Madison, WI
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$26,628 ($10,378)
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Reviews 1989 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: They Are Great – All of the facilities are beautiful! The libraries are big and have a lot of history! The South East Recreational Facility is a great place to work out! Camp Randall and the Kohl Center have great sports atmospheres and are the perfect place to cheer for the Badgers!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It Is Amazing – The campus is absolutely beautiful! The food is really good and not very expensive! The football and basketball teams are good and there are a lot of fun and friendly people here. Everything about UW Madison is awesome!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Good Balance Between Strictness and Lenience – The campus strictness doesn't seem so lenient to the point where you can do anything you want and get away with it, but it is a good balance between making sure you are on task and keeping your academics up and also allows you to have fun while you are on campus. There are a good amount of parties that don't get busted, RA's are pretty calm for the most part, and the police seem pretty friendly

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great Place to Live – The housing process is very easy and very structured so that it makes it simpler for the staff and the students. The dorm I live in (Ogg Hall) has very spacious rooms, and is close to a lot. Lake Mendota is only a 3 minute walk. Gordon's dining hall is spectacular and right across the street. All of the southeast residential buildings are in a great location, and while some don't have the luxury of air conditioning like Ogg does, it's a great community to live in. Lake shore area is beautiful, but it isn't as close. Lakeshore area also has good dining halls!

3 College Junior

Transportation: Get a Bus Pass – Because campus is long and skinny, and the busses pass right through it, the best way to maneuver campus is by bus. There are free busses that circulate on campus during the academic year, and about a dozen other regular busses. The bus pass is included in tuition for all students, and it takes 5 minutes to pick up at the beginning of the semester. For non-traditional students who don't recieve a bus pass, its still a good idea to take the bus--it costs $2 a ride, and extended passes, like a 10-ride card or month pass, are available throughout Madison at reduced rates. Biking is pretty big in Madison, with most streets having a dedicated bike lane. For those that come from out of state, it might seem like a good idea to bring a car, but parking on campus is very limited, so I would suggest leaving the car at home, or parked off campus if not living in a dorm.

College Junior

Campus Dining: Not a Dorm-Dweller – I have no way to review food on campus--I don't live in a dorm, I've never been in a dining hall, and have never used a campus meal plan. I did use a meal plan at a previous college, and for the cost, you're better off without it.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food on State – State Street is the only place to get any food around campus, and while there is a pretty good variety to choose from, after a couple of weeks you've exhausted everything and have to start over. There are some sub shops scattered around near campus, and a McDonald's south of campus, but let's be honest--the food sucks. The Red Card Meal Plan is kind of convenient to have for eating on State Street, but the discounts are always really random.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: EASY and FAST!! I remember when I started to do FAFSA, BOY! was that a pain. It was the longest process EVER!! However, the good part is that the system saves your information from the previous year so you'll only need to change what is necessary to keep your info updated. I've always been on top of making sure that I get my financial aid info done and sent in EARLY. Every time that I've done so far for the past 3 years, I've always been covered with mainly all grants plus work-study which is something I have to work for. So to speak, the university does an excellent job making sure that students are financially covered especially if your a minority.

WARNING!!! If you choose to do scholarships, the cash awards are best in this case. Why?? Well, if it's a check written to you then your in luck because your school can't track that. BUT!!! If the money is sent to your school, they now have the ability to take out any grants or substitute any loans you have to make sure that you have what is "NEEDED" for you to go to school. It's sad to know that if you've earned more money through scholarships, you'll only be receiving what you need. What ever is extra--I believe-- is for the school to then disburse that to other students who are in need of financial assistance.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safety Is #1 – I've always felt comfortable here on campus. Though there has been reports of theft and violence that's occurred. But like any campus, I'm sure there's always a downside to something. I would suggest to always have a buddy with you at night. Since the campus is big, we do have a service that helps send out people to walk you from the library to your dorm. We have the night bus that runs until morning to make sure students who live kind of off campus grounds have some transportation to take them closer to home if not all the way. Plus, there's always cop cars at night just doing their nightly routine especially on state street, which brings up another note to keep in mind.

