Madison, WI
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$26,628 ($10,378)
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Reviews 1984 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Student Unions – union south is new and a lot to do there, memorial union on lake mendota is a great place

3 College Freshman

Academics: the fig program is a set of classes with the same students in the same classes a ready made study group

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Lots of Things to Do – when not in school there is so many things to do no matter what your interests

4 College Junior

Facilities: UW-Madison offers an abundance of extra curricular activities along with many clubs for all types of people. The university makes its students aware of all of these opportunities throughout the year and encourages its students to participate in any way possible with the community.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Excellent School If You're a Sports Person – Our football team is awesome, obviously. Rose bowl two years in a row? Hell yeah. Even though we didn't win, making it is just above all other schools amazing. Also good in basketball and hockey. School spirit? State Street is always filled with red. And Bucky badger is always at events supporting the students. There are two facilities, one on each end of campus and also a separate facility for athletes.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Lienant Punishments – Personally I've never got caught for anything (drug use, underage drinking etc, fighting) but maybe I was just discreet? Any who there are tons of underage drinkers here an lots of people who use drugs. I do know that if you plagiarize you will definitely get in trouble if caught. UW uses a anti plagiarizing system, so do your own work!

2 College Senior

Diversity: They try to say the university is diverse, and I guess if you're from a small town with a homogenous population you would think it is diverse. There are a good amount of international students but still, the amount of minorities vs. Caucasian outweighs that. It's just a white school with some specs here and there. But there are a lot of different perspectives, religions etc. if that makes any difference.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I am in the second year of campus housing. I started in dorms as a freshman and are now in the apartment style housing on campus. I love the housing options and the convenience of location to class. I am dissappointed at the lack of effort to place students with appropriate room mates. They ask you to fill out a detailed profile about your self and promise to use this to do the best they can to put someone with like interests together. However for the second year in a row I have been placed with a room mate that is polar opposite to my profile.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Student Aid – I worked with my Mother to apply and received a minimum amount but the aid arrived and was applied appropriately.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: None Existant – We have a pretty isolated campus and there really is not any dining near by. A ten minute drive to the closest chain restraunt.

3 College Senior

Academics: Very interesting topics studied, various courses offered. I loved my english class where they would change the topic each semester. (It was a writing class) The topics were of great interest, especially to those in the science field.

2 College Senior

Parking: The parking pass is outrageous and half the time you can't even find a spot, might as well just park off campus and walk. Make sure to get there early.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Always Something to Do – I absolutely love the city of Madison and always have. State Street is a great place to hang out, but there are always free movies at the union, the farmers market on Saturdays and concerts every week. On and around campus people are very friendly and accepting of students.

4 College Junior

Majors: Super Easy – I have two majors (political science and communication arts) and both were relatively easy to apply for. Political science was solely filling out a form declaring that you wanted to major in political science. Communication arts had a GPA requirement and when filling out the form, you had to declare which track of communication arts you wanted to go into. The journalism and business schools have a much more involved and more difficult process.

3 College Junior

Weather: Depends on the Time of Year – If you're from Wisconsin, or the midwest or east coast, then you'll be used to the weather in Madison. It rains, it snows, it's hot, it's cold. I'd say the worst part about the winter is walking up Bascom hill in the snow and the cold and the wind. But as soon as the weather gets nice in the spring, there isn't enough time to spend outside.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Decent, but Nothing Special – There is a decent variety between all the different dining halls but depending on where you live, you probably just end up going to the same place every day. The food is fine; there are some really great dishes and then some that are just terrible.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Better Search Elsewhere – There are a few scholarships offered from UW but only the best of the best will receive it. I did, however, receive a nice grant just for choosing the school. Was quite easy to accept it. Finding scholarships outside of that has been difficult.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Limited Collection of Clubs – On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, there is a wide selection of places to be. State street is always a safe bet. There are also a few clubs away from State that are also great. But clubs are only open until bar close. Madison is big, but it's no Chicago where clubs are open until 4. Being a big college town, there are always frat parties on weekends as well. However, during the week, things can get rather slow but you can still find decent drink specials if you need that mid-week fix.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Strong International Alumni – Walking through he university you will not find one race dominant over another. The most common ethnic groups I see are Asian and Indian cultures. I strongly believe they outnumber the Caucasian student body. There are strong political parties on campus both hammering out their beliefs as well as numerous church groups doing the same thing. There are a few churches on campus. A few student organizations are designated to be LGBT friendly as well as a few clubs and bars around the area.

4 College Senior

Academics: Competitive and Challenging Atmosphere Providing Breadth of Knowledge and Opportunities – Being among other Mass Communication and Mass Media majors inspires a sense of competition and healthy rivalry, usually stemming from the students' fervent desires to break into the media industry. From sports fanatics to reality TV junkies to film buffs, the drive is present throughout, which motivates me while also providing a healthy dose of intimidation. The lecturers, TAs, and professors are all noticeably passionate and knowledgeable in their subject areas and are equally as concerned with the well-being and academic performance of every student. The material covered is appropriate, relevant, challenging, and interesting, which leads me to believe that if I continue to pursue this career path, I'll be well prepared to take on what's expected of me in the future.

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: The beginning of the year starts off humid and hot. SO the walk to class will leave sweat stains in your clothes. Hopefully you used a good deodorant. Fall is pretty decent as the the walk to class will keep a toasty body temperature that can ignore the morning chill. Winter can be brutal. Last year we had a mild winter with little snow so it wasn't all that bad. But I don't think we'll be so lucky again this year. So heavy snowfall, gusty winds and bitter wind chills will force even the toughest people to bundle up.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: So Many Cool Places! Madison is thriving with things to do! Whether its relaxing on the terrace, rock climbing at Union South, using the new study lounge in Wendt Library, or just walking through the arboritum, You will never be without a thing to do!

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Madison, Wi isn't as diverse as I would like. White is definitely the main race around, but there is a big emphasis on trying to encourage diversity in students. Its working its way there!

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's a Fun Place to Be – The nightlife at UW is awesome! The parties are fun, frats are nice, and there aren't a lot of parties that get busted, so it's a great place to have as much fun as you want!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: A Good Balance – UW is very good about setting you up for study abroad opportunities and internships. The campus life is always fun and exciting with a ton of things to do! There are student organizations, intramural sports, etc. There is a ton of stuff to do during the day as well as at night! A fun and studious atmosphere, the perfect balance.


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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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