Madison, WI
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$26,628 ($10,378)
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Reviews 2100 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Not Very Strict – I haven't noticed the school being any more strict than any other school, the rules seem pretty standard.

5 College Senior

Weather: It Snows a Lot – It snows a lot winter is from about November to April. But it's really nice weather the rest of the year.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Wonderful Professors – Academics are wonderful at the University of Wisconsin. Professors are very helpful they are always available through email or after class.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – There is a lot to do here. Lots of resturaunts and shops near the campus, plus it's not too far from parks and lake Michigan.

1 College Senior

Parking: There is NO parking! Most people take the bus or get dropped off because parking is awful. If your driving I would definitely get there 30 minutes early just to get a parking spot.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety Concerns – One of the main safety concerns comes from the busy streets in Madison, at least from my experience. While there are areas that can be dangerous to be walking alone (such as lakeshore path), another concern is primarily streets surrounding state street. Many students can get out of hand if drinking and, while walking past them, there lies a possibility of being harassed. There is also a possibility of being harassed by some of the homeless as well. Although, many of the students and homeless are harmless, I have seen many people feel threatened. Sometimes they have a reason to, and other times they are overreacting. Nonetheless there is always a possibility while living in such a busy city of feeling threatened in one way or the other.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Madison – Downtown Madison offers many shops and restaurants to satisfy a variety of fashions and cravings. Its malls are excellent features as well, and they are only a bus ride away from campus.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Anything You Want! Madison has a wide variety of dining options. On State Street, you can find anything from Tibetan cuisine to amazing burgers. There are restaurants for every price range and occasion. It's hard to eat in the dining halls because there are so many options off-campus!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: So Much to Do – Madison is a huge city and it is the capital of Wisconsin. It is a beautiful city. The only problem is there is always construction and renovations going on which take away from the beauty of the city. There are tons of things you can do including: shopping, dining, sailing, fishing, hiking, and many other activities.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties Are the Way to Go – Parties are way cheaper. They usually charge you 5 dollars for a cup and you can drink as much as you want with that cup. Also, you don't have to wait in long lines outside the bars to get in.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are the Best Option – All University of Wisconsin students receive a free bus pass that will take them anywhere in the city. All the buses numbered in the 80s are free for everyone in the city.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Great Safety – I've never felt unsafe here on campus. There's a SAFEwalk service that will walk you back anytime at night. Everyone on campus is so smart that people dont generally infringe on other peoples safety. Even though the partying sometimes gets out of hand, everyone has resources and people to get them home, on campus, safely. I've left my doors unlocked plenty of times in the dorms and never had a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of Wisconsities – The majority of our student body is made up of white students who grew up in WI or surrounding midwestern states. We do take pride in our large diversity. There are plenty of exchange students and many ethnicities and races represented, but a lot of students are still proud, Wisconsin born-and-raised students.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Always Changing – No matter what the weather is doing it is always beautiful. With beautiful warm fall & spring days spending time outside is enjoyable. In the winter there's always snow which is great too! With such a variety of weather, its never boring here!

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Little Role in Everyday Activities – Sometimes they'll host little events for their philanthropy but asides from that they don't have a role on campus unless you're a part of the greek life. Sure, the fraternities host parties on weekends, but Greek life isn't that predominant.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Badger Pride! I love my college and everything about it! I didn't know anything about this college or have any "pride" before coming here, but a month later I was like a different person.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Try a Lot of Classes – Figure out what you're into! I only just figured out what I wanted to major in about a month ago, so I can't rate this.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: It Depends on YOU – It all depends on the class, professor, personal interest, etc. The registration process gives students with more credits an earlier registration date, which may seem unfair to freshmen, but it's the most logical way of doing it. There are hundreds of little hidden study areas around campus, so look out for random locations!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of Variety! There are a lot of under 21 kids sneaking into certain bars, but I'm holding off on bars until I'm 21, but there are plenty of bars open for people to go to. I like the atmosphere at house and greek life parties better anyways! If you're not into that scene, there are plenty of other activities going on at night run by student organizations and other groups.

1 College Sophomore

Academics: UW Colleges Online – The curriculum is laughable. There are better lectures on Wikipedia. There are no video lectures (it is 2012 at time of writing BTW). Over half the course (and grade) is discussion boards. These boards are encouraged to be conversational but are graded extremely subjectively. Depending on the course, these discussions cancel out any flexibility of online courses because there may be multiple a day that you have to participate in. Oh yeah, extremely lazy and irrelevant feedback from professors. Also, school policy is courses have to be paid for 100% up front, good luck for any student expecting to utilize aid, such as veterans.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Health and Safety Systems Are Great – The health and safety systems at University of Wisconsin work hard to make sure that all the students are safe and healthy. Night life on campus is almost constant and the walkways are well lit so its a relatively safe environment. The health system provides free services that are not only efficient but they are also insightful and helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Everywhere you turn on campus, whether its one of the class room buildings, a library, or one of the unions, you'll always be able to find an accessible computer. If you prefer to use your own computer, there is WiFi in pretty much every building.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everywhere you go on campus you'll see something new and different. Whether its a group of people working out or its people advertising their clubs and organizations there's always fun and exciting things going on.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Not Huge – There's plenty of sororities and frats at Madison but the scene isn't greek based.

2 College Junior

Athletics: At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee sports are not a really big thing. I rarely hear about any sports events happening.


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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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