Madison, WI
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Reviews 1984 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The "drug scene" at UW Madison is really what you make of it. If getting involved in drugs and alcohol is something that you want to do, then I won't lie, it is a great school to party at. On the other hand if that isn't your thing, there are so many amazing things to do on campus that aren't drug or alcohol related.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have had an INCREDIBLE experience with the campus housing at Madison. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to live in one of the most sought after dorms on campus, Liz Waters, my freshman year. There I met my best friends, whom I was sooo lucky to meet! Not only is Liz a beautiful building overlooking the lake, and lakeshore path, but it is SUPER convenient. The farthest walk for any classroom is about 9 minutes, and the shortest walk is about a minute, just across the street in Van Vleck! The room size is pretty large for a college dorm room and there is even a dinning hall in the dorm! Its a great place to live! So great, that I even decided to live there again sophomore year, with no regrets! At Madison there are two dorm regions; southeast and lakeshore. Southeast is closer to downtown and is the party dorm! Dont live there if you want to be able to study in your room. On the other hand, the lakeshore dorms on are near the lake and are older buildings with character. These dorms are quieter and arent the place for a lot of parties!

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The only financial aid help I got was through loans. I didn't get nearly as much help and/or money as I thought I would, and I was extremely disappointed. It seems to me that a family has to be almost dirt poor to receive any aid.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I love the dining halls, especially the new Gordon Commons. They all have a wide variety of foods and are conveniently spaced throughout campus, so that there is always one near by.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Madison offers an abundant number of majors, its actually quite ridiculous how many options you have. The best part of all of the majors offered is that when you declare a Major you know you are going to get some of the world's finest education about your major, and you will be learning from top professors with incredible stories and experiences! As for me, I declared a Genetics major, of which is a major offered by very few schools in the US, but due to my career path I decided to drop this major, unfortunately. Therefore, I am currently undecided, choosing between Biology and Political Science. It wasn't until I took in International Relations course at UWM that I realized how fascinated I was in this area, but now after taking more poll sci classes taught by incredibly intelligent professors with such amazing experiences, I am seriously considering this major. On the other hand, Biology, is also taught by incredible professors with state of the art scientific labs and tools at your fingertips! Its too hard to choose!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Madison has a beautiful range of people, which is one of my favorite parts of Madison. There are 'coasties', of whom can be annoying at times, and there are hipsters, and nerds, and artsy folk, some jocks, fashionistas, and just your everyday suburban people. Not everyone is nice or kind or funny but I have met quite a few people from different parts of the world, with different interests that have taught me a thing or two. The diversity at Madison is outstanding and really adds to our World Class campus!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Madison has a high reputation for being a top university that provides a quality education. All teachers emphasize and make note of academic integrity, and in many of my classes I have seen professors take action for cheating and other things that go against the academic code. On a social note, it is possible to go out and have fun without having to worry too much about getting in trouble, however I feel like there may not be enough strictness when it comes to larger parties.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are not very many opportunities from the actual university for scholarships.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The actual dining halls on campus are quite nice, and provided the opportunity for student employment. Two dining halls are open almost 24/7 with one only open during the week. Although the hours may not be the best, the food makes up for it. One more thing, Babcock ice cream is the best ice-cream that you can ever imagine.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Madison has been rated as one of the most attractive campuses in the country, and it's not hard to see why. There are so many beautiful ladies, it's mind boggling. The campus is also very diverse in interests and social life, but everyone tends to enjoy a good party. That said, it's not hard to find kids that just like to hang out. Overall, the student population is wonderful, and you will feel like you belong no matter what.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I have lived in Wisconsin my whole life so the winters don't bother me. The other three seasons of the year are very beautiful as the campus is along a beautiful lake. Winters can be a bit chilling and snowy, though.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Though there are many races, ethnicities, and religions on campus, they are not highlighted or celebrated. Being part of a biracial couple, I have experienced very few issues on campus. However, outside of campus, people are less accepting.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus can be strict. For Halloween, no outsiders are allowed inside the dorms. The night before my boyfriend spent the night because we didn't have any clue what the date was. The next day when they came to check for dorm keys to make sure everybody in the dorms was a dorm resident, he didn't have a key. Instead of asking us to leave once, they immediately castigated only me. They punished me by making me report to the Residence Life Coordinator twice.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I am from wisconsin so I find it bearable. It is nice in the fall and spring, it can get wicked cold in the winter. We rarely have snow days because they are efficient at snow removal.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There is wifi in all the buildings now, but because there are so many students, it can be slow. Almost every building has a computer lab. Every single building has at least one computer for student use.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt in danger at UW-Madison. There are police poles all over, there are well lit walk ways, there are buses that go all over campus and there is a system in place to be picked up and walked back to your room if you feel unsafe. The response time for the police is quick. There are key swipes outside the dorms and some inside for safety.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Just off campus lies State Street, a haven for foodies. You will have no problem finding a wonderful, unique meal here.

5 College Senior

Transportation: The available public transit option is buses and they are all free for students by going to the Union South and receiving your student transit card.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Once you are enrolled, applying for scholarships is completely online and very simple. I received a scholarship after applying this past fall.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: State Street is super close to campus and offers a wide variety of dining choices. They have everything from turkish cuisine to mexican. My favorite spot to go with friends is to Ian's pizza. They literally put anything on a pizza from mac and cheese to french fries, and a HUGE slice only costs 3.50. Perfect for a college budget.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It was easy to apply to my major. I was admitted to the correct school as a freshman, so all I had to do was fill out paperwork to declare my major. My only problem is that I have two advisors and no one ever explained to me why this is.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: UW Madison has many different ethnics from many different countries, but still most of students are white. I am a international student from Korea. I did not have any problem making friends in campus. People are very nice and i love them. A lot of people are democrat, but i often see republican student, as i know there is republican clubs, too.
I sometimes see christian or some other religious back ground, but i usually see atheist.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus life in Madison is well balanced. My classes aren't too hard so i have time do something else than studying 24/7. There is 2 big gym in Madison. one in Southeast is bigger than one in Lakeshore. However, one in Lakeshore gym has everything i need to work out.
I don't usually use libraries. i used library few time in Madison because my laptop was broken. Library has many computers to use so i didn't have to wait single second to use computer.
Also good thing in Madison is club activities. i was in fencing club, and i had learned quite a bit and had a lot of fun

College Freshman

Majors: i have plan to do internship, but right now i don't have much idea.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am glad that i am enrolled in university of Wisconsin Madison. I love students, professors, and classes in Madison. I already miss my school and can't wait till go back to school. well i am freshman so i do not have a lot of experience so i do not know that i will do all over again. however, i will miss my school a lot. i am undecided on career, but i know i want to get in to Business school. finding jobs in my field of study will require me a lot of leadership and studying


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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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