It's new and they are working out the "bugs".

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are huge at UW. Great workout facilities. School spirit is best in US.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I am in a great dorm. It has all amenities one would want--food court, convenience store, health clinic, computer lab, security.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My freshman year I had my tuition almost completely covered with financial aid. Still, that left me with high-priced housing to take care of on my own, and my second year, I barely got half of my tuition in financial aid. Student loans were offered in an amount that would cover all my costs, but student loans are scarily expensive in the long run.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the most part, I feel pretty safe here. But with a recent string of robberies, assaults, and guns being fired, I'm very uneasy walking alone after dark.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer labs on campus are pretty much as expected. There definitely aren't enough convenient places to print though if you don't have time to get over to one of the libraries.

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I never lived in campus housing...

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Besides having some of the best sports programs in the nation, we have THE best student fan base.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: I am not sure about how the other departments handle scholarships, but the College of Agricultural Sciences (CALS) does give out generous amounts of money to scholarship recipients. It all comes down to you completing your scholarship application as early as possible.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Parking: It is extremely difficult to find a good parking space here in Madison (especially if you are trying to park near State Street or the capital). However, as you travel outside of the city, parking is a lot more convenient. You really do not need a car on campus, because the bus system is very good. If you need to go anywhere you cannot walk, the buses will usually go there. Also, every registered student is given a bus pass to use throughout the school year, and it can even be used during the summer.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The Badger family is very strongly united. Everyone, ranging in age from 5 to 85, loves to hang out on the Memorial Union Terrace right on Lake Mendota. On gamedays, age doesn't matter, either. Everyone is best friends with each other and will gladly sing our school song arm-in-arm at Camp Randall Stadium.


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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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