Location
Madison, WI
Undergrads
28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2086 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a non-Greek student who has two Greek roommates, I see the Greek life as very important in the community. It is true that they are known for throwing huge ragers every weekend, but they also do a lot of work within the community to support their philanthropy. I think most non-Greeks support the work and efforts of Greek students, but they also really appreciate the parties. Most of the housing I know of for Greek students is amazing; some of them have personal chefs and the houses are really nice and well-kept.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at our school are incredible. There are many people who are involved in sports on campus, and if someone is not directly involved in the sport, then they are often avid fans. The university has put a lot of money into the facilities, and it shows. The amount of school spirit everyday is astonishing. No matter where you go on campus, whether it's a sport event or just to class, you see people wearing red.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Athletics: Students are very involved. They have a high school spirit. People like watching sports.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Nightlife: There are different things you can do on campus. I do not know if there are a lot of fraternity parties.The campus offers a lot of social events. They've had game nights, dance parties, concerts, and so on. The transportation off campus stops early during the weekend, so going off campus without a car can be hard. At the same time, waterstreet is nearby and you can walk there. There are a lot of bars and restaurants in waterstreet. There are some great cultural event events on campus. They also play some great music. There are some great speakers.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The academics here are great. The professors are great, they are very helpful. They answer your e-mails and stay after class to talk to you. They also make appointments with you. The registration process is easy. The workload is heavy, but doable. There are a lot of study areas. You can study at the Davis Center, the library, the different buildings on campus, and so on.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: My program is very hands on. There is a lot of work, but it's worth it. You have test, quizzes, and writing assignments. The professors provide a lot of resources to help you learn.The teachers give applicable homework There is a lot of group work involved in this major. The instructional assistants also have review sessions for the students. You learn a lot. You can be an instructional assistant, if you meet their requirements. There are many job opportunities related to the field. The program director sends e-mails about these job opportunities.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: There is a lot of Caucasian students. There are a few students of different races. The people of different economic backgrounds. There seems to be a lot of conservative students and liberal students. There are a lot of people who are christian. This campus is very open to people of different sexual orientations.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are all very helpful and care that you do well. Workload is definitely more than in high school, but with good time management its not overwhelming.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: UW Madison has a great reputation for engineering. The facilities are constantly being updated, we just got a new engineering building a couple of years ago. There are numerous internship/job opportunities. Every semester there is a career fair were about 50 big companies come in to recruit kids for internships and job opportunities.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Awesome variety of food on state street. Plenty of choices for late night food or dinner with the parents.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is a big part of weekend life at Madison. Drugs are not that common, usually people are just smoking.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Madison is an awesome party school and has plenty of things to keep yourself busy. State Street is only a couple blocks from campus and has a great variety of food and shopping places.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most people here take education very seriously. Professors are knowledgeable. Our university is well-known especially for education and natural resources programs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a music education major and the program is excellent. We have top-notch professors, facilities, and equipment. There is always room for improvement, though.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are blue light alert poles all over campus. Police are visible, and streets and parking lots are well-lit. Campus cab is available if you don't feel safe walking.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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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