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Madison, WI
Undergrads
28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1989 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As a freshman, it is easy to drink and party as long as you know upper upperclassmen or have friends who know people. It's pretty easy to drink in the dorms as long as you are quiet after quiet hour and can quickly hide your alcohol if an RA comes to the door. I've seen police officers patrolling the hallways in some of the dorms on the weekends. They're known for giving people underage drinking tickets so be responsible.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: While I haven't seen every type of person in the world around campus the diversity is very high for a midwest school. Some ethnic groups are represented more than others but I think that has more to do with who is applying then who is accepted. My friends and co-workers come from all over the world.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in the winter is pretty horrible. It gets very cold, espcially because of the lakes. It becomes very wet with snow, and difficult to get to class or become motivated to venture into the cold.

College Sophomore

Transportation: The only public transportation around is the city cab system.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity Athletics are a big deal at UW Madison. Football game days are a huge deal on campus and we have been voted to have one of the best game day atmospheres.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather on campus effects my experience quite a lot. It has been extremely snowy the last few weeks and it is often terrible walking to class because of snowy, icy, slushy side walks. Classes have not been cancelled due to snow. Investing in thick, warm, water repellant winter gear is a must for this University.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is quite wide on campus and almost everyone I know is excepting of everyone else. I have been able to meet people from a variety of foreign countries and I find it is always interesting to discuss differences between America and their country of origin as well as make sure they are adjusting well.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Wisconsin is not known as the classiest place around, but madison students try their hardest to avoid wearing sweats. Do they succeed? Depends on the person. Nobody judges you, though. We're a pretty chill group of 30,000 people. Guys and girls on campus are like guys and girls anywhere-there are cute ones and ugly ones, big ones and skinny ones, white, black, indian, asian, you name it. I like it that way. Its nice being on a campus that is more focused on school, football, and avoiding the snow than on what you're wearing or who you're dating. Its college, not middle school.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: UW Madison has great academics. They have fantastic advisors who are super helpful-take advantage of them. Things like workload and curriculum are hard to rate, because it totally depends on the class, the professor, and you! In general though, if you go to class, pay attention, and do the work, you will by no means feel crazy stressed out all the time. Sometimes classes are hard, sometimes they are easy, it all depends on how you deal with it.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not a member of a greek society, and by no means do I think that greek life is bad. The only reason I'm giving it a C is because I don't know how else to say that greek life doesn't sway one way or another. There are a lot of great frats and sororities that I know people love being a part of! But it is just as easy to have fun on campus without being in one. It really makes no difference, its just personal preference. If you say, oh im in a sorority/fraternity, people will not judge you in the slightest, and theres a relatively good chance they might be in one too

4 College Freshman

Academics: They have fantastic classes here! The professors are for the most part really good, but every once in a while you'll come across a bad one. The registration process is difficult to understand at first, but once you get used to it its easy

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Most computers are Macs and work really well. There are plenty on campus along with available printers.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I haven't heard of any crime at all on campus. There are always plenty of people around so you're never alone, and there are "safe walkers" who you can call so you don't have to walk alone at night.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I know there's greek life because there are some obvious cliques and what not, but it's not too prominent.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The University just updated all of the housing to free wireless. So wherever you go, if it's a university building or close by, you'll have great access to wireless internet. They have a lot of computer labs, and printing is pretty cheap. I'd still recommend bringing a printer to school, just because its convenient, but you probably spend the same amount on printing at home as you would at any printing station on campus, so really its individual preference.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants (mostly on state street, but there are other great options elsewhere) are fantastic here. They're good food, for a pretty good price, have good hours, and friendly, fellow college student staff. Its a great place to look for a job, or grab a bite to eat in between classes. They have ok student discounts, but you really just have to budget on your own.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: My only complaints with the nightlife here are that there isn't as much for underagers as there is for 21+ students. Also, transportation is somewhat difficult at night, especially when it's cold out and you don't want to walk! Other than that, there is a pretty great variety of stuff to do here at night and on weekends. And despite what you may think, not everyone drinks here either. There's plenty to do if you choose not to drink.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: can be hard to get around campus at times due to it being long and spread out

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation generally is good. There are cars to most of the place, even to mall, macy's, target(none to wallmart though). just it doesn't come that often. If you missed one, you may wait for some time

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants here are diversified. You can find food of any kinds, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mexico, Italy... You can get discount papers from bookstore. But the discount is so limited. Still the costs are little bit higher than dinning on campus. But it is still cheaper than the other states where I have been.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs possess all iMac with two systems: OSX and Win7. You can choose either you like. And there are always enough computers for students to use. You can find printing places very often on campus with 7cents per paper. Network though are not so satisfied when the access is heavy.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many international students of different races and religions. Though most people are white, they are welcome and respect you. There is no discrimination.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many varieties of apartments and townhouses in Madison. Some of these places are affordable, while others are extremely expensive. You do get what you pay for, but it might be troublesome to be bounded to a 12-month lease if you are not going to be living on campus in the Summer. There are academic year leases available, but they are quickly filled.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking can be hard to find for people who live in dorms, especially for people who want in-door parking.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I chose an apartment close to my ROTC detachment because that is where I spend most of my time. It's a longer walk to classes than the dorms, but I like the space ( I have a piano), the full size kitchen and a private bathroom.
It costs a lot for what they provide, pretty stark all around, but the privacy and space sold myself and my roommate. The building has good security and there is parking for a fee. You can't bring a car if you live in the dorms.

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Marie Puissant
Hometown
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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