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Madison, WI
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28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
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Average
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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.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's College – Drinking and drugs are a part of any college, i'm not going to lie and say they aren't, and i'm not going to judge by whether people consume them or not. Make your own choices, that's all that matters.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Better Than on Campus – With it being in madison, you have tons of choices with state street and other places just off state, and there is lots of variety, but it is kind of expensive in my opinion. Especially if eaten everyday.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: No matter what your type, you'll find someone at Wisconsin for you! We have a lot of students from cities like Milwaukee, Chicago and the Twin Cities, and we have a large population of people from small towns. One common interest of the majority of students is partying. Be ready.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Are the Best – Travelling around Madison is very easy. Our segregated fees pay for bus passes that allow us to get on any bus in the city for free. There are special buses that through campus, and they run at night so that students have a safe way of getting home after parties. There are coach buses that leave from the Memorial Union several times a day that go to Milwaukee, the twin cities, Chicago, and everywhere in between. Tickets on these buses are free with a student ID. There's also a regional airport on the east side of Madison that flies all over the country.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Go Badgers! Sports at Wisconsin are a huge part of campus life. From women's volleyball to men's football, our athletes are awesome. Games are cheap and fun to watch. We have our own team facilities including weight rooms, and trainers. Our coaches are some of the best in the country.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone Can Find Their Type Here – You can find any type of person here on campus. I mean any type of person. Even if you don't find certain types attractive everyone can agree we're all pretty attractive. I would say every person has at least 5 people who think they're attractive.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Hard but Worth It – The academics at UW madison are very demanding. I wouldn't say they are unmanageable but very few students are often on top of all their classes at once. It makes you work hard, but you work for your partying at the end of the week.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: The only parking you'll find on campus is metered parking spots. Residential passes can be bought too but it is dependent on the company you buy it from

4 College Freshman

Academics: Large Classes, They Are What You Make Them – Here at UW, classes are usually large lectures and most (not all) demand the attention of a student as if it's your only class. Although the lectures are large, if you form relationships with the professors or TAs and really study the material you can get a lot out of the class.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great Food – The places to eat on campus are good. There are many varieties. When you get tired of eating at the dining halls, you can go to Union South and get a meal.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are great! The Kohl Center is an state of the art venue.Union South is beautiful and is very modern.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It would be nice if there was more free parking for college students. College is expensive. It would just be nice if the parking was free for students.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Very Lenient – Wisconsin is pretty lenient about campus policies.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Choices! Madison has the most restaurants per capita of any other city! There are many options to choose from, and you can find affordable places. After your first couple years, you may want to venture farther from campus to take advantage of the many wonderful restaurants that aren't right on State Street.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Everything You Need – UW-Madison is constantly improving. Although many of the classrooms are pretty old, there are also many wonderful, updated facilities. The brand new Union South building is awesome - tons of study space, a movie theater, and great places to hang out.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Choices, but Pricey – If you want to live really close to campus, the prices of apartments are really inflated. You have to do a little digging (and have roommates!) to find a good deal. But the farther you go off campus, the more options you'll find at better values.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Fun and Stimulating Campus – UW-Madison is a great place to go to school. The campus and its students are lively, and there are always so many social and cultural activities to choose from.

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2 College Junior

Parking: NOWHERE TO PARK! There is no where to park on campus. If you park somewhere for 20 minutes you will most likely have a ticket or be towed. The campus is large and if you need anything off of campus you are going to want a car. If you live on campus and you are 2+ hours away from home, you are going to want a car. The city limits the amount of parking available to "Go Green" which is nice.... but that also leaves a lot of people stranded. Permits for parking are also very expensive, can cost up to $200/month to park at your apartment or at a parking ramp.

3 College Junior

Academics: Sciences = a+ – The sciences at UW-Madison are extremely competitive. UW-Madison is the school to go to in the midwest if you want to become a doctor or be a professional in the health industry. Other than that, the business school is ranked highly among the others in the nation and so is the communications department. It is pretty common that someone you would meet at a party is a science or business major. Most people just roll their eyes when they find out someone is in the busines school--it's looked down upon by the science majors. Most of everything else is just meteokre compared to other D1 schools in the nation. Fashion Design will get you a job in retail and Theater and Performing Arts will get you into the local theater program. Our band is outstanding though! Registering for classes stresses a lot of people out, but I think that is probably common throughout other schools. The workload is insane. The professors expect the students to only focus on their individual class, making it hard to do anything else that needs to be done for other classes. I don't think they really believe that all the students will get everything done that they are assigned!

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Thumbs Down to the Snobs – There are some groups of boys and girls on this campus that I wouldn't necessarily call to hang out. There is fraternity/sorority row on Langdon street. These boys and girls come from the East coast, places like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut..). They are very rich and anyone who isn't, isn't their friend. They are literally all greek or blonde. The other group I don't thoroughly enjoy on campus is the "treehugging", "gas-saving" bike-riders. They are mostly concerned with themselves and decide that bikes have all right-of-way on the road, sidewalks and in campus buildings. They don't really talk to anyone without dreads or "organic clothing". Then there are the farmers. These individuals come from small-towns in northern Wisconsin. This is my group of people! This group is pretty laid back, not rich so we value the dollar that does NOT grow on a tree in our back yard. We also enjoy our beer but like to be outdoors and be helpful to the guy sitting next to us. These are not the only groups of people on campus but a lot of people can fit into one of these three categories!

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3 College Junior

Academics: Life Sciences Communication Major – Life Sciences Communication is a major within the School of Agricultural Life Sciences, which we call "CALS". It is a small school within the University so the students get a lot more individualized attention than those in the College of Letters & Science on campus. My professors really want to see me succeed in my communications classes and I expect to get all A's my last year on campus. I will be taking 5 classes next semester, which is more than I have taken in the past. The buildings are old but it's great to be in buildings that have been on campus since the beginning of the University. I have been able to land multiple internships because of my advisor, Larry Meiller. He has a lot of great connections to the "real world" and he wants to help his students get the job they've dreamed of! Before I chose to be in this smaller program, I was in a large program in the letters of science, Spanish. The advisors and professors don't really care about you and even in one circumstance, want you to fail. After that encounter I decided that I needed to find a different major that will get me to my dream job without defeating my GPA completely. I am pretty lucky to have chosen this small program.

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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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