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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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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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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining options are fantastic on campus! The dining halls are used more by students who live in dorms- mostly freshman and sophomores because of the dining housing accounts that comes along with living in dorms. There are many dining halls around campus and each all have a great variety of foods to choose from. Dining halls do lack a substantial menu for vegetarians and gluten free/ food allergies. However the dining halls are working toward a more food allergy/ gluten free focused menu. Dining halls are a great option for students living in dorms, but if you don't live in dorms you have to pay a little bit more for food there. Most upperclassmen eat at various restaurants or go grocery shopping.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: UW Madison has fantastic nightlife! Parties are always going on Thursday though Saturday nights. Bars and Clubs are always open late on the weekends and are in a central location- State Street area. Transportation is okay until around ten at night for bus transportation, otherwise one must rely on the taxi service, which is not well known around campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't too big on the UW campus. If people are doing drugs its mostly smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: What's important to note is that there are two, drastically different "neighborhoods" on campus, Southeast and Lakeshore. Southeast is closer to downtown Madison and State Street, while Lakeshore dorms are all very close to the shoreline of Lake Mendota. The lifestyle of Southeast dorms tends to be a lot more social, while Lakeshore is a bit quieter and reserved. I live in Lakeshore and often wish I'd lived in Southeast, but realize that Lakeshore has its advantages of being closer to the nature available on campus and the fact that it's quiet when I come back to the dorm at night.
As for the buildings themselves, unless you live in DeJope, Ogg, Smith, or the new hall being built in the Lakeshore neighborhood, all the rooms are typically the same size and have the same features. Don't expect to have a ton of room for your stuff and everybody has to share bathrooms with at least a few other people.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: As I'm still a freshman, I don't really know the whole process of applying to get into a program. Maybe that's a problem. I feel like I should know by now exactly how to apply to a specific school or declare my major, but don't know yet. Part of that is my own fault, though, that I haven't gone to try to figure it all out. You have to apply to the different schools here though and that's a stressful thought because I get nervous wondering about what will happen if I don't get into my major.
If you're sure about what you want to major in, look up the graduation requirements and start taking any classes you can take that coincide with the major just to give yourself a head start before you apply.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a drug scene on campus, but only if you're actively looking for it. I wouldn't say that you're just going to fall into it, and looking at it like that, I'd say our campus is pretty safe. Nobody is going to pressure you into anything, and you're not likely to stumble upon it unless you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: You really can't beat Big 10 athletics. I strongly suggest buying season tickets to either football, basketball, or hockey. The atmospheres of each sport are distinctly different, and I'd say I prefer the hockey atmosphere the most. Our fans are ruthless and getting involved in the cheers we have makes you feel like you're really making an impact on the team's performance. Definitely make it a priority to go to at least one game of each of the big three sports.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There really are computers available everywhere, and they've done a great job of expanding the wifi to all the dorms and every building on campus. So, if you've got a laptop, you're set. If not, there are plenty of computers available in the dorms, and even more in the many libraries on campus.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's usually pretty good! It's just on the days that it snows that it starts to get difficult because they don't plow or salt the sidewalks very well and sometimes the buses stop running.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are all kinds of fraternities and sororities with a whole street just for the houses. They are very well known on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I have met people of all different races and sexual orientations on this campus. Coming here was the first time in my life where I didn't feel like such a majority anymore.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is a lot to do for students 21 and older but if you are under that age, there tends to be much less available. However there are concerts, plays, clubs, and many other activities that can fill in during the nights.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy the topic matter of the program, however I think the system could be formatted differently. I do not think it is efficient to take two years to finally start the actual program. I think certain classes in the program should be offered along the way.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The people who run this campus know what they are doing.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a free bus for around campus, it can get pretty crowded though. However, the campus provides all students with a free bus pass that allows for riding the city busses for free!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I see a lot of parties and the like down where the Greeks live, but it is pretty easy to avoid if that isn't your thing.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Hard to find a spot on weekends and to have a spot for the whole year is expensive, around 120/month.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Wisconsin is one of the best schools in the country for athletics. Students have so much pride and game days are crazy.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of awesome restaurants around and it is very convenient to get to them. State street is a great place to eat, but it can sometimes get expensive to eat out frequently.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a ton of computer labs on campus. I've never had to worry about not finding a spot. They are pretty up to date and I like that they aren't MAC, since Windows is easier to understand and more of the standard. I also got $30 worth of printing this semester, which is great! The printers here are fast and I've never really seen a break-down of one of them. The internet connection is very fast too. Lastly, we have a computer lab that is open 24/7, so that is one of the most amazing resources!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: This is the first time I have taken over 12 credits (14 credits now) and I'm finding it far easier than I thought to manage them. Some of the best advice I ever got was to take at least 15 credits. Doing so poses two benefits for you: 1. You are on track for graduation, 2. If you decide to drop a class, you're still a full-time student and your Financial Aid is not affected! Also, most universities have banded tuition, meaning if you take 12 credits (full-time), it is the exact same amount of money as if you took 18! Isn't that awesome? So, take advantage of these things! This is my first experience at my campus, so I'm still figuring it all out, but I would highly advise keeping in contact with your advisor because there's a lot more that you don't know than you do know!

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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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