Madison, WI
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$26,628 ($10,378)
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Reviews 1989 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Senior

Facilities: Great social scene, amazing views of lake and wooded areas, the campus is beautiful and there is always something to do. The people are extremely friendly and there are a lot of organizations to join, lectures to attend and people to meet.

5 College Junior

Majors: I worked along side the VP of sales for a telecommunications company in Washington D.C. this past summer and it was the best experience of my life. My internship this past summer gave me the confidence to find more internships, make connections and reach out to potential companies or positions that may be available to me in terms of future jobs. I worked 40-hour works and was payed $10/hour. I also worked on two large sales projects throughout the summer so I maintained a commitment to the company in and out of the office.

5 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy social sciences, I am not a financial kind of student and I am not a sciency-thinker. I enjoy my major because I have a genuine passion for what I am learning while in class. I think the one major aspect I love about the program is that it is always staying up with current events. Regardless of what class I am in we will always be able to talk about something that is currently happening in history, in the news or on campus and how it is affecting our world.

4 College Junior

Majors: As an undeclared international studies major I would say I am happy with the program. If I were to do it all over again I wish I would have asked for more guidance, in terms of what classes to take and who to talk to, to get in to the business school and then would have completely changed my major. However, the professors and International studies major department has extremely helpful and passionate staff and I sincerely appreciate all that they have done for me i.e. getting in to classes, finding abroad courses that fit into my undergraduate requirements etc. My career goal or goal so far is to just graduate it with a higher gpa and find a job where I can learn more of what I want to do as a career.

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3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into the School of Human Ecology was based on GPA. In the past, all students were accepted however, with a influx of students wanting to do majors within Sohe the requirements have increased which I was a bit disappointed by.

3 College Junior

Academics: The anthropology program is really broad and actually quite prestigious. There are great guest lecturers and the anthropology club is quite active. However, some of the required classes, which may not be in ones area of interest, have extensive work loads, which seems unfair given that many students don't feel like the class even matters to them beyond fulfilling the graduation requirement. The Social Sciences building, where most of the Anthropology classes are held, is outdated and needs some renovations.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The policies themselves are not very strict (the usual "No alcohol for minors" and that sort of thing) but tend not to be enforced. When they are enforced, though, penalties are harsh. My roommate was pulled over for speeding on campus and received a pretty hefty ticket.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: At the University of Wisconsin- Madison, there are hundreds of majors to pick from, so you likely won't have any problem finding one that suits you. There's something to match every interest. Thus far, I have only had one semester of courses towards my biochemistry major, but they have been exciting, and I imagine it can only get better as I get into more of the specifics. More exciting, however, has been my experience in a cancer research lab to supplement my coursework. Many students find such opportunities, which is an ode to the amazing duality between coursework and research here on the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While I don't get involved with any sort of drug or alcohol scene here at the University of Wisconsin, that doesn't mean that it isn't present. I have never been pressured into anything, but let's face it, there are tons of parties and tons of alcohol. I don't know much about drugs, but I'm sure people use it around campus. The good news is that if you don't want to get involved, you don't have to, and you probably won't even see much of it around.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Madison is a nightmare for parking, but the University of Wisconsin- Madison makes up for it with an excellent public transport system. Students receive free unlimited bus passes, so it is easy to reach pretty much everywhere on campus and elsewhere around Madison as well. In addition, there are several cab services that are relatively cheap, and if you just need somebody to walk with at night, Safe Walk is always available.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The student life here at the University of Wisconsin- Madison is excellent. Whether you prefer the Memorial Union, Union South, or some other locale (the WID building is my favorite), there is always somewhere to get together with friends or to study in preparation for the next exam. Many of these places, the Memorial Union in particular, are historic, and provide many events designed for students. One example from this winter is that a skiing and snowboard competition was held on a nearby hill while a section of pavement was frozen over for less-ambitious students to take on some casual ice skating.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The research scene here at the University of Wisconsin- Madison is excellent. As an incoming freshman, I searched on a UW job search website, applied and interviewed for a lab assistant position, and now six months later I am still at the same lab and training to complete my very own cancer research. This is just one way to do it, however, and there are many similar opportunities available to students. In fact, it is a requirement for biology 152 students to work in a lab. I believe that shows how available such positions are for students.

5 College Freshman

Computers: I'm one who usually carries my laptop around with me, and I have never had an issue finding internet access here at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. It seems that every campus building has its own network available to students. In addition there are kiosks in almost every building with mac computers that are reliable , fast, and free to use.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: While I have not participated in many of the opportunities available to students at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, the quality of the institutions and plethora of student organizations/intramural sports is still apparent to me. Several sports facilities, the NAT and SERF in particular, provide everything you can hope for. I myself have been itching to try out the racket ball courts..

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at UW Madison is a nightmare. Most students here don't have cars because it is actually an inconvenience. It is hard to find a decent and affordable apartment here with parking. And if there is parking it is usually pretty pricey. It is also pretty much impossible to drive to class here because there are so many students walking you will be stuck in traffic and driving will probably actually slow you down. Then you have the problem of finding parking for your car, which is usually kind of far away from the class buildings anyway.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation at UW Madison is pretty good. Students get a free bus pass for the Madison bus line, but the busses aren't always on time and it takes a long time to get pretty much anywhere that isn't on the campus because the busses have so many stops.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: The drug scene at the UW-Madison is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.

5 College Student

Facilities: UW-Madison's campus life is like no other. The student union (Union South) was newly built a few years ago and is very modern. There are fast food joints, places to study, convention rooms, an art gallery, and a rock climbing wall and bowling alley-it's a very popular hangout. There are tons of organizations to join, and there are always fun activities and events going on across campus.

5 College Student

Facilities: UW-Madison is known for their football games and school pride in general. On game day especially, most of the student body is wearing that red and white. At football games, "Jump Around" is the anthem for any badger. On top of excellent academics and a beautiful campus, badger athletics has the best school pride and excellent teams in any sport

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are lots of parties, but those who are underage have lots of opportunities to have fun without alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are nicer dorms and there are dorms that are in need of some renovation. Overall, the dorms are homey and residential service is great.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life on campus gets as good as you make it to be. It's all up to the individual on what he/she wants to get out of his/her college experience.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The university is located in a larger city, yet the campus has beautiful scenery and in some parts, is isolated from a city atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Mix of everything on campus - mostly everybody's pretty average, nothing spectecular but not terribly disapointing either.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: No knowledge of any of these concerns being an issue.

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Marie Puissant
Green Bay, Wis.
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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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