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

Facilities: Campus is enormous and it seems like I'll never know all of the buildings. The campus has a good mix of old, historic buildings and new, high tech buildings with architecture that makes walking around campus fun. The spring and fall are the best times as the blooming flowers and colorful leaves make you want to skip class and just walk through the gardens. Even in the middle of winter, go check out the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery which is always filled with students studying by the indoor trees and waterfalls. Because the campus is so big, there are a variety of social groups and opportunities for every interest group. While it might take you some time to find it, there really is a place for every person on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: UW Madison is known as a party school for a reason. No matter what age or level of fun you are looking for there are options available. Those 21+ usually bar hop but will also throw house parties, especially on Mifflin St. For those underage, you will be let in to many house or frat parties, and there is quite a lot happening in the SE dorms as well. No matter what option you choose, be prepared for a lot of walking.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is cramped and congested.The few university parking ramps open to students are expensive compared to the city's parking ramps. Street parking is impossible to find, and the only way of being assured a place to park close to campus is if you rent a house or apartment that includes parking. Permits are available but require proof of special circumstances. Overall, don't bring your car to campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: Madison has a variety of academic focuses that you can lean towards. It is known for its engineering and medical schools, but there are very few people who graduate from Madison who are not successful in what they do each day.

The opportunity to work in study groups is beneficial and is a big help prepping for papers and test.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Transitioning from Iowa State to UW was difficult, more so because of the size and the city and the number of students. The UW campus is spread out based on majors. It is also very difficult for whites males to get into the school. High GPA, community involvement, and timing essentially determines your spot in admissions. Once you are in though, there is nothing like it.

5 College Junior

Majors: History is great because its an ongoing process. Many think that being a history major leads to nothing, but I plan to use this degree to pursue a law degree. I have no doubt that I will contribute to society.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students here are getting a great education and one of the most difficult academic institutions in America. Diversity allows many to learn to accept and educate themselves about all people. The night scene is great, food outstanding, and of course there's nothing like Wisconsin sports!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On Wisconsin!!!!

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Big Ten Pub Madison, WI Great food, fun, energy, and atmosphere. Gotta love Madison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There's a wide variety of students. I wouldn't say there's a typical guy or girl. I think anyone can find someone they relate to and enjoy being around there. There are plenty of student orgs that you can attend to help find like minded individuals. Definitely one of the pluses of UW being a large school.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Game days and sports are huge, as you see a sea of red and white heading to Camp Randall or the Kohl center. School spirit will happen even if you're not a huge sports fan. The athletic facilities are fantastic as well including two pools and group fitness classes etc.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Wisconsin Colleges offers various of sports, fencing even! It is enjoyable to become part of the fans for basketball games, soccer games, and many other sports. Coaches are the best, they seek the what's best for the team. The co-ed soccer team is amazing, nobody is left out and everybody plays on the field. Much respect is given to those in athletics because University of Wisconsin competes with the best!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The options are very expensive. If you are wealthy, then the dining is fine, but affordable and healthy choices are not easy to find.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Its UW-Madison. Drinking and partying is discouraged but not much is done about it. Everyone has a good time.

1 College Junior

Diversity: if you're from a relatively large city like new york, LA, washington dc, miami...then madison is not going to seem diverse at all. but i know people who came from really small towns who thought it was diverse. so it really just depends on where you come from. that being said though, i've visited other campuses and uw really lacks diversity compared to other universities.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports is a HUGE part of Madison. Most students attend football games, and a good part attend basketball games. School spirit definitely defines us at Madison. There are also three different gyms for students to work out in, the SERF, the Nat, and the Shell, so there is always a wide variety of options for working out.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UW is extremely lenient when it comes to underage drinking. The police on campus generally care more about safety then ticketing. Everyone that has gotten an underage ticket that I have heard from was outrageously belligerent. As long as you keep your head, you should be fine.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my Biology major program. You have your general requirements, like Physics, Organic and General Chemistry and Intro to Bio, but after there is really a wide variety of options to choose. You have to take ten credits of Advanced Biology that range from organismal to ecological so it would be pretty hard to find zero classes you are interested in. It is also pretty easy (in my experience) to get into a research lab. Just email lots of professors and don't be discouraged if they don't get back to you!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police are fast and efficient. As a large campus, there are incidents that occur, but I've never felt unsafe.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are plenty of sororities and fraternities to join if you want. Some live in chapter houses, others live in dorms or off-campus housing. A few of my friends in a sorority say they enjoy it, but it can be a huge commitment and potentially get in the way of school work.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many great choices nearby. There is also a ton of variety. You can find anything on State St., and the food carts are also amazing. No shortage on quality or quantity of off-campus dining options.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I did not live in the dorms. Since I now live in an apartment, I haven't ever had a dining plan. However I have only heard good things about the dining halls.

3 College Junior

Weather: It gets very cold in the winter, which lasts about five months. It can also be very windy because campus sits between two lakes. The summer weather is nice, and fall in Wisconsin is beautiful.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The Madison police accept that parties are going to happen, and their main priority isn't to stop all partying, but to make sure it stays safe and doesn't bother neighboring non-students. They are generally pretty good at letting you off with just a warning if you cooperate and break up a party when they show up. If you fight them, that's when you'll land hefty fines.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Every single student who attends UW is proud to be a Badger, and Saturday game days are proof of this. Every home football game turns Madison into a sea of red - students, alumni, and Madison residents all show their pride in the Big10 team. While other sports aren't as popular, we still boast a great basketball and hockey team, and there are many IM teams for students to get active.

5 College Junior

Computers: There are many computer labs spread out across campus, loaded with the latest software. And, in addition, UW's DoIt team are available to help fix your laptops, offer you the latest software at discounted rates, and have free classes to teach you things like Adobe Creative Suite or HTML.

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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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