Our university is also known to be a place where there's a lot of booze and what not. I don't particularly think it's dangerous but at times and certain areas I would definitely advise to void for safety reasons. This points to another issue as well. Theft!! Please oh please make sure that anything very valuable to you must and should be left at home. I guess one exception would be your laptop. Many things gets stolen here on campus and it because students walk away from their belonging for a few seconds or they forget it. Of course, people shouldn't be stealing in the first place, but they can't help it when they see a 1g laptop or a $200 iphone or ipad. I say, "USE COMMON SENSE". It's human nature to steal and if you lose something you lose something. You learn from it and become smarter about what you lost. Overall, the university is safe and secure. I really think everyone is always looking out for each other which is a really good thing to know.

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4 College Senior

Computers: I love the computers here on campus!!!! We've now upgraded to faster and better computers. I believe we now have Macs. Since, we have over 40 libraries in and around campus, we have more than enough computers. Better yet, our campus allows us to rent out laptops as well. This may make you wonder about our connection reliability. I will say that the connection on campus is fast. Of course, there may be a few times were it might take a few seconds longer to load a page, but other than this, the network is an A++. Just a reminder, only students or those who are apart of the University is allowed to connect to the internet, which helps prevent overload with the internet connection.

As for printing, there are a few HOT SPOTS were you could print for free but most places do require you to pay 10 cents for b&w and maybe a few more cents for color. I've never had a problem with printing because I'm always in those HOT SPOTS.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UW-Madison Is a Place of Discovery – I love this university because of the diversity that consists on campus. I've always felt comfortable and able to voice out my concerns. Therefore, I really believe that the school policy does a great job stressing on the importance about equality and diversity, which is a plus for me because I'm bi-cultural. Other than this, this university is known for their research credentials. Having been here for 3 years, I have to say that there's still a lot more about this University that still have yet to explore and that's because we're always expanding!!! New buildings, new dorms, and better roads!!

What's even better is that there's always something going on everyday. The events that occur on campus open up more opportunities for students to explore and expand their network. I've learned so much about what services are offered to students in need of help, medical assistance, or homework related.

Besides this, I've met so many exchanged students and made many friends of different ethnicity. This helped pushed me to step outside my bubble and build relationships that will help me find more connections or jobs even after college. As you probably already realized, I am loving my experience here at UW-Madison. It's the perfect place to challenge yourself in an environment with other strong and committed students.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: State Street Is Great – state street in madison has plenty of fantastic places to eat, with a good variety, not just one type of food.

4 College Junior

Majors: The professors are all very knowledgeable, and there are opportunities for internships.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Run Run as Fast as You Can – Expensive city. Everything injected with partisan politics. University alienating itself from the state so future funding is questionable. Many professors don't care. The academics are good, but no better than other Midwest choices. Go somewhere else if you would pay out of state tuition. If would pay in state tuition, it might be worth putting up the University.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Ok but Repetitive – The food is alright but nothing special. You have a variety of different options but healthy and not healthy. You don't need to buy a meal plan if you don't feel like you will be eating in dining halls often.

3 College Junior

Transportation: There are no campus shuttles just city buses. They come often but they are often full. The best option is just to walk because most things are within walking distance.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of campus. You often see them on campus and there are parties every weekend. If you are not interested in being Greek this campus is also good for you because you are free to do what you want and there are many people who are not greek.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The schoool is large, and therefore, there is a lot of competition for the financial awards given out during the year. The process is online, and is easy enough to understand, but the school does not readily inform you when the application opens to students. It is a timely commitment to make, but well worth it if it turns out in your favor.
If you have any trouble with it, the financial aid department at Madison is extremely friendly, and always willing to help.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived in off campus housing during my first year, and am looking forward to my second. The pricing is usually a bit less than the dorms, however the apartments have more to offer. They generally have more living space and cooking facilities. In a dorm, you are not allowed to cook in your room, and are forced to enter the meal plans the campus offers. Apartment life saves money in this aspect because the meal plans at UW-Madison are mildly outrageous.
Apartments are incredibly easy to find as they are all over the campus area, though no matter where you are on the campus, parking is difficult to find and generally very expensive. Such is life in Madison.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: None Known – I have not run across any occurances in this area.


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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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