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

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Going to UW Madison was one of the best decisions I have ever made. As someone from out of state, I was completely welcomed by all of my professors and new friends when I got to school. Getting involved in everything possible is the best at UW. Go greek, join a club, join a team, do anything to get involved. The school is placed between the lake and the capitol and could not be more beautiful. State Street is the perfect environment for college students. It is fun and safe all at the same time. I would tell anyone to go to UW Madison because I know anyone could be truly happy here. There is really someone for everyone at this school. People complain about the weather, but it really does not even put a damper on how amazing the school is. If anything, it makes it way more fun. Go badgers!

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Depends where you live but honestly most of the apartments and houses people live in are nice. Nothing is too over priced, the midwest is good with reasonable prices for students.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Best in the country...correction: best in the world.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food in Wisconsin is awesome. Ians pizza is my jam and so is babcock ice cream. You have to watch how much you eat though!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Best College Experience Ever – This is the absolute best college experience. nothing will compare to your first year at Madison.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Good Looking People – Good looking people, lots of parties. most fun first year possible.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Too Practical – Not in very good locations and are not used very often

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good Availability and Quality – Lots of different option available through the food plan.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Madison is a very difficult city to drive and park in. There is no parking available for dorm residence on campus, and off campus residence pay an arm and a leg for a parking spot. Meter parking can get expensive.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Letters & Sciences Honors – I am in the Honors Program with the College of Letters and Science. The Honors Program provides endless opportunities to expand your educational experience. For example- every week they hold discussions and presentation sessions with some of the universities most outstanding professors. They also offer classes open only to Honor students, which provides an accelerated course with smaller class sizes and more one-on-one professor interaction. Great for networking and opportunities.

College Freshman

Majors: Have Not Had an Internship. I have not had an internship or apprenticeship yet. I do plan on applying for an internship next summer or the summer after. I am most concerned about the competition for internships.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Huge Variety of Dining Choices – You can find food from all over the world in Madison. The dining culture in Madison is very integrated into and plays a huge part in the college life.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms – The freshman dorms are teeny tiny rooms, but most of the upperclassman ones or private residence halls are much bigger and more inviting, as well as less like being at camp.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Madtown Has Mad Eats – The diversity of the restaurants on State Street alone is worth the A+ rating.
At Takara on State Street you can get a roll of sushi for $5. They cook it in front of you and it's less than grocery store prices!
Mia-Za's and Ian's Pizza are campus favorites. Everyone goes to the Nitty Gritty on their birthday for burgers (and free drinks)!

I personally am a big fan of the food carts on Library Mall (right outside the UW-Bookstore on nice days). The carts on any particular day vary but so far I've enjoyed all of them. You get a lot for your money, too!

For breakfast when your family comes to visit or a nice morning outing with friends try Mickey's. It's super cheap with huge portions and it's right next to the Red Hotel near Camp Randall.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: College Sports Town Central – One huge difference between Madison and most schools are the sports teams. Out football team has made it to the Rose Bowl two years in a row now, and our basketball team almost always makes the NCAA March Madness tournament. It really helps increase the school spirit at Madison and it's pretty awesome to go to some of the huge games.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Biochemistry Department Advising – I am in the Biochemistry program and I'd say it's wonderful. I have a major adviser, Dan, and he helps a lot. Because he is the major adviser he knows his stuff and is willing to do almost anything to get his students ahead. They also have a Biochemistry Scholar program, which helps puts Biochem majors into research labs. I'd say this program is great.

College Freshman

Majors: Haven't Been Exploring Yet – Madison does a pretty good job of making internships available to students. They always hold a career and internship fair every semester to get prospective employers on campus and interacting with students, so I'd say it seems like it's relatively easy to get an internship.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: While Madison has a lot of programs in place to draw minorities in, there are not a lot of minorities on campus. There are a decent amount, but the white students on campus are definitely over powering.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'd say that there is definitely a wide variety of majors here. However, there are some majors that are basically impossible to graduate in four years. Many students do not get into certain schools, like Education, Journalism, and Kinesology because they don't meet the requirements so they are forced to graduate in five years which kind of sucks. I would keep an eye out to make sure you are meeting your requirements so you can graduate on time.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Be Careful – If you know where you going make sure you go with a group of friends. There is always a party and a nightlife in Wisconsin but, because how big the campuses are you should always go in groups and be careful where you leave your drink and who you leave with. Also don't let the night life take over your life, set aside maybe one or two nights a week and the rest for studies

3 College Senior

Facilities: Bathrooms Are Clean but Need More – The bathrooms are always very clean and stalls are open. However, when your on the second floor you need to go all the way back downstairs. It nice that downstairs there is bathrooms all over the place. One complaint I do have is why are the bathrooms by the theatre, EXTREMELY better than the ones the students are suppose to use. I mean we pay more than a person who is buying a ticket does so we should get the better bathrooms.

3 College Senior

Parking: Not to Great – They did not have enough parking and so people would have to park on the street and we would be late for class. So c+ because there was parking but not much and than we get charged alot just for parking a little on the grass. Plus if you do not go like ahead of time by half hour you will not get a spot on time.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Food – The food program on campus for dorm students is very reasonable. The meals are varied. They are building a huge new dorm that will include additional meal options.

3 College Freshman

Weather: On the Lake – The majority of dorms are around the lake so it gets pretty cold in winter. It is really nice in the fall and spring though and the views are great!

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Competitive, and I Haven't Really Tried Yet – The school has scholarships specific to students here i know, but i haven't applied for any.


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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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