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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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Reviews 1989 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love this school. I plan to go into research as a career and find that this school has plenty of opportunities for research as an undergrad.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: My specific program is very hard. As a Biochemistry major I have to take seven semesters of Chemistry, four of Biology, and a year of Biochemistry. The work load is pretty hard, but you have the University requirements to balance out all the science classes that you need to take. The one good thing about my major is that if you survive the four years, you have basically unlimited job opportunities after you graduate.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: While there are plenty of bars and clubs around the campus area, those who are 21 are able to enjoy the two Unions located on either end of the campus. Both of these Unions offer free movies year round, and both have plenty of restaurants located inside that are open late for nighttime studying.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Madison Metro bus system spans the entire city and offers a wide range of route options. Many of the buses that operate exclusively in the campus area are free to anybody who needs a lift. All UW Madison students receive a free bus pass every semester, which definitely helps keep down the cost of transportation.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: This winter, the bus service closed down due to the snowstorm during finals week, leaving many students with no way to get to their finals which were still scheduled, and the only advice the school offered was to take a cab (the taxi service was closed as well, so that wasn't helpful either). Many students were forced to walk miles to their finals through blizzard like conditions, and they were the lucky ones that could actually walk to their finals. I can't imagine what the students who lived outside of the city did. Transportation is generally prompt and good, but because of this horrible incident, I think an F is suitable.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Madison is a very liberal and diverse city. We are right by the capital building so we have person of many political beliefs involved on campus. I used to be a bartender and I served Caucasians, Africans, African Americans, Latinos, Middle Eastern, etc. From what I have experienced, our campus is quite acceptancing.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Madison is full of entertainment. From visiting the great views around campus to museums to galleries to performances of all kinds. Also, you can usually find some kind of sporting event happening. Restaurants and bars are on close to every corner. There is always something to do. Safety is rarely an issue because campus police make themselves visible and do a great job. Just find yourself a group of Badgers to show you the Madison ways and you are guaranteed to have a great time.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: We have a street that is basically dominated by Greek houses. It's a good place to find a party should you be searching for one. Greek students are viewed here mostly as rich coasties and bros. That's basically all the prevalence they have on campus until Humerology comes around where many non-Greeks find them quite obnoxious.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Like any other university, Madison is very strict when it comes to academic conduct. Basically, if the idea is yours, props to you, if its not, CITE IT !!! And don't cheat. It's definately not worth it. Also, don't get caught drinking underage at the student union. If you do, your student ID number is taken down and handed over to the dean. Nobody wants that.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: i received a lot more than expected. going to this college saved me a lot of money and was well worth it. i appreciated the financial aid and how much it helped.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So much good dining in Madison, especially on State Street. State has a ton of ethnic dining, and it's usually not too crazy expensive since this is a college town. Some stores and restaurants have student discounts, or if you have a RedCard plan you can pay at many places with that. Off-campus dining might as well be on campus it's so close. Make sure to check out Mia Za's for some good cheap Italian food!

3 College Freshman

Majors: I am pretty satisfied with my program. I am planning on being an English and Communication Arts double major with the goal of either being a high school english teacher or going into screenwriting for television. Thus far I have enjoyed my classes, but it is a real pain having to do all of the irrelevant liberal arts breadth requirements. I have an internship for the summer, but I did not get it through the school. I think that in such a large university, you need to be very careful to pick relevant classes and monitor your four year plan and goals, because the advisors are not always super helpful so you need to be a bit self-sufficient.

2 College Freshman

Weather: REALLY varies by season. Madison is insanely beautiful during pretty much every season but winter. It's pretty cool to see campus after the first snow, but 20 minute walks to class are a real bummer when the temperatures drop into the negatives and you have to trudge through snow. Honestly though, you really get used to it, and after a few weeks it won't even bother you.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you don't go Greek it really isn't a big deal. The girls I know involved in greek life are all pretty nice, and it's not super cliquey, more-so just a good way to make some friends. The frats do have a lot of the parties on campus so it doesn't hurt to join if you're a guy, but if you choose not to it really won't hurt your social life.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is definitely a variety of boys to choose from being at such a large school, and something for everyone. There is a surprising population of hipster-ish guys around campus for the midwest, and no shortage of good looking men. The girls as a whole are generally pretty good looking too. Everyone around campus looks athletic and fit, despite such a large amount of partying interest.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The dining options are almost overwhelming. From Mediterranean to Chinese to Brazilian to Italian to Indian, Madison offers the larget variety of food choices I have ever seen. Walking up State Street, you will find hundreds of choices before you reach the State Capitol. The cost is geared towards college kids with daily deals and specials. My favorite place to eat is the Parthenon, a Greek restaurant with gyros as their specialty.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Varisty sports at Wisconsin are some of the best in the nation. The football team is going back to the Rosebowl for the third year in a row, the women's hockey team are national champs, the men's track team won the Big 10 title, and the rowing team has sent many of their athletes to the Olympics. The fans have broken national records with our attendance. Each workout facility is up-to-date and specifically designed for each sport. We work hard in school so we can play hard on the field. ON WISCONSIN!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I recieved a fair amount of financial aid, but it is a long process and somewhat confusing. You must stay on top of the filing process to be a qualified applicant. I feel like the best thing to do is have regular appointments with the financial aid office and get your parents involved. Free money (like grants) are out there, but hard to obtain!

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Some Greek life is only there for guys and girls to get super wasted from parties and be obnoxious, at Madison a lot of this is contained on Langdon so if you want a party to get wasted at that's the place to go. There are fraternities and sororities that aren't focused on this but mainly used for community service, network events between frats and sororities and with outside communities.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I don't know too much about this but I have heard you get written up for underage drinking in dorms if its your 3rd or 4th time depending on the house fellow, the police are called and receive a fine. For drugs I believe for that you automatically get in touch with the police. Again I'm not sure.

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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